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University of Florida alum Youshan Zhao will launch her American Dream when she opens Brightway, The Zhao Agency insurance office in Central Florida next week.

With more than 20 years in the world of finance and business operations, Zhao made the decision to open her own Brightway Insurance franchise in Orlando. Her new West Colonial Drive location opens Monday.

“This is of critical importance, especially to my largely international client base focused within the Chinese investment community,” Zhao said. “Through my tax practice, I noticed my clients had a keen interest in insurance and they appreciated the professional standards I provided in tax matters.”

Hailing from Beijing, China, Zhao additionally has formal training as a financial auditor which has provided her with extensive skill sets in financial reporting and tax preparation. Moving to the United States in 2007 to pursue her graduate studies, she achieved a master’s degree in economics and statistics from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2009.

Youshan is currently writing a book on working in the insurance world. Brightway, The Zhao 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. (EST) and Saturday/Sunday appointment. Visit them at their office at 5060 West Colonial Drive, Suite 118-C in Orlando, online at or call 407-985-4433.

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 Youshan, 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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