Check out December Sponsor Spotlight TV Superstar, Insurance expert, Soccer fan, and Foodie Dimitri Apostle with Brightway, The Dimitri J. Apostle Agency!
Written By: Allison Parker
Dimitri Apostle is no stranger to the world of insurance. Growing
up, his father had a Farm Bureau Insurance Agency in Michigan. Now as the agency owner for Brightway Insurance, Dimitri has come full circle. From seeing his father work in the industry to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the field himself, Dimitri has developed a thriving business within the Charlotte area.
Raised in western Michigan, the first taste of the insurance business came to Dimitri after attending Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. Dimitri returned home for the summer to a request from his dad to join him at Farm Bureau. From there, we can say, the rest is history.
From that first encounter in the field, Dimitri not only learned the ins and outs of the insurance business but came to appreciate the needs and wants of all types of customers. Through his experience, he found it limiting to be able to offer only one carrier to his clients. Always forward thinking, Dimitri teamed up with an independent agency to provide his customers with more options and expand the business.
Soon, he was looking to get out of the cold weather up north and to have 100-percent ownership in his agency. After much research on independent companies, he found Brightway. Offering home, auto, commercial and life insurance, Brightway’s model fulfilled all of the offerings that Dimitri was seeking to have in his agency. “The insurance industry is somewhat archaic, and I was ready to do a little disrupting,” Dimitri recalls. “My wife fully supported me, so I took my family of four to a place where I knew one person, my life savings, and bet on my dream in Charlotte — that dream is now a reality.”
When asked what’s currently a standout feature within his south Charlotte office, Dimitri shares: “My office is a market disrupter — we deliver expert advice with the market’s best pricing quicker than
anyone else, period. I won’t produce a policy I wouldn’t give myself. If I lose business to an agency that compromises on coverages, that’s OK. Integrity is everything.”
From knowing just one person in the Queen City to having a thriving business, Dimitri knows integrity and customer service are keys keeping happy customers. When it comes to referrals, his
top-notch service is a feather in any realtor’s cap. He looks to realtors as partners in the business of helping clients achieve their dream of homeownership. “Your clients will make a point to call and thank you for referring us. If the feedback isn’t ‘They’re the best, we love them, they were awesome’ or ‘They made it so easy,’ then we haven’t done our job. Also, we pride ourselves on increasing the buying power a client has to help them get the home they want. I’ve helped increase the amount by $20,000, in some instances. People don’t realize their home insurance rate can impact how much home they can buy.”
Dimitri’s growth and knowledge in the industry are keys to his success. His hard work and expertise have garnered him a spot as an expert contributor on The American Dream television show. Nationally produced, the show is aired in 40 million homes each week. One of his latest segments aired on August 18, 2018.
Dimitri finds it most fulfilling helping people find the right insurance solution to their situation. “Some of my clients are professional athletes, and some are first-time home buyers. They all have different needs, and we help identify them,” he shares. His fabulous office team shares his enthusiasm for customer services. Everyone has an individual role in helping make every customer experience a superior one. His team includes superstars Taylor, Bob, Peter, Michelle, Christina, Virginia and Steve.
Being a family man himself, Dimitri understands the underlying role of financial security that having quality insurance and an accessible local office can provide. Dimitri and his wife, Aubrey, have two active sons, Peter, 13, and Chase, 9. His wife is busy with the boys as they are both homeschooled. After school, both sons are active within the Charlotte Soccer Academy. Peter plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and Chase plays in the Youth Academy. Both teams involve a lot of travel and away games all over the region.
His family’s love for soccer overlaps with their recreation time as well. “We spend a lot of time with our soccer family and love it. We LOVE to travel. This past year we traveled to Curacao, Greece, and Switzerland. This spring break we’ll be heading to Spain for 11 days and attending a Real Madrid match in Madrid, and an FC Barcelona match in Barcelona. We’re HUGE FC Barcelona fans, so we’re super pumped.”
Besides travel and soccer, Dimitri is a self-proclaimed “HUGE foodie.” He shares, “I’m always looking for a new unique place to eat, and Charlotte has been adding some amazing places to its restaurant scene.”
From working side by side with his father in the family business to creating a business uniquely his own, Dimitri Apostle is breaking tradition to go above and beyond for his clients. Dimitri and his team at Brightway Insurance are the “go to” folks for any insurance need and can find precisely what is needed to create positive outcomes for all clients.
For more information, please contact
Dimitri J. Apostle at (704) 218-6000 or visit