About Us

                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.



                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.




                Nicole Tackett, Vice President

                Nicole joined our organization in 2008 and has continuously been instrumental in the growth and development of Lever1. Her tech-savvy, innovative mindset helped develop our robust time and attendance software into the convenient asset that serves business owners around the nation. She also spearheaded the initative to integrate our HR software which allows Lever1 clients to simplify human resources while growing their business.

                Our clients know Nicole as the helpful advocate ensuring their employement compliance adheres to federal regulation and their trusted consultant for any HR needs. As VP, Nicole continues to manage and oversee the team of HR and payroll staff while identifying new ares of efficiency for Lever1 and our clients.




                Erica Brune, President

                Erica Brune currently serves as President of Lever1, a Kansas City based PEO.  Erica offers 15 years of human resources and strategic fiscal reporting that has led to 45% financial growth year over year for her companies.  Her role as President is to drive new business relationships, product innovation and efficiencies that give Lever1 clients the freedom to focus on the core goals of their business.  As the face of Lever1, Erica attends a wide range of trade shows and networking events educating small businesses on the tools they need to grow their businesses while taking the paper out of their work.

                Honors and Achievements:

                • 2017 Go Red for Women Co-Chair with American Heart Association of Kansas City
                • 2016 Women Who Mean Business Honoree by Kansas City Business Journal
                • 2015 Honoree among KC Business Magazine's Most Influential Women in Business
                • 2015 Startup of the Year Honoree by American Business Awards
                • Speaker at NAPEO annual conference, 2012-2014 & 2016
                • 2014 Rising Star by KC Business Magazine
                • Recognized Smart Company to Watch by Thinking Bigger Business Media, 2013-2014
                • Benefits Provider for one of KC’s Healthiest Employers of 2014



                Gregory Gragg, CEO and 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.