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Kris Byus


I grew up in Madison, WV where I played football, basketball and baseball through my senior year at Scott High School. I accepted a full athletic scholarship to play football at Concord University where I earned a B.S. in Business Administration. My insurance career started in 2006 as a Commercial Insurance Specialist where I focused predominantly on business to business sales for the Art Martinez Agency.  I built a scratch book of business around $1.2 Million in the first 2 years that gave me the foundation to start my own company in September 2007 called Byus & Associates, Inc. I 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 client’s needs and understanding of how to build their commercial policy to cover the exposures present in their industry.

My current focus is heavy on the Mergers & Acquisitions side of the business. In 2010 I purchased 3 books of business that were previous Nationwide agencies, in 2013 I purchased my first independent agency in Gastonia. In 2014 I purchased another independent agent in Lawndale. The Merger I took on in 2014 in Kings Mountain where we still operate allowed me to bring in some really good talent and partner/brother-in-law Thomas Hobbs over from John Deere and merge our Lawndale location with it.

My beautiful wife Stacy is the Vice President of Byus & Associates and she keeps me in line while wrangling our 3 kids. We have boy/girl twins Kenadee & Grayson (2010) and our newest addition Barron (2016) keep us on our toes. I coached football at East Lincoln from 2008-2017 where we won 2 state championships ’12,’14 but stepped down after the 2017 season to focus on coaching my kids teams at Sally’s Y and East Lincoln Optimist Club both in Denver NC.

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. I’m currently the office manager of our headquarters in Gastonia. Come see me anytime. I would love the opportunity to earn your business.

Thomas Hobbs

Vice President – Hobbs-Byus Insurance

I graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia University and went to work for John Deere as a salesman focusing on WV and KY as my main territories. I was offered a partnership to be an investor in the purchase of Security Insurance in Lawndale NC in 2014. After getting licensed in both P&C and Fixed Life and Annuities my wife and I moved to Denver NC and I took a full time position as a managing partner and Vice President of Hobbs-Byus Insurance, Inc in Kings Mountain. I look forward to the opportunity to earn your business.

Kathy Finch

Associate Agent

I joined Byus & Associates in 2013 and have been a licensed Property & Casualty agent since Sept 2014.  I graduated from Frank L. Ashley High School in Gastonia and earned my BA Degree in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College.  I have a Siamese cat named Bucky Katt.  My hobbies include reading, playing bridge and needle work but most of all, I love spending time with my family.

Lionel Wilson

Agency Contact Representative (ACR)

I have worked with Nationwide Insurance since 2013 as an agency contact representative. I graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Health and Human Performance. I focus on keeping our client base happy and 100% on customer service. I like to fish, play golf and spend time with my wife and boy/girl twins as much as possible. I work out of our Kings Mountain location and hope to hear from you soon about how we can help with your insurance needs.

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.