Brightway Insurance, one of the largest property and casualty insurance agencies in the US, has a new president and CEO.
The firm announced on Monday (January 06) that co-founder Michael Miller (pictured) will take over from Talman Howard as chief executive. Miller thanked Howard for his contributions to Brightway over the last seven years.
He said: “[Talman] was instrumental in helping us rebuild our executive team, which was key to our transition from being a single-state franchise system to a countrywide franchisor. Thanks to Talman, we now have an incredible team of experts driven to help our business partners achieve the greatest possible return.”
As president and CEO, Miller will oversee a fresh Brightway executive team that has been re-vamped in order to facilitate the firm’s growth goals.
Those with new executive positions include Leslie Kolleda-Wright, who has been promoted to chief of staff; Scott Pollard, who has been appointed as vice president, agency growth & development; and Chip Hyers, who has joined Brightway as vice president, sales.
In her new role as chief of staff, Kolleda-Wright will work closely with Miller to outline and execute key strategies, while also continuing to lead the firm’s marketing and communications functions. Pollard, who has assumed the role Kolleda-Wright was promoted from, will be responsible for developing and executing strategies that help Brightway franchisees grow. Meanwhile, new hire Hyers has been tasked with developing sales tools and strategies that help franchisees and the company grow.
“We’re excited about our future,” Miller commented. “When my brother David and I co-founded Brightway in 2008, we had a dream of building a $10 million agency. Today I’m proud to say we’re one of the largest personal lines agencies in the country at over $635 million in written premium. Our dream was to create a business opportunity with the lowest risk in achieving the highest possible return on investment. I’m extremely proud of everyone at Brightway and our collective accomplishments.”