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A passion for education has a Pasco County man excited about his next assignment. The former Pinellas and Hillsborough County teacher and coach is launching Brightway, The Dotter Agency in Port Richey on Monday.

After more than two decades of instructing thousands of students in the Greater Tampa Bay area, Dan Dotter will now be educating them and their families on how to prepare for the future through his new insurance franchise on U.S. Highway 19.

“After teaching and coaching students for 22 years, this is a perfect opportunity for me. Being able to help them and others in the Tampa Bay Area be ready for the future just feels like one more lesson,” Dotter said.

To complement his new agency, the former Northeast (Pinellas) High School, Chamberlain (Hillsborough) High School and Hillsborough Virtual (HVK12) educator and coach also holds his real estate license in the State of Florida.

Previously known for leading student-athletes on the soccer and flag football fields of the Bay area, the University of Central Florida alum (’99) holds a Bachelor of Science in English Language Arts Education. “Like any teacher, there is always this connection with each one of your students,” Dotter added. “It’s a great feeling to know I’ll have a chance to prepare them and our neighbors when it comes to keeping what’s important to them safe.”

From Gulf Harbors to the Bay, Brightway, The Dotter 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 by appointment. Visit them at their office at 5609 U.S. Highway 19 in New Port Richey, online at or call 727-478-3080.

Married for 13 years, Dan and his wife, Kristi, live in Pasco County with their two children, Jack and Savana.

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 Dan, 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 over $900 million 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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