Since their May 2021 ribbon-cutting, Joe Janicki and his Brightway, The Janicki Agency insurance team have made a lasting impact on their Greater Chicago suburb.

For their work with blood drives to Toys for Tots and the insurance coverage they provide throughout the year, the Lake Zurich business has been honored by the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (LZACC) as their 2022 New Business of the Year.


Residents and business owners of the Windy City suburb cast their votes for Brightway, The Janicki Agency in recognition of their work and contributions to the region in 2022. Agency owner Joe Janicki’s 2022 award-winning team consisted of Mary Schepp, Piper Damien, Jeana Schwarz and Matt Maday.

Brightway, The Janicki Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Umbrella, and Life insurance policies from numerous insurance companies. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Visit them at their office at 160 E. Main Street in Lake Zurich, Illinois, online at or call 847-807-3200.

Brightway’s corporate office staff provides expertise and support in areas including customer service, technology, accounting, marketing, distribution and business analytics. In addition, Brightway handles carrier relations and appointments, as well as support with personnel hiring, licensing, onboarding, training and retention. The company’s signature after-the-sale service empowers Agency Owners, like Joe, to focus on new business sales and provide customers the personalized service they deserve.

About Brightway Insurance

Established in 2008, Brightway grew to become one of the largest privately-owned property/casualty insurance distribution companies in the U.S. with more than 300 franchises in 34 states and more than $1 billion in annual premiums.  Recently, Brightway’s success led to a private equity investment that has infused the company with financial and human capital, and data and analytics access, to accelerate growth and deliver new and exciting market opportunities.

Brightway produces winning outcomes for franchisees and their customers by offering access to customized coverage solutions from a range of insurers paired with full back office and marketing support.  This winning model allows agents and producers to focus on addressing the needs of their customers to become trusted advisors and grow their businesses.



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