Charleston, West Virginia –The Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia, also known as Big I WV, recently declared Michael Winter as the 2023 “Earl S. Dillard Agent of the Year”.  

In the words of Traci Nelson, the CEO of Big I WV, “the Earl S. Dillard Award is presented annually to those association member agents who, throughout their career, have personified the qualities most admired by the profession”.  

Winter is a fourth-generation agency owner with over 20 years of experience. His agency, Bray & Oakley, has 6 locations in Kentucky and West Virginia that provide quality service to their communities. Michael is well-respected and involved in the insurance industry. He is currently the treasurer of Big I WV and has served on the board of directors for 7 years. He also serves on the board of the LB&T Bank Holding Company Board, LB&T Audit Committee Board and LB&T Loan Discount Board. He lives in Charleston, WV with his wife, Larra, and 3 daughters. 

Michael recently joined Fortified, an alliance of top insurance agencies. His level of experience, strong presence in West Virginia, and proven leadership skills make him a valuable asset to the Fortified network. While he has already been identified as the best of the best in West Virginia, joining Fortified will support the continued growth and success of Michael’s career by providing him with access to exclusive carrier options and the opportunity to collaborate with other top agents.