Insurance Agency Leader, Legend and Innovator Chris VanAbel

Insurance veteran Chris VanAbel began her career with VAST more than 50 years ago. She has held a variety of positions and now serves as COO/CFO.


VanAbel has helped cultivate VAST’s growth and award-winning workplace, including being recognized as an IIABA Best Practices Agency for 14 consecutive years and a 2018 IBA Top Insurance Workplace. Her strategic and forward-thinking abilities have evolved VAST’s workplace to meet the needs of young mothers in her agency from creating job-sharing positions, remote worksites and flexible scheduling.


Outside of VAST, VanAbel is dedicated to giving back to her community through numerous charitable organizations including the United Way and the YMCA. In 2018, the Rotary Club of Marquette, MI named her Community Citizen of the Year. She has also been awarded the Hildebrand Award from the Michigan Association of Independent Agents and has been inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. In addition, she is the former chair of the Independent Insurance Agents National Council for Best Practices.


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