Christopher R. Kristian
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
Chris has been specializing in the planning and analysis of supplemental benefits for the last 22 years. He has a keen knowledge of the issues that surround supplemental benefit plans, as well as an uncanny understanding of the inner workings of the various insurance products, which allows him the ability to tailor the products to best meet the goals of his clients. Chris was the co-designer of Westport’s proprietary high limit disability policy which was the first guaranteed issue multi life high limit policy ever offered for sale in the United States. Chris and his team have developed a number of additional first-of-its-kind product offerings to meet clients’ needs since launching the Executive Income Assurance Plan℠ (EIAP℠).
Prior to co-founding The Westport Group, Chris was a Vice President of Westport Worldwide, specializing in executive benefits. Before joining Westport Worldwide, Chris was in private practice, working with executives, professional athletes and business owners to provide them access to high quality wealth preservation and intergenerational wealth transfer strategies.
Chris has been the recipient of numerous industry awards and has presented lectures in the uses of Executive Benefits and Estate Funding to trade and professional groups. He has also been a featured guest on financial talk shows. He has been recognized in Boston Magazine numerous years as a Five Star Advisor.
Chris has also been quoted in national and local publications including the Wall Street Journal, Providence Journal Bulletin, The Atlanta Constitution, and The Denver Post. He has also authored numerous articles on a variety of subjects.
Prior to the financial services industry, Chris had a successful career as a US Army Infantry Officer, serving in some of the Army’s most elite units. The qualities of honesty and integrity that allowed him access to these elite units have provided him with the ability to objectively create appropriate products and strategies for his clients.
Gary F. Terry
Executive Vice President and Managing Director
For more than 35 years, Gary has been providing clients with his expertise associated with executive supplemental benefit plans. Gary is the co-founder of The Westport Group (TWG), which specializes in the design and implementation of supplemental disability and life insurance programs.
His current focus is designing multi-life programs to cover the unique needs of the highly compensated executives, partners and employees of TWG’s clients. These programs are structured to provide flexible, cost-effective, voluntary and company-paid solutions for life and disability insurance. He is also one of the architects of The Executive Income Assurance Plan℠ (EIAP℠), a specialty disability plan created to resolve the specific life and disability needs of these groups of highly compensated individuals.
Gary has authored numerous articles on these subjects, which have appeared in national publications including Human Resource Executive, Inside Business, Benefits Selling, Life Insurance Selling, Risk Insurance On-Line, Entreprenuer.com, along with several CPA magazines and business journals across the country.
Gary is a former Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Westport Worldwide/HRH, a firm that specialized in the design, implementation and funding of Deferred Compensation Plans (DCP’s), Supplement Executive Retirement Programs (SERP’s) and the use of Corporate Owned Life Insurance (COLI). In addition, he was the founder of the Executive Benefits Group, a division of Compensation Resources Group (CRG), which was purchased by the Hobbs Group in 2000.
Gary is a graduate of the Northeastern School of Business, as well as an alumnus of Norwich University where he currently serves as a member of The Norwich Board of Trustees.
Director of Operations, Southwest
Bob Jungman has brought to The Westport Group over 30 years expertise and experience in a number of valuable professional disciplines which comprise the design and function of benefit programs for executives and highly paid professionals.
A native of Houston, Bob was an attorney with two large Houston law firms, primarily practicing in the tax sections from 1981-1990. He began his career, as a certified public accountant, with the national accounting firm now known as Deloitte & Touche. In 1990, Bob helped found a registered investment advisory firm to work with the Frank Russell Company providing institutional investment services for corporate qualified benefit plans, institutional investors and high net worth individuals. Bob began consulting in the executive benefits area in 1995 and has designed and implemented numerous programs for a variety of law firms, publicly-traded corporations and banks.
Bob graduated with honors from Washington & Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. He received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law School.
Bob is active as a trustee and officer in a number of civic, charitable and religious organizations throughout the State of Texas.
Managing Director, Business Development
Tim Lyons recently joined the Westport Group, working on strategic business development and client acquisition. He has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and as a senior executive in the financial markets and with non-financial startup firms, and for the past six years has run his own investment and consulting firm, Lone Eagle Capital, LLC. He began his career in finance at J.P. Morgan in New York in 1994.
Tim’s network of professionals in the financial community are a valuable resource to The Westport Group, and he has played a key role in catalyzing the client acquisition process for many of our clients.
Tim graduated with a BSE in Chemical Engineering and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University. A native of Massachusetts, he currently lives in Incline Village, NV where he is an active volunteer for several non-profit groups and enjoys hiking, golf and skiing.
Victoria Craun is responsible for The Westport Groups underwriting efforts with Lloyd’s of London. She is responsible for evaluating and underwriting new risk and assist in managing the firm’s current clients. Victoria assists the firm in maintaining its role as an innovator and the undisputed market leader in multi life high limit disability insurance and other ancillary insurance lines worldwide.
Victoria Craun is a cum laude graduate of Clemson University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Finance. Previously she worked at the University Office of Finance and Operations where she developed benchmarking analysis on a variety of campus auxiliaries and programs. Victoria is a native of Barrington, Rhode Island.