Tom Younger Sr. cares rather a lot about serving to individuals.
That high quality has served him nicely through the years and endeared him to many individuals within the Aiken group and past, whereas permitting him to construct up a fantastic enterprise with Allstate.
Nevertheless, Younger is rarely one to place himself first and would not care concerning the recognition.
“The largest factor is I attempt to deal with you want I’d need you to deal with me,” Younger mentioned. “You form of try this, and usually every little thing works out.”
Born and raised within the small textile city of Ware Shoals, Younger was a tough employee from a younger age. He obtained his first job when he was within the seventh grade, delivering newspapers for the Index-Journal. He additionally labored at a grocery retailer earlier than working for his uncle the 2 summers earlier than school.
Younger mentioned he loved rising up in Ware Shoals as a result of it was a small city the place everyone knew everyone.
“It was a very good life, it actually was,” Younger mentioned.
After ending highschool, Younger attended Anderson Faculty for 2 years, because it was a junior school at the moment. He took the entire primary programs that one would take at a daily college, and was trying to attend both Clemson College or the College of South Carolina.
Younger obtained out the curriculum for each colleges to check them and resolve which one he wished to attend. After doing so, his alternative grew to become fairly straightforward.
“To be trustworthy with you, I went to Carolina as a result of I didn’t must take calculus,” Younger mentioned with fun.
Younger mentioned he loved his time in school and was profitable academically.
After graduating with a enterprise diploma, he went to work for Springs Mills in Fort Mill. He loved the job, however a extra attention-grabbing alternative arose someday when he was out on the golf course. The person Younger was enjoying with advised him there was a job coming open with Allstate in Charlotte, North Carolina. Younger, who was dwelling in Rock Hill on the time, figured he’d give it a shot.
“So, I interviewed for it they usually waited about two weeks and referred to as me again and advised me I had the job,” Younger mentioned.
When Younger went in to speak to Allstate about accepting, he was advised the job would pay $650 a month, however he needed to pay a finders price, which was additionally $650. Younger, not having the cash to pay the price, mentioned he couldn’t take the job.
The individual Younger was speaking to requested him to attend a couple of minutes whereas some cellphone calls had been made. Happily, the person got here again and advised Younger the corporate had agreed to pay the price for him. Thus, Younger’s Allstate profession had begun.
“I went to work with them in accounting as a result of I’d taken some accounting programs at Carolina,” Younger mentioned. “After I obtained into accounting, I form of noticed the entire deal of what was happening with the corporate. Then, I requested to switch into gross sales.”
Younger was advised there have been two openings out there: one in Columbia and one in Aiken.
“I felt like Aiken, being a small city, that I might have extra development and lift a household in slightly totally different environment,” Younger mentioned. “I ended up coming to Allstate in Aiken in 1969.”
When Younger arrived in Aiken, every little thing he owned was in his automobile. He lived with two guys he knew from highschool who had been working on the Savannah River Web site. He labored at a sales space within the Sears retailer till 1982 when Allstate got here out with a program to maneuver staff into places of work. Younger took benefit of that chance and has been in the identical workplace on Whiskey Highway ever since.
“It’s labored out rather a lot higher being down right here than simply being on the Sears retailer in a sales space,” he mentioned.
Younger began off by himself within the workplace and now has seven staff. Whereas with Allstate, Younger has had the glory to serve on many assessment boards and councils throughout the firm. He was even inducted into the Allstate Corridor of Fame in 2007.
Jim Uschelbec, Allstate’s district gross sales director for the Carolinas, has identified Younger since he began with the corporate round 31 years in the past.
“(Younger) was the man that everyone pointed to and mentioned, ‘you wish to be like him. In the event you’re going to construct a profession, that’s what you wish to seem like,'” Uschelbec mentioned.
In describing Younger, Uschelbec mentioned he is the “consummate Southern gentleman.”
“You consider a very good previous Southern gentleman, you suppose Tom Younger,” Uschelbec mentioned. “He’d provide the shirt off his again; he’ll help you. He’s supported me within the development of my profession.”
“Tom treats everybody with respect and dignity, and he will get it again in aces,” Uschelbec continued.
Since being in Aiken, Younger has been concerned with quite a few organizations, together with the Jaycees, Rotary Membership, the Aiken County Gamecock Membership and Millbrook Baptist Church, which he attends.
Through the years at Millbrook, Younger has served as a deacon and the chairman of some totally different committees, together with the constructing committee when the church constructed its new sanctuary.
“Happily, I can sit right here at my desk and see the steeple of the church, which is fairly neat,” Younger mentioned.
Invoice Howard, Millbrook’s minister of music and worship, spoke extremely of Younger, describing him as beneficiant, humble, caring and compassionate. Howard mentioned that when he and his household got here to Aiken in 2009, their house in Camden had not offered, in order that they could not purchase a home but. Younger set Howard up in a two-bedroom condo he had. At first, it was simply Howard, however as the varsity yr began and their house nonetheless hadn’t offered, his household needed to transfer all the way down to Aiken.
“We had been all on this little two-bedroom condo, my spouse and I and our youngest youngster was sleeping on a mat in a single bed room, and our two women had been sleeping in one other bed room and it had one rest room,” Howard mentioned. “It was very crowded, to say the least.”
One Sunday, Howard mentioned Younger approached him after church and requested what he was doing the following day. Younger advised Howard he realized Howard’s whole household was crammed into the condo. Younger had just lately moved and supplied to let Howard and his household keep in his previous house till the Camden home offered.
“He has been such a gracious good friend to me and to my household,” Howard mentioned.
“He cares about individuals, he cares about our group and he cares concerning the people who reside in our group,” Howard continued.
Younger mentioned it has been great to lift his household in Aiken. He and his spouse, Delly, have two sons, Tom Jr. and Brian. Brian has labored along with his dad at Allstate for nearly 20 years, which he counts as a privilege.
Tom Jr. practices regulation and serves within the South Carolina State Senate representing District 24.
“(It is) been (a) blessing to have that chance to study from him and spend time collectively,” Brian mentioned. “He locations an actual emphasis on relationships and serving to others.”
Brian described his dad as beneficiant, dedicated and a “tireless employee with need to assist others.”
Tom Jr. mentioned his dad taught him the “significance of religion, household, arduous work, honesty and repair to others.”
“He all the time tells us how proud he’s of us and we would like him to understand how proud we’re of him and all that he has completed each professionally and personally over his profession and lifelong,” Tom Jr. mentioned.
Requested how he needs to be remembered, Younger mentioned, “as a caring one that cares about individuals.”
“I attempt to assist individuals once I can and I like to assist individuals, however I don’t actually care concerning the recognition,” Younger mentioned.