Meet the Team

Chris Batz

Chris Batz


Chris Batz is the President of The Lion Group and brings 10 years to Legal & Executive Search.

“I was connecting people before I knew I could get paid for it.”

Clients and Candidates say “I am genuine, warm and curious.”

He is a business development professional & entrepreneur in the executive search industry with a background in public accounting and a mind for big picture strategic thinking & marketing. He is a connector and catalyst for client’s goals.

What should you expect working with Chris?

“I am a detailed type A, patient, trustworthy advocate. I am a high-level strategic thinker, but I also shift to the nitty-gritty details. I live outside the box. I think big. I deliver in the present but live in the future. I am bold and open doors for people who may not have the time or want to. You can expect a prompt honest service.”

I am from St Louis, raised in South Florida and finished my two accounting degrees in Indiana. My wife, daughter, son and pug call Kansas City home since 2011.

As a family, we value courage, kindness, being connected and celebration.

Fun Facts:
My vice is books. I am a life long learner and tend to read a stack of books at once. I study businesses and am a long-term investor of publicly traded companies.

I’m an ENTP. 

Deni Gustafson

Deni Gustafson

Pennsylvania born and bred, I moved to Kansas City in 2009 and quickly fell in love with the midwest charm and warmth. Whether watching a Royals game at the “K” or having a picnic at Loose Park, this place has become home. I came to The Lion Group with a strong background in administration and customer service and I’ve used skills honed in various roles as the Administrative Recruiting Associate. 

Recruiting combines my passion for people and their stories with my love of details. Each person that I work with will find me with a listening ear, a trustworthy heart, and attention to what benefits you in your professional and personal goals. I work with attorneys and compliance professionals as they make the leap to new positions. I know that the decision to make a job change can be overwhelming, so I’m here to help eliminate as many unknowns as possible so when you move forward you can do so confidently. 

Fun Facts:

Chick-Fil-A is my love language. All day, every day (except Sunday).
I’m an aunt to one niece and one nephew who also live in KC and am convinced it’s the best title in the world!
At nearly 6 feet tall, I did indeed play basketball…for one season and I was terrible.
Creating art and beauty in my surroundings is wildly important to me!