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Former co-workers open independent insurance store

201403 BWI Blake Rhodes headshot Beach Blvd

Blake Rhodes

201403 BWI Danny Sands headshot Beach Blvd

Danny Sands

Former colleagues Blake Rhodes and Danny Sands previously worked together at a local State Farm Insurance Agency and are reuniting to open a Brightway Insurance independent agency at 11160-132 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Through Brightway Insurance we have a much larger pool of companies to draw from when we’re helping our customers find the right insurance for them,” explains Sands. “More companies means more savings.”

Brightway agents have access to more than 100 insurance companies; conversely, a typical independent agent represents only about six insurance carriers.

“After three years with State Farm, I was drawn to the opportunity to provide an essential service to my community and grow my book of business using a model I haven’t seen anywhere else,” Rhodes said.

While some independent insurance agents focus strictly on selling and growing their books of business, the central office handles service transactions, carrier relationships and technology. As a result, Brightway agents consistently sell more new personal lines business than other independent agents.

“Prior to working at State Farm, I had a banking background and I began looking at ways to own a business while building relationships through helping others,” said Sands. “Brightway is a great opportunity with smarter tools, low overhead and the ability to make a renewal-based income.”

Brightway Insurance has 108 locations throughout the U.S. today. The company has earned recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine as the No. 1 insurance franchise in the country (2013), from Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the country (2008-2013) and from Franchise Business Review as a “Top 50 Franchise” (2012, 2013). Inc. Magazine also awarded Brightway its Hire Power Award, recognizing the company as one of the top 100 job creators in the U.S. (2012, 2013).
For more information, visit www.brightway.com or call 888-254-5014.


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