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Christopher (Chris) L. Peterson, MBA, ASLI, AU, AIS, AINS


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Chris graduated from Missouri State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in insurance and risk management. He remained in school and completed his Master of Business Administration in 2007. Chris grew up around insurance spending many summers and school breaks working in the family business; however, he was not set on getting into the industry until working a summer as a Personal Lines Assistant Underwriter in 2003. During his senior year in college, he completed a month-long internship with Bell & Clements in London, England, and upon graduating spent two years working as an Associate Underwriter for Nautilus Insurance Company in Scottsdale, AZ. 


In the spring of 2009, after the birth of their first child, the Peterson family moved back to the Kansas City area where Chris worked for Chris-Leef General Agency, Inc. as a Commercial Lines Underwriter and eventually Vice President, overseeing all business operations for the company. Chris was promoted to President of Chris-Leef in April of 2019. Education is extremely important to Chris; he has completed ASLI, AU, AIS, and AINS designations and completed the AAMGA UFO Leadership Education Program in 2010. Chris served as Chairman of Bell & Clements, LTD Advisory Council in 2016-2017 and on the Nationwide E&S/Specialty Agent’s Advisory Board. Chris has also served as President of WSIA U40, National Alliance of General Agents (NAGA), and Managing Director of MGA Resources.


Chris lives in Olathe, KS, with his wife, Kira, and three sons, Logan, Reed, and Eli. As a family the Petersons spend a lot of time playing golf, baseball, walking/hiking, and working out. Chris has run 5 half-marathons and a full marathon. He has also participated in cycling events, multiple golf tournaments, and bodybuilding. In addition to the many sports and activities his family is involved with, he is actively involved in his church teaching a children's Sunday school class, serving as a Deacon, and leading in Vacation Bible School.

Gary Peterson, AIS, AINS, ASLI, AU, CIW

Gary served as the President and CEO of Chris-Leef General Agency since its inception in 1982. In April of 2019, Gary retired and his son Christopher became the company's President. Gary is a graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree. He also holds his CIW and ASLI Designations. Gary has been involved with a number of organizations and served in a number of positions over his career including the Penn-America Advisory Board, Scottsdale Advisory Board, National Alliance of General Agents (NAGA) - President, American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) – Regional Director and Vice President, National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO), Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), and Homeowners Association Boards.

Gary has three children (1 son and 2 daughters) and seven grandchildren. He enjoys Scuba Diving, Hunting, and Snow Skiing.

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