Montague Triest started our family’s business in 1903 as Triest & Israel. The Charleston News & Courier reported, “Setting up for himself, Mr. Montague Triest establishes an office on Broad Street…. Mr. Triest is one of the most popular and capable young businessmen of the community.” The business started as an insurance agency with his brother in law, Melvin Israel. Montague was a true southern gentleman. Montague was the epitome of a successful second generation Jewish Charlestonian. He was very active in Charleston civic organizations including the Elks. He served for nineteen years on the City of Charleston School Board including commissioner and Chairman of the South Carolina Jewish Welfare Fund. Montague died suddenly while at the office on Broad Street. He was 55 years old at the time of his death. The article of his death in The Charleston News and Courier said, “In the death of Mr. Triest Charleston has lost one of her outstanding citizens, one who had been very active in educational, civic, and fraternal affairs, and the Jewish community has lost a leader who was prominent in Jewish circles of this section, through his activities in philanthropy and charitable organizations.”
2nd Generation of Triest Agency
Maier Triest was the only son of the agency’s founder. He joined the agency with his father in the early 1920’s after graduating from the College of Charleston. Only a few years after joining the firm, Montague died and young Maier was thrust into keeping the family business running. A few years later, his brother in law, Samuel H. Jacobs joined the firm and under their leadership, Triest Agency was one of the most respected insurance agencies in Charleston. Both men remained active at Triest Agency until their death.
3rd Generation of Triest Agency
Henry H. Freudenberg married Maier Triest’s only child, Maxine Triest in 1951. Henry was a Holocaust survivor and came to Charleston at 11 years of age as a refugee from Germany. The Triest family invited Henry and his family to their home for dinner and 11 year old Henry and 10 year old Maxine met for the first time. Henry and Maxine just celebrated their 63rd year of marriage. After graduating from The Citadel and a brief tour in Korea, Henry joined the firm in 1953. He is now retired and enjoys coming by to visit on his trip to Starbucks!
4th Generation of Triest Agency
Larry W. Freudenberg grew up in Charleston but left for the University of Georgia in 1977 where he found his bride, Marsha Jacobs. After graduation in 1981, Larry worked for a large bank in Atlanta as a commercial loan officer and Assistant Vice President. In 1986 he moved his family back home to Charleston to join the family business. A few years later, Larry purchased his father’s interest and remaining interest from other family members and has been the sole owner of the family’s venerable business. Larry is active in the community. He is also well known in Charleston because of a small advertisement that he ran everyday in the local paper for about 15 years for term life insurance. A photo of Larry was in each ad. Larry also is known for being the voice of the agency’s successful radio commercials. The commercials ran in the early 1990’s and creatively made fun of the way the agency’s name has been mispronounced and misspelled over the years. Neither program, newspaper nor radio is currently active.
Larry Freudenberg is also a published author. Writing four books about his family and the agency. The books are available from AMAZON or if you call Larry, he’ll send you an autographed copy!
Charleston's Insurance Agency Since 1903
Charleston Auto Insurance
You could save over $548 on auto insurance by using Triest Agency. We aggressively search multiple insurance companies to find you the most competitive insurance policy. We make the process simple. Just call and ask for a free auto insurance quote. Our experienced Account Executives will put a smile on your face.
Charleston Home Insurance
Triest Agency has been insuring Charleston homes since 1903 from our first office on historic Broad Street in Charleston. If your home is in downtown historic Charleston, West Ashley, Mt Pleasant, Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Seabrook, Kiawah, Summerville and anywhere in
the Palmetto State we can help by aggressively shopping your home insurance with our insurance companies.
Charleston Business Insurance
Small businesses in Charleston have trusted Triest Agency to provide sound business insurance advice and the lowest premiums for all of their insurance needs. We know small business and can help even if you just want to call for advice. Our agency represents the best insurance companies to provide your business liability, property, workers compensation, error & omissions and flood insurance.
Since our very founding at 43 Broad Street in Charleston, South Carolina, Triest Agency has been a provider of probate court bonds. When South Carolinians need a probate court surety bond, they call Triest Agency. We're also proud to now offer our probate bond services to the residents of Georgia. The process to get a bond for Probate Court may seem confusing but we're experts and will walk you through the process. We'll even deliver your new probate bond to the county probate court for you.
South Carolina Lawyers Malpractice Insurance
Our attorney clients depend on us to provide the most important coverage that they need for their law practice. A claim against a lawyer hits at the heart of their profession. Nothing is more important than providing coverage they need to protect them if a claim arises.
Charleston Flood Insurance
Flood damage to your Charleston home or business would be a catastrophe as bad or even worse than having a fire. FEMA Flood insurance is recommended to all home and business clients by Triest Agency. And not just for your house or buildings but also to cover your personal or business property. Flood insurance is required if you live in a special flood hazard zone but it is also important if you live in flood hazard zone like "X" that is not a special flood hazard zone but still a flood hazard zone. Don't be fooled into thinking that flood insurance is not available even if your mortgage company doesn't require a Charleston flood insurance policy. This can be confusing so call us today for more information about flood insurance for your personal or business risks.
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Triest Agency recognizes that we cannot represent just one, two or even three insurance companies to excel and retain our place as a top rated (Google Five Star) insurance agency. We don't want to brag but we think our insurance companies are the best. By representing and being able to broker for dozens of insurance companies we have the resources to insure almost anything you own - home, autos and business. You should expect your South Carolina insurance agency to shop aggressively for the best premium and coverage for you. Nobody does it like Triest Agency.
1052 Gardner Road
Charleston, SC 29407
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