75th Birthday Celebration!

by Kimberly Smith - June 27th, 2011.
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DSCN0036Today is a very special day at the Gilston Agency. Our founder, David Gilston, turns 75! David was born in New York and came down to South Carolina after graduating high school to attend the University of South Carolina, where he met his wife, Janet. David and Janet married in 1957 and moved back up to New York, but after spending only one winter up north, David and Janet moved back to South Carolina. David soon began his career in the insurance industry. 

As David reflects about his journey over the last 75 years, you can see he has another number on his mind as he says, “75! 75! 75! . . . 50! 50! 50!  I have two big numbers to celebrate. Next year is going to be a great year for us because we are celebrating our 50th year in the insurance business. It all started back in 1962, when I went to work with Combined Insurance Co. of America and I was introduced to president W. Clement Stone who introduced me to the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. One of the chapters discussed the mastermind alliance. I realized right from the start I couldn’t build an agency alone. I have been fortunate to have a great team to build an agency with. My friend and associate, Tom Swayne, has been with me 33 years and as we go forward into the next challenges of the insurance business, we have plans to grow bigger and better. Oh and by the way… the other number I’m celebrating is my 75th birthday today.  And no, I’m not going to retire.”

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