I’m with ERIE
Christopher Sizemore, Young Gun
June 18, 2010
Christopher Sizemore, CEO, Loop Pharmacy and Home Medical
Customer with Garlow Insurance Agency in West Virginia
Hometown: Charleston, W. Va.
CEO, at age 33: That’s right. He’s a “Young Gun,” as named by West Virginia Executive and one of the 40 under 40 awardees from the West Virginia State Journal.
What Loop’s all about: Loop Pharmacy and Home Medical is a regional provider of healthcare services with four locations across West Virginia. They’re not only a retail pharmacy; they also offer home care, rehabilitation services and consultation. They even do their own compounding, or create customized medications specifically for their patients.
How he got to the top: Christopher entered Loop as a management trainee at a time of opportunity, and he was able to help the company handle the growth it was experiencing and seek more. His motto is to “let the pharmacists be pharmacists,” while he takes care of business.
His favorite race: Is a horse race. He may be trained in the ways of business management, but the Kentucky Derby is how he defines fun. When he and his wife, Melissa, were dating in Lexington, Kentucky, horse races were their favorite dates.
A reverent Reverend: Horse-racing businessman he may be, but Christopher’s also the pastor at Sandy Grove Baptist Church in Elkview, W. Va. The son of a minister, he draws on his faith to guide him in the workplace. It’s what taught him to make ethical decisions that are in the best interest of the organization as a whole as well as the patients Loop serves.
His biggest inspiration: His son Andrew, who was born in 2006 with Hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, caused by a blockage. He and Melissa weren’t sure Andrew would walk, talk, hear or even live. Today, he’s attending preschool and does indeed walk, talk, hear, learn—and live.
“Andrew’s story took me and my wife to the literal end of ourselves, questioning our faith and wondering why bad things happen,” Christopher says. “Yet through it all Andrew has made us better people. The greatest lesson he has taught me thus far is that everything doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be good or great!”
Why he chose Erie Family Life: Three reasons, according to Christopher: “My relationship with my Agent, Michael Black of Garlow Insurance Agency, and his level of service, the fairness of the costs of these products and the variety of products available.”
His Agent, his friend: “Michael has been a big help with insurance selection, complexity, and cost maintenance. In the past, we had salesmen that were simply interested in making commission. But Michael’s interested in developing a relationship with us for the long-term by meeting our needs. At this point, I consider Mike my friend who happens to sell Erie Insurance.”