Chris joined his father in the insurance business in 1978 to carry on his family’s insurance tradition that began in Billings, Montana, in 1921. Chris is a decorated insurance professional. He is married to an insurance underwriter who, along with two of his four children, also works for PayneWest Insurance.Chris worked as a commercial underwriter in Seattle, Washington, upon graduation from Montana State University in 1979. He joined Hoiness LaBar Insurance in 1982 and began his career as an insurance agent. Chris’s perspective comes from the family business view. He looks at each client’s business as if it was his business, his livelihood, his future. Chris is a dedicated insurance professional as recognized by the insurance industry. Chris received the John Bushnell Technical Merit Award, The Distinguished Service Award for Independent Agents of Montana, and The Distinguished Service Award for Technical Competence. He is a past national chairman of the IIABA Technical Affairs Committee and past president of Independent Insurance Agents of Montana.