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Who We Are


Lever1 is a Kansas City-based professional employer organization (PEO) providing a multitude of resources for businesses across the country. Integrated services enable business owners to cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, payroll, employee benefits and Workers’ Compensation.

PEO clients are able to focus on their most pressing business operation in order to maintain and grow their bottom line. It is the goal of Lever1 to partner with other businesses to provide employer solutions to fit small and midsized business needs. Lever1’s biggest measurement of achievement is the growth and success of its clients.

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Our Mission


Lever1 will provide administrative and management solutions for small business owners. By assisting businesses with their office management needs, Lever1 allows its clients to focus their resources on generating revenue. Utilizing Lever1’s PEO plan allows business owners the opportunity to provide their employees competitive benefits otherwise not feasible.

What Others are saying

What Others Are Saying


“As a small business owner, Lever1 has basically given me an HR department for a fraction of the cost. They are VERY fast at communicating with us. They are also great listeners and wonderful resources when HR issues come up. Additionally, I was able to offer employees a bunch of benefits I otherwise couldn’t afford because of their connections. We love the 401K program they offer.” – Katie Yeager

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Our Leadership


Erica Brune

Erica Brune, President

As Owner and President of Lever1, Erica is responsible for strategic planning, management and business oversight. With Erica’s guidance, Lever1, a fully accredited professional employer organization, has secured an industry-wide reputation of excellence, operational reliability and thought leadership.

Gregory Gragg

Gregory Gragg, CEO & Chairman

As Chairman and CEO of Lever1, Greg Gragg has over 30 years of business management experience through business consulting and advisement. A true entrepreneur, Greg has spent the past 24 years growing his flagship advertising agency into one of the top companies in the Kansas City area, and has since started four additional companies specializing in lead generation, internet compliance, consulting, and business services.

Danielle Bearden

Danielle Bearden, Director of Human Resources

Danielle Bearden is a dynamic HR professional, currently serving as the Director of Human Resources at Lever1, planning, developing, and directing the administration of all HR functions within the Lever1 Human Resources Department. She has over 15 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources including strategic planning, total rewards, performance management, employee wellness and safety, HR compliance and labor relations.

Nancy Velez

Nancy Velez, Director of Account Service

Nancy’s 10+ years of experience in Human Resources and employee management makes her the best person to help clients achieve results and maintain compliance and peace of mind with HR, payroll, and benefit needs. Nancy is responsible for the day-to-day contact for all new hires along with all matters that directly affect the payroll process.

Chad Braymer

Chad Braymer, Director of Operations

Chad brings more than 26 years of experience in a wide variety of roles within the professional services industry to his position at Lever1. Over the course of his career, he has enabled tremendous growth in revenue and profitability by developing highly scalable operational processes and cohesive work teams.

Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman, Controller

Greg’s expertise serves our clients in the capacity of all things related to business efficiencies. He is a CPA with over a decade of experience in both the public and private accounting. He advises our clients on the complexity of compliance regarding human resources, taxes, and accounting.

Christy Wilson

Christy Wilson, Business Development Director

Prior to joining Lever1, Christy was a senior staff member for Hallmark vice presidents and understands the importance of best practice HR policies in leading and maintaining an engaged workforce. Christy’s experience ranged from manufacturing and distribution to creative and marketing employee populations representing a broad range of compliance and policy perspectives. In addition to leading a charitable foundation, she has served on event and organizational boards for several nonprofits and is a member of NonProfit Connect.

Pam Martin

Pam Martin, Director of Recruiting Services

Pam Martin is our Director of Recruitment Services. Her strengths include relationship building among clients and candidates alike in order to optimize the recruiting match. She is active in a variety of key networking organizations including the Association for Corporate Group of Kansas City, Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), and the Corporate Growth Group.

Jay Fisher

Jay Fisher, Systems Manager

Jay Fisher brings over 15 years of experience in human resources, hiring and payroll to his position as Systems Manager for Lever1. Jay is responsible for managing our HRIS systems as well as our timekeeping system. Through this role, Jay is able to analyze the needs of a variety of clients and businesses and personalize their experience.