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Chris Dhooghe is a financial consultant and entrepreneurial specialist. He is the co-owner and vice-president of ZC Financial, a business consulting firm with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the president of Dhooghe Properties, LLC, a property investment firm with offices in Pittsburg and Kansas. His professional qualifications include expertise in finance, commercial production, and event marketing.
Chris is married to Bridget Dhooghe. The couple lives in Overland Park, Kansas with their four children.
Chris’ entry into the business world came about via his interest in the mortuary business and his innate sales talent. In the late 1990s, he pitched funeral insurance policies to dozens of clients in the Midwest, and quickly became one of the leading names in the business. In 2001, a surprise phone call from a business mentor resulted in Chris taking the next big step of his career as head of his own insurance agency.
This mentor told Chris of an established insurance agency that was going on sale: the Steve Elliot Insurance Agency, located in Pittsburg, Kansas. Together with a longtime friend, Chris pooled the $500,000 needed to buy the agency, and carried on operations where it left off. It wasn’t long before Steve Elliot became one of the largest insurance firms in the area, with a client base of more than 2,000. The growing needs of the company required additional space, and the partners eventually purchased a 7,000 square feet retail center that served as company headquarters. It was also around this time that Chris invested in two mobile home parks.
After three years in the insurance business, Chris was eager to explore other opportunities, which lead to an entirely new career in digital technology. He launched an online photo contest in 2004, which proved to be a global hit, with more than 20,000 visitors from all over the world coming in daily. With the addition of a publishing division, the site was soon selling its photography books to customers from around the world, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues racked up. The company also launched a newsletter division in 2007. This proved to be another successful venture for the firm, with tens of thousands of subscribers signing up within weeks.
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By 2010, Chris had again set his sights on a new venture. He sold his publishing firm to a supplier and briefly returned to his roots selling funeral insurance plans. While catering to the needs of the growing Baby Boomer market, Chris came upon an entirely different concept, albeit although intended for the senior market. Chris quickly set about developing a business plan for his own unique take on the product, with the goal of capturing the US market. Once again, Chris enlisted the aid of a friend, this time, one who had extensive experience in establishing and managing a nationwide sales force. This partner came on board in 2013, and the company’s surge in sales capability resulted in huge revenues. Today, Chris’s new firm continues to expand across the Midwest, with plans underway to expand the company’s reach across North America.
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Chris’s professional career started in 2001, when he was President of Brooke Insurance & Financial Services, an independent insurance agency. The company’s headquarters were located in Pittsburg, Kansas, and Chris held the position for more than 3 years, from September 2001 to October 2004.
In October 2002, Chris became President of Dhooghe Properties, LLC, a position that he still holds today. A specialist property investment firm, Dhooghe Properties is also based in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Apart from his role at Dhooghe Properties, Chris is also co-owner and Vice-President at ZC Financial, a professional property and finance consultancy firm located in Kansas City, Missouri Area. Chris has been with ZC Financial from March 2016 to the present.
Today, Chris is committed to building on the successes of the various businesses that he has established over the years. Even with his highly demanding roles at Dhooghe Properties and ZC Financial taking up much of his time, he still finds time to explore new ideas and further develop his numerous passions. Driven by a creative spirit, a captivating sales personality, and a genuine desire to be of service to the community, Chris has years of ideas and projects that have yet to be explored. One this is for sure: whatever Dhooghe has in store for the next several years, the result will undoubtedly cause some ripples in the industry.