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The Tom A. Triplitt Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Presented by the Young Alumni Council, the Triplitt Award recognizes an alumnus/a who graduated in the past 20 years and who has brought honor or recognition to Furman through individual accomplishments or as a volunteer. In 2015 the Young Alumni Council voted to rename this award in honor of Tom A. Triplitt ’76, who exhibited extraordinary service to Furman during his 12 years as alumni director.

Sali Christeson ‘07

2022 Award Recipient

Sali Christenson

Sali Christeson is the founder and CEO of Argent, a brand that is redefining women’s fashion in the corporate workplace with comfortable, functional, and fashionable workwear. Founded in 2016, and named after her great grandfather’s 1900s lumber company, Argent has locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and San Francisco.

She spent years in the finance and tech industries after starting her career in Private Banking in Chicago. She worked for Cisco Systems, Johnson & Johnson and Daimler Financial Services (in Berlin). Sali grew frustrated with the lack of stylish and functional workwear offered to women and set out to fill this gap by creating clothing that would enable any wearer to feel comfortable and confident. She now leads a team of 12 people split between both coasts. The brand has been featured in InStyle and Vogue Business and on Yahoo Finance and CNN. Argent’s pieces have been worn by powerful women across a variety of industries including politicians and entertainers.

Sali earned a bachelor of arts in business administration from Furman in 2007 and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She also earned an international MBA from the University of South Carolina in 2012. Her and her husband, David Christeson, live in New York City and have two children, Charlie and Ruth.

Click here to watch the Bell Tower Ball video honoring Sali Christeson.

Previous Recipients of The Tom A. Triplitt Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Presented by the Young Alumni Council, the Triplitt Award recognizes an alumnus/a who graduated in the past 20 years and who has brought honor or recognition to Furman through individual accomplishments or as a volunteer. In 2015 the Young Alumni Council voted to rename this award in honor of Tom A. Triplitt ’76, who exhibited extraordinary service to Furman during his 12 years as alumni director.

Previous Recipients:

  • Chad Bennett ’03
  • Tony Boccanfuso ’83
  • Lauren Killey Briles ’02
  • Tim Briles ’01
  • Mary-Mitchell Campbell ’96
  • Jason Deal ’90
  • Clint Dempsey ’05
  • Chris Ferrell ’91
  • Karen Foreman ’84
  • Logan Hambrick ’02
  • Courtney Tollison Hartness ’99
  • Laura Waters Hinson ’01
  • Rodney Johnson ’03
  • John Ludwig ’94
  • John Mancini ’98
  • Susan Mangels ’86
  • Angel Myers Martino ’90
  • Christie Matthews ’96
  • Dottie Pepper ’87
  • Neil Rabon ’81
  • Anne Reeves Reich ’98
  • Jason Richards ’01
  • Bear Rinehart ’03
  • Mark Sanford ’83
  • Kartikeya Singh ’07
  • Derek Snook ’08
  • Jason Terrell ‘12
  • Derek Waugh ’93
  • Betsy Bishop Weiss ’89
  • Todd White ’88

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