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Chairman Change at Brightway Insurance


Brightway Insurance co-founders David (left) and Michael Miller.

A leadership change is underway at Brightway Insurance, a national property/casualty insurance franchise with agencies in 17 states.

David Miller, who co-founded the company as Miller Insurance Group with brother Michael Miller in 2003 and started franchising as Brightway in 2008, will transition to the role of executive chairman while Michael will take over as chairman.

Jacksonville, Florida-based Brightway continues to expand its footprint in 2017, including the signing of new franchisees in Washington, Alabama and Indiana, and in his new role Michael will oversee the execution of growth strategies developed with his brother and leadership team.

“I have always slept well knowing my brother and I worked side-by-side building this business,” said David Miller in a statement. “Over the years I’ve watched him grow into a respected leader. His smarts, business savvy, and most importantly his emotional intelligence and drive for results make him the ideal next leader of this organization while I take a step sideways so I can focus on working with Michael and our leadership team on our long-term strategy and growth plans.”

That leadership team includes the company’s president, insurance industry veteran Talman Howard, CFO Bob Taylor, previously of H&R Block subsidiary Express Tax, VP of Customer Experience Kris Azar, and marketing VP Leslie Kolleda.

Michael Miller noted he’s “humbled and honored” by his brother’s confidence in him, and plans to continue what they started, “a business based on our values, which include producing winning outcomes for all stakeholders.”

“As a result, we’ve created a company that, in nine short years, has grown to be one of the largest property/casualty insurance agencies in the country,” said Michael in a statement.

The company reports its franchise owners make more than three times the income of individuals who are self-employed in other businesses, and for top performers, the gap is six-fold. 

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