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Jim Annis - President / CEO 


Jim graduated with high honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1974. After moving to northern Nevada in 1981, Jim owned or was involved at a chief executive level in both small and medium-sized companies prior to opening The Applied Companies in 2002.   His vision and leadership have been recognized as The Applied Companies were named one of the Best Places  to Work (EDAWN and Quantum Research) in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and were nominated for a 2008 Distinguished Business Award in the Innovation category of the Governor’s Industry Appreciation Awards (GIAA).  Jim is committed to northern Nevada as he is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Reno Centennial Sunset and is that club's Charter President, belongs to EDAWN (Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada), and has served on numerous Boards of Directors over the 30 years he has been in northern Nevada.




Celeste Peterson, PHR - Director of Operations 


Celeste is the Director of Operations for the Kawasaki Dealer’s Benefits Company.   Celeste has been in the PEO industry for over 7 years and in the human resources field for over 15 years.   She has been involved in numerous non profit organizations and held multiple board positions in Nevada.   She has a BA from the University of Nevada Reno and earned her PHR (professional in human resources) designation in 2004.  Celeste is originally from Iowa and makes Nevada her home because of her love for the mountains and the outdoors.


Email:  Celeste@k-kdbc.com

Direct Line:  775.398.5215



Julie Huffaker - Business Development Manager


Julie has over 17 years' experience in sales and marketing. She understands the challenges all small businesses face year after year to increase revenues and reduce costs. She has worked for large national companies, as well as start-ups and small to medium size organizations. Julie strives to set high standards for service and quality. Julie maintains current Health, Life, Property and Casualty insurance licenses, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from the University of Utah.

Julie loves spending time with her family, and is an avid mountain biker. Her favorite spot is Moab, Utah and the red rock desert. She now resides in Nevada, where she works for KDBC.  


Email: julie@k-kdbc.com

Direct Line: 775.398.5124


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Jennie Maxwell - Business Development Partner


Jennie has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. She was worked with both the insurance carrier and agency side of the business. Jennie has focused on health, life, property, and casualty insurance. She was additionally worked with state-based start-up carriers, as well as large, national corporations. Her roles have included management, training, team leadership, public sector, and client relations. 


Email: jennie@k-kdbc.com

Direct Line: 775.398.5136


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Jennifer Clark - Accountant 

Nine years of customer service including five years of payroll experience offers clients efficient, fast and knowledgeable responses to time sensitive payroll issues and questions. Employee satisfaction is a high priority. “I process every paycheck as if it were my own. It is imperative that the client and their employees know I am available for any payroll help they may need.” A passion for payroll is apparent when setting a client’s mind at ease while conquering tough payroll issues. Currently a student at Morrison University working toward a Bachelors degree in Business Management.


Email:  Jennifer@k-kdbc.com

Direct Line:  775.398.5217


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Jeff Anderson - Operations Partner


Jeff has over 25 years of customer service experience. During that time Jeff has spent 10 years as a certified trainer and over 10 years in safety and risk management. Jeff has the invaluable ability to ignite and encourage people. He has a passion for helping others and making things work with his “just get it done” attitude. His community service includes countless hours volunteering as a youth sports coach, a member of his local high school’s SafenSober committee along with helping families and children through Volunteers of America and USA boxing. Jeff lives to be outdoors, enjoys hiking and photography when he can find the time and is proud to say Nevada is home for over 20 years. 

Email:  jeff@k-kdbc.com

Direct Line:  775.398.5247


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Megan Annis, PHR - Benefits Partner


Megan graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Communication Studies. Shortly after graduation, she secured a position in Human Resources with Google, working in benefit support, recruiting, staffing and Human Resource generalist activities. Upon relocating to Reno, it was a natural fit for Megan to work in an environment that utilized her experience. Megan says that "interfacing with clients and providing small companies with the human resource support that they need to better manage their businesses" are the most gratifying elements of her job. She is passionate about maintaining ABS’ high customer service standard and strives to go above and beyond for her clients on a daily basis. 


Email:  Megan.Annis@AppliedBusinessNV.com

Direct Line:  775.398.5220


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