Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Watson Insurance Agency, Inc.
Location: Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
Thomas C. Watson Jr., Chief Executive Officer at Watson Insurance Agency, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in insurance.
Understanding the value of hard work from a young age, Mr. Watson attended the University of North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1963. Soon thereafter, he received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Joining the Watson Insurance Agency, Inc., in Gastonia, North Carolina, after obtaining his business degree, Mr. Watson served in several executive roles. Since 1991, he has served as chief executive officer of the insurance company. Established in 1934, the Watson Insurance Agency also has additional offices throughout North and South Carolina, and is recognized as one of the largest independent agencies in the Southeast United States.
A chartered property-casualty underwriter and recipient of a risk management diploma, Mr. Watson has received several accolades in recognition of his success. Named Boss of the Year by the Gastonia Association of Insurance Women in 1976 and 1977, as well as by the Gaston-Cleveland Association of Insurance Women in 1992, he was recognized as Professional Agent of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents of America in 1979. Likewise, he was deemed Carolina Agent of the Year by the Certified Professional Insurance Agent.
An alumnus of the Ashville School, Mr. Watson has served on the board of trustees since 1997, where he was also the alumni council president. He has also contributed his time to the United Way of Gaston County, the Salvation Army Boys Club, the Gaston Day School and the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce. Notably, he is also a life member of the Society of Certified Professional Insurance Agents of the Carolinas and the Insurance Firemark Society of the Professional Insurance Agents.
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