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Chris Agness

Chris Agness was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where he attended Westlake High School. In 2007, Chris went on to earn his BBA in Finance at Auburn University. He would often return home in the summers to work at the family agency, Lumber Insurance Services.  

After graduating from Auburn University with his BBA, Chris moved to Philadelphia where he worked for Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company (PLM). During his time with PLM, he worked with the underwriting, marketing and claims teams building a great understanding of how the insurance business works. 


In 2012, he moved back to Austin and started full time at Lumber Insurance Services. Since coming back to the family business, Chris has helped expand the agency to over 30 states. It is now the largest retail lumber insurance agency in the United States.

In 2015, Chris along with his father and brother founded Waterloo Insurance in order to diversify and grow the reach of their customer base. Waterloo Insurance specializes in commercial property and casualty insurance in Central Texas.

Chris has become very involved with the Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT), where he currently sits on the Board of Directors. He also sits on the board of The Independent Insurance Agents of Austin (IIAA). In high school, Chris achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and continues to stay involved with scouting via National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). Chris has been a longtime supporter and volunteer at Mobile Loaves and Fishes as well as KIPP Austin Public Schools.  


Chris was married in 2017 to Katie Brown Agness, whom he met while attending Auburn University. In 2019 Chris and Katie welcomed twins to the family: a son named Gatlin and a daughter named Hazel. They currently live in Austin with their dogs, Bonnie and Charlie, and enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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