JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 10, 2017) — More consumers are about to experience a better way to shop for insurance, and six women are realizing the American dream of business ownership as Brightway Insurance continues to expand across the country. On Monday, May 15, the nation’s seventh largest privately held Personal Lines independent insurance agency will make company history as it opens five new agencies in one day, two of which are the first Brightway agencies to open in California, and all five agencies are owned by women.

“We’re thrilled to bring our brand and an enlightened experience to consumers in California as we open our first Agencies in Los Angeles May 15,” said Brightway President, Talman Howard. “In addition to expanding to the West Coast, we are opening Agencies in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Florida and enjoying unprecedented growth.”

Howard added, “Our Agency Owners are the face of our brand, so we’re very selective in whom we choose to invest. With the backend support Brightway provides, they will become an excellent source for expert counsel and more choice as consumers look to protect their financial futures through proper insurance coverage.”

The women opening Brightway’s newest agencies are part of a growing number of women-owned businesses in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women own one out of every three businesses.What’s more, the average Brightway Agency owned by a woman employs four people, while the average U.S. woman-owned business employs one person, according to an American Express report.

Brightway’s trailblazers making history May 15 are:


  1.       Jenny McKenzie, Owner of Brightway, The McKenzie Agency, located at 426 West Coleman Blvd., Unit F, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. For more information, visit BrightwayMcKenzie.com.


  1.       Allison Chaumont, Owner of Brightway, The Chaumont Agency, located at 301 N. Bryant Avenue, Suite 200 in Edmond, Okla. For more information, visit BrightwayChaumont.com


  1.       Mylynn Kwok, Owner of Brightway, The AllSource Agency, located at 15602 Francisquito Ave., in La Puente, Calif. For more information, visit BrightwayAllSource.com


  1.       Alicia Katz, Owner of Brightway, The Katz Agency, located at 14052 Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks, Calif. For more information, visit BrightwayKatz.com.


  1.       Jacqueline Howard and Robin White-Twiggs, Co-owners of Brightway, Miami Lakes, located at 16010 NW 57th Ave, Suite 110 in Miami Lakes, Fla. For more information, visit BrightwayMiamiLakes.com.


“I learned about Brightway from Kandie Landers, who opened a Brightway Agency in Colorado last year. She has been very successful at leveraging the resources Brightway provides, so much that she is preparing to open her second location in Florida,” said Chaumont. “As a businesswoman and a mom, I’m looking forward to being a part of a company that values family and me as a franchise owner and makes every effort to equip me with all the tools necessary so I can focus on finding the best insurance policies available for my customers.”

Brightway agencies offer customized Home, Condo, Renters, Auto, Flood, RV, Motorcycle, Boat, ATV and Umbrella insurance policies from a broad selection of insurance companies. Brightway agencies leverage their insurance company selection along with comprehensive support to focus on customizing policies for customers. As a result, they outsell other independent insurance agencies two-to-one*.

About Brightway Insurance

Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent agencies throughout the country. With more than $456 million in annualized written premium, the company is the nation’s seventh largest privately held Personal Lines independent insurance agency.

Brightway began franchising operations in 2008 and has since grown to more than 700 people in 14 states serving customers in all 50 states. Forbes has recognized the company as America’s No. 1 Franchise to Buy. Additionally, the company was named a top franchise three years in a row by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the fastest-growing private companies in America nine consecutive years by Inc. 5000. People wishing to learn more about Agency Ownership with Brightway may visit BrightwayDifference.com and find us on LinkedIn. Consumers seeking a better insurance buying experience may visit Brightway.com, and find us on Facebook.

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