onebrightly provides high-touch personal services for the benefit of insurance carriers and financial institutions. The company was founded to disrupt the way insurance is currently sold — to fix a system that is broken. We seek to stand up lines quickly and provide services otherwise not available in the market. We bundle these lines with other technology and data-driven service solutions from other onebrightly-partner companies to enable players in the insurance industry to draw conclusions and offer new insights that would otherwise be unattainable.
We'll consider any comments or suggestions you are willing to share. Our founders are good listeners. Frankly, listening is the only way we know to identify and assess your needs. And after all, helping folks solve perplexing problems is our mission. Our product development team is experienced in creating innovative solutions that benefit our clients. Many institutions have relied on our leadership's timeliness and innovation to service their policyholders, depositors, and members for decades. Years of listening brought us many valuable lessons and insights. We have seen the hurdles in the current insurance industry, and we have developed Quik-Line as an adaptable and universal solution. We put our clients, and the needs of their end users, front and center, and seek to provide services and solutions that will directly serve your needs.
The onebrightly leadership team brings depth and breadth of industry experience including building customer-centric technology platforms in the Financial Services and Insurance industries. onebrightly partners have previously held leadership positions at brokerage and agency firms specializing in Association, Direct Marketing, Life and Health, and Property-Casualty. We have led and participated in product development and innovation for insurance, and complementary and standalone risk management and protection products and services. This has all been honed through years of sales and marketing, technology, and analytics experience.
We are passionate about the services we build — not only for the technological and business opportunities they present but also for the potential they have to effect positive change in the lives of ordinary Americans. We have cultivated a team that pioneers new solutions and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to transformational and positive change.
Philip Gow, Managing Partner
Philip Gow is a co-founder and the current Managing Partner at onebrightly. Drawing from his diverse background in business and technology, Mr. Gow has led the formation of onebrightly's unique approach to the insurance industry — combining intelligent technology with high-touch services to deliver real value to carriers and brokers, allowing them to stand up lines quickly and to better serve the needs of the end-user while keeping costs low.
A leader in business and technology, Mr. Gow has established and led onebrightly's partner groups, Advisory Platform Solutions (APS) and Global Institutional Solutions (GIS). APS functions as a consulting firm specializing in solutions that address the unique challenges of the investment community, while GIS provides health, privacy, and disaster, chargeback, and employer policies services to Institutional clients. Recognizing the market need for insurance carriers and brokers to operationalize new lines of business quickly, Mr. Gow incorporated aspects of APS and GIS to form onebrightly in 2017.
Prior to founding APS, GIS, and onebrightly, Mr. Gow led the Wealth Management and Financial Planning practice at American Management Systems (currently CGI). His entrepreneurial experience includes successfully establishing and leading three technology services firms, an online education company, and a digital financial planning tools company. His professional experience includes providing strategic consulting services to CEOs within Underwriter 500 banking, brokerage and insurance firms.
An acknowledged expert in management and technology consulting, Mr. Gow routinely addresses industry conferences and contributes regularly to industry events and publications. In addition to his focus on digital marketing and wealth management, he provides contributions to the areas of client experience, innovation, digital publishing, site usability, and tool adoption.
Mr. Gow holds an undergraduate degree from John Hopkins University and advanced degrees from The Wharton School and Harvard University.
onebrightly is pleased to include a proven sales leader as part of the management team. Christopher Christensen brings 20+ years of successful sales leadership and delivering value to enterprise and small business customers through cross-functional teams in various markets. He has a proven track record of leading strategic, enterprise, and inside sales teams to drive top line growth and profitability.
Mr. Christensen is experienced in building, structuring, and integrating large, medium and small organizations. He is adept in driving high performance through selection and development of high functioning teams, equipping them with best industry practices and the right tools to accomplish the mission.
Mr. Christensen brings a strong understanding of the insurance industry and software solutions. Starting his insurance career over 25 years ago as a licensed agent, he has experience in Property & Casualty and Life & Health products with captive, association, and independent insurance agency environments. He transitioned into SaaS solutions and insurance technology over ten years ago and has had experience with multiple solutions serving the carrier, broker, and MGA space to include co-ownership of a P&L and product line, solution engineering, and driving marketing, development and production.
Mr. Christensen brings a unique combination of experience, strategic planning, execution, intuition and an understanding of customer needs along the entire insurance spectrum. He has spoken and participated in multiple industry organization and association events and meetings. He currently sits on the board for a local non-profit and holds an executive advisory position in operations for another.
M Elizabeth Byam
M Elizabeth Byam brings her experience as COO for Advisory Platform Solutions to the same role for onebrightly, .
Ms. Byam has held director and managerial positions in multiple industries, including professional consultancies, financial services, and insurance. Her experience includes work with notable financial services and insurance firms such as Security Pacific National Bank (Bank of America), TRW Credit (Equifax), Morgan Stanley, T Rowe Price, TIAA-CREF, Vanguard, Coastal States Life Insurance, Cologne Reinsurance, Prudential, and Transamerica.
Ms. Byam's earlier career emphasized all phases of product development and project management life cycles. Her specialties include corporate and business strategic evaluations through SWOT analysis, effectiveness reviews, organizational analysis, and process investigation; all phases of risk management at the project, program, business, and enterprise levels; build versus buy decisions; implementation planning and strategic pilot selection; contract negotiation, administration, and maintenance agreements; and contract closeout.
Ms. Byam holds her MBA from the Anderson School at the University of New Mexico and a PMP from the Project Management Institute.
Kevin Ames brings more than 20 years of software architecture and development experience to onebrightly and serves as chief technology officer. Mr. Ames has an extensive technological background covering all aspects of the software development lifecycle across multiple disciplines including transportation, computer hardware & software, and financial industries.
For the past 10 years Mr. Ames has been a lead architect and developer for Advisory Platform Solutions (APS) focused primarily on web-based software development for the financial and insurance communities. During that time he has architected, designed and developed both front-end and back-end systems with focus on quality, reliability, usability and scalability of those solutions.
Prior to joining APS, Mr. Ames served as a software developer for Hewlett-Packard where he helped architect and develop the first software-oriented architecture (SOA) platform within the company. He began his career with Federal Express where he worked on a real-time tracking system for both land and air-based vehicles.
Mr. Ames holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and advanced degrees from the Thayer School of Engineering and from the University of Tennessee.