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A real “Champ” in the business world sets course for a new venture in South Florida next week. Michael “Champ” Champer opens Brightway, The Michael Champer Insurance Agency on Monday.

A transplant to the Sunshine State from Ohio, Champer brings 30 years of sales experience to the Naples market by way of his Brightway agency. The Panther Lane location is a culmination of all the right things happening at the right time.

The son of a former railroad field terminal manager and a Midwest homemaker, Champer, 54, is a product of Small Town U.S.A.

“As a kid from Marion (OH) in the 1970s, I always wanted to be an astronaut,” Champer said of his life in the small northern town. “However, being from such a small city, there was only one of three things that you were destined for after graduating from high school. A trip to college, the military or the Honda plant.” Champers’ first job would be with the Honda of America Manufacturing plant in Marysville (OH).

What ensued, though, would be three decades of record-setting sales performances in the Greater Columbus auto industry up until Champers’ relocation to Florida in 2015.

Much like another small-town Buckeye, the famous American astronaut John Glenn, Champer is launching his mission with hopes of taking his industry to the next level in South Florida.

With two grown sons and a wife, Michel, all working in the medical field, Champer has been providing his own care to customers for more than three decades now. Now, Michel will join Michael to work as an agent within the franchise.

Brightway, The Michael Champer Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Umbrella, Commercial and Life insurance policies from numerous insurance companies. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Visit them at their office at 1415 Panther Lane, Suite 152 in Naples, online at or call 239-963-2070.

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