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Kris Byus

CEO/President

My insurance career started in 2006 as a CFUS Commercial Field Underwriting Specialist where I focused predominately on business to business sales for the Art Martinez Agency.  I was able to build a solid scratch book of business that gave me the foundation to start my own company in September 2007 called Byus & Associates, Inc and worked as an independent contractor for Nationwide Insurance working as a commercial specialist until 2010.  In August 2010 Nationwide Insurance offered me my own agency in Gastonia NC. I could not be happier with the direction we are headed being an independent agency for commercial insurance while still being an exclusive Nationwide Insurance agency for personal lines like home and automobile insurance.  This competitive advantage has created many opportunities for our Agents to be extremely competitive in the commercial marketplace. My experience with CEO’s of franchise operations, down to the mom and pop small business owners, gives me a vast knowledge of each clients needs and understanding of how to build their commercial policy to cover all exposures present.

My goal is to continue to provide exceptional service and competitive pricing for any and all clients with a consultative approach.  And to truly offer the “On Your Side” service we promise to our clients.

I look forward to having the opportunity to earn your business.

Edwin Ayala

Operations Manager

I have been with Nationwide Insurance since 2009 as a licensed agent for Property, Casualty and Life in both NC and SC. I graduated from Hunter Huss High School and attended NC State University and UNCC. I am On Your Side Certified by Nationwide and speak fluent Spanish.  My current position with Byus & Associates, Inc is Operations Manager and I work out of our headquarters in Gastonia, NC.

Kim Hoffman

 Gastonia Office Manager

I have worked with Nationwide Insurance since May 2003 and am licensed in P & C and Life. I attended Kings College, Charlotte, NC and CPCC, Charlotte, NC. I enjoy cooking, baking, reading anything, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Shelia Guagliano

Kings Mountain Office Manager

I have always enjoyed helping others and interacting with the public. I love to make people laugh and smile! I have been in the insurance industry since 2008 and hold my Property & Casualty and Life licenses. I enjoy staying active, decorating, gardening & spending time with my husband and daughter.

Kathy Finch

Associate Agent

I have been with Nationwide Insurance for 2 years as a licensed agent for Property, Casualty and Life in both NC and SC. I graduated from Hunter Huss High School and attended NC State University and UNCC. I am On Your Side Certified by Nationwide and speak fluent Spanish.

Lionel Wilson

Agency Contact Representative (ACR)

I have worked with Nationwide Insurance since May 2003 and am licensed in P & C and Life. I attended Kings College, Charlotte, NC and CPCC, Charlotte, NC. I enjoy cooking, baking, reading anything, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Shan McAteer

Brokerage Division Manager

I have always enjoyed helping others and interacting with the public. I love to make people laugh and smile! I have been in the insurance industry since 2008 and hold my Property & Casualty and Life licenses. I enjoy staying active, decorating, gardening & spending time with my husband and daughter.

Divyang Patel

Financial Specialist

My professional career started very young helping my father run our family business. That’s where I met Kris Byus, he was our agent. I’m fully licensed in sale Life Insurance in North Carolina. I further extended my professionalism and teamed up with The Kris Byus Agency as a Financial/Life Insurance specialist. I went to Monroe high school and attended Wingate University where I graduated with a B.S. degree in marketing. I enjoy helping and working with people. I speak English, Gujarati, and Hindi fluently and enjoy playing and watching cricket.

John Arias

Property & Casualty Specialist

I have worked with Nationwide Insurance since January 2011 and am fully licensed to sale Property & Casualty in NC. I graduated from Hunter Huss High School where I played soccer. I’m fluent in Spanish.