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Columbia Star Profiles Chris Weston

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C.T. Weston & Associates is an insurance firm owned and run by Chris Weston. The firm is a success story and has been for decades, but Weston’s position with Sertoma Inc. is what piqued interest in him at The Columbia Star.

Communitarianism is threatened, as illustrated in the recent book, Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam, where the country is losing its sense of neighborliness and community and shared responsibility. Probably due in part to cutthroat competition in commerce and the professions and even the arts, there is a falloff in civic club membership. There’s no time, as the common complaint goes.

Weston is a long–term member of the Columbia Sertoma group, about 55 Columbians who meet at Seawell’s across Rosewood Drive from The Rocket. Weston has been a district governor for two years and next an international director. Weston’s new position with Sertoma Inc. is junior vice president, and then he’ll rise soon to senior vice president, which puts him in line to become president– elect.

Sertoma’s beginnings were in Kansas City, 1912, in the Coates House Hotel. Then it was called the Co- Operative Club. The Sugar Bowl football game in New Orleans was first put together by the local Co- Operative group in 1934. There was an official name change to Sertoma in 1950 when the phrase SERvice TO MAnkind offered its three syllables.

Every year Sertoma clubs raise more than $20 million for local community service projects. Weston would like to see that on the rise.

Weston was born at Columbia’s Baptist Hospital. His father was Tucker Weston, an orthopaedic surgeon. Watson was the third oldest of five children. Immediately above him is Mary Weston Grimball, recently the CEO at Junior Achievement.

After getting schooled at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Schneider and Brennan Elementary, and Crayton Junior High School, Weston left town for his four years of high school at Christchurch School on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia. At Christchurch Weston was on the track, soccer, tennis, and sailing teams.

Weston went to The Citadel where he stayed with his sailing, competing across the country. His tennis developed a mean twohanded backhand, which he put to full use as a 3.5 league player until his eyesight failed to keep up with the demands of the game.

He started The Citadel in pre–med, and he finished in business. Immediately upon graduation with his BS in business, Weston went to work as a manufacturer’s representative for Columbia’s Tom Glazebrook. After ten years with Glazebrook, Weston totally immersed in the insurance industry.

Weston hung his own shingle at C.T. Weston & Associates about 20 years ago. He located in his father’s office building at 1410 Barnwell Street.

While sailing in Charleston, Weston met his wife, Charleston’s Anne Thornbill, a graduate of both Ashley Hall and Duke University. She is the associate head of school and provost at Heathwood Hall. They have two girls. Sarah is a Clemson alumna living in Los Angeles and working in human resources for a Fortune 500 company, Taycor, the country’s top equipment financing and equipment leasing compa- ny. Drayton is a junior at Clemson, planning on a semester in France next year.

When their girls were eight and four, the Westons took in two boys from India, ages 14 and 15, thinking it would be for less than a year while the boys attended Heathwood Hall. Ten years of temporary stand-in parenting later, the Westons helped the boys move back to Daman, more than a 100 miles north of Mumbai. They are both married and running the family businesses — big businesses, it must be said.

Chris and Anne Weston are looking forward to taking out some time next year while they visit their daughter Drayton in France.

See the story in the Columbia Star.