CGIS was founded in 2008 by Kristen Kang and Bart LeFevre. Under their leadership, CGIS has grown, while still providing the excellent, personalized service that they have come to be known for.
Bart J. LeFevre
Co-Founder, President and CEO
Since its founding in 2008, Bart has managed the strategic growth and development of CGIS. His youthful enthusiasm and broad spectrum of industry experience, played a significant role in CGIS becoming a well-respected and leading retail energy insurance brokerage.
Bart is a 25 year veteran of the insurance industry. His experience spans a unique variety of roles, including underwriting, wholesale and retail production.
Bart spent nearly a decade as Senior Underwriter/Broker with LeFevre International, Inc., a wholesale brokerage and managing general agency headquartered in Houston, TX.
Subsequent to his wholesale career, he established two, start-up retail brokerages expanding into the Houston energy insurance market. Bart continued to evolve his career in Houston as a producer, at McGriff, Seibels & Williams, the largest US independent energy & marine broker.
In 2005, Bart relocated to California, as Director of Energy & Marine programs for Complete Insurance, Inc., a leading, independent energy broker. Within his first year, he produced and serviced over $1mm in revenue.
Bart is highly regarded as the foremost energy insurance specialist by members of the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA). The company’s emerging reputation as a leading brokerage was further demonstrated when the State of California selected CGIS to provide consultation and education to its Department of Fish and Wildlife regulators, concerning new laws affecting insurance and financial guarantees for oil and gas producers. In light of the adverse legislation, CGIS played an active role in advocating for the oil industry and received enthusiastic support from the American Insurance Association (AIA).
The success of CGIS is a direct result of Bart’s exceptional sales, management and networking skills. Since 2008, the company has grown an average of 15% year over year. In 2014, CGIS was recognized as the West Coast Risk Management Company of the Year by the Oil and Gas Awards. In 2016, the company was awarded a Board seat by the California Independent Petroleum Association, and Bart was the recipient of the Lee McFarland Award for his many years of service to the association.
Today, CGIS is a ‘super boutique’ brokerage, with an incredible team of highly seasoned professionals in program design/negotiation, contract risk management, political risk, claims negotiation and client advocacy. The company is headquartered in Irvine (Orange County), California, with a branch office in Houston, TX.
Bart has a B.B.A. in Finance with an emphasis in Insurance from Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, TX. In his spare time, he enthusiastically supports many charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Goals for Life, and Purple Songs Can Fly, a foundation that benefits children with cancer.
Bart is a Houston native and the proud father of two sons, Taylor and Joshua.
Co-Founder and Senior Executive Vice President
As a principal member, Kristen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the brokerage, overseeing client relations, human resources, accounting, and business development. She also serves as an Account Executive, managing the insurance programs for many of CGIS’ key clients.
Kristen began her career in 1998, as a claims assistant for construction risks. She quickly transitioned into a claims management position for a regional broker, servicing a diverse portfolio of risks including energy companies, hospitality, contractors, architects, medical malpractice.
Her affinity toward client relations led to a senior account manager position for the owner/founder of a large independent brokerage in Orange County. It was in this role that Kristen developed a new skillset in program negotiation, account management and coverage analysis.
Over the last 15 years, Kristen has refined her insurance and market knowledge within the upstream energy and mining sectors. This knowledge, coupled with an extensive technical understanding of operational risks, are the result of a deep-rooted passion for client advocacy.
More recently, Kristen donates a significant amount of time liaising between California oil producers and State lawmakers. A recently approved Senate bill contains new and challenging insurance requirements for California’s oil industry, threatening the financial security of many independent producers. Kristen educated senior underwriting executives at several insurance carriers, which faciliated a formal objection to this legislation by the American Insurance Association.
Kristen received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Japanese Studies and General Science from the University of California, San Diego. She holds a Certified Insurance Counselor designation, and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the California Independent Petroleum Association. In 2016, the association selected her as a recipient of the Lee McFarland Award for her many years of service.
In her spare time, she fundraised and completed a marathon for the Leukemia Society, and the Avon 39-mile walk to end breast cancer. Most recently, Kristen served on the steering committee for the Kern Energy Festival, an event dedicated to raising funds toward scholarships for Kern County youth.
Kristen is a native to Southern California, and the proud mother of twins, 9 year old daughters Katherine and Madeline.