California’s Loss is Cordillera Ranch’s Gain

While in the beginning stages of planning for retirement in 2014, a quick Google search of “Golf Course Communities in San Antonio” yielded a serendipitous solution to Claudia and Scott Weisberg’s quest to migrate from their home in Ohio to a warmer climate, initially California.

By:
Jenny Webster Jurica
Photography By:
David Teran

The couple, who spent much of their marriage toggling between Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio, longed to retire to a more amiable climate. California seemed to be the obvious choice, as the Weisbergs had always enjoyed spending their summer vacations there. But, growing increasingly weary of the idea of uprooting to California, the Weisbergs began to casually explore other options. “The weather in California was grand, but the lack of water, cost, overcrowding and failed municipalities were not enticing. California had our hearts, but not our heads,” explains Scott. 

So, the couple followed in the footsteps of Claudia’s parents, who moved from Maryland to San Antonio in 1990, and made their own great migration to the Texas Hill Country. “One visit to the area, plus a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and we were hooked,” remembers Scott of the couple’s first introduction to Cordillera Ranch.

After that first trip to Boerne, the couple returned to Ohio in order for Scott to complete his corporate career, and for their son to finish high school, but the wheels were set into motion for a move to Texas. Scott and Claudia purchased their lot at Cordillera Ranch in 2019 and moved in the end of March 2021. The sunshine and warmth of Texas is a balm to the soul of this couple, who spent much of their lives in the northern recesses of the country. 

The Weisbergs’ love story began in 1993 in bustling New York City. Their “meet-cute” stories are similar. Both Scott and Claudia were employed by snack food giant, Nabisco®, where Claudia was the Divisional Sales Manager for Metro New York and Scott was the new Manager of Training and Development. Scott says, “There was a project that had stalled and so I was pulled into it. Claudia was the subject matter sales expert, and I was working as the project manager. The project ended after several months, and we decided to continue. I like to say that Claudia pursued me… She probably remembers it differently.” Claudia’s version: “On his third day of work, Scott was charged with running a meeting for a Sales Rep Training Program. I was in the room, waiting for the meeting to start when I saw a navy blue ‘blur’ fly by the door to the meeting room and then swiftly come back into view, asking if this was the Sales Rep Training Program,” remembers Claudia of her first meeting with Scott. “From that point forward,” Claudia laughs, “the project got a lot more interesting!” 

That project got so interesting, it would seem, that within 20 months the couple was engaged and excited to begin new careers and a new life together in Minneapolis, where they married four months later. After son Drew was born, the family made the move to St. Louis and then Ohio, where Claudia embraced motherhood while dedicating herself to volunteering her time and her talents to various schools and educational organizations, most notably, serving as President of the PTO for Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. With 20 years of work in the private sector (at Procter & Gamble and Kraft/Nabisco) under her hat, Claudia excelled at collaborating with multiple schools in order to help them formulate strategic plans and mentor executive team members. 

After amassing a wealth of experience with such companies as PepsiCo®, General Mills® and Wendy’s® International, these days, Scott enjoys serving as a consultant, executive coach and strategic advisor who works with organizations and senior leaders in a number of industries. He finds himself energized by working with talented people who are navigating meaningful changes in their lives and the organizations in which they serve. “I went into the Human Resources field because I love helping people, teams and organizations achieve their highest level of performance. That’s probably why I’m so attracted to golf — it offers a tangible and measurable opportunity to perform and improve. To do so requires (for me) consistent and intentional effort to do well, which doesn’t happen often, but when you do, it feels great,” he says.  

The Weisbergs’ son, Drew is currently a senior at Tufts University, near Boston, where he is studying Film/Media Studies and is writing a screenplay for his senior thesis. Drew serves on the board for “Major Undecided,” which is a “Saturday Night Live”-like sketch comedy group where he writes and performs regularly. Drew also serves as the Arts Editor for the Tufts Daily campus newspaper. “Of course, we have a strong parental bias, but we believe that Drew is extremely creative and gifted and we look forward to watching him pursue his dreams,’’ say Scott and Claudia. 

The couple, who spent much of their marriage toggling between Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio, longed to retire to a more amiable climate. California seemed to be the obvious choice, as the Weisbergs had always enjoyed spending their summer vacations there. But, growing increasingly weary of the idea of uprooting to California, the Weisbergs began to casually explore other options. “The weather in California was grand, but the lack of water, cost, overcrowding and failed municipalities were not enticing. California had our hearts, but not our heads,” explains Scott. 

So, the couple followed in the footsteps of Claudia’s parents, who moved from Maryland to San Antonio in 1990, and made their own great migration to the Texas Hill Country. “One visit to the area, plus a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, and we were hooked,” remembers Scott of the couple’s first introduction to Cordillera Ranch.

After that first trip to Boerne, the couple returned to Ohio in order for Scott to complete his corporate career, and for their son to finish high school, but the wheels were set into motion for a move to Texas. Scott and Claudia purchased their lot at Cordillera Ranch in 2019 and moved in the end of March 2021. The sunshine and warmth of Texas is a balm to the soul of this couple, who spent much of their lives in the northern recesses of the country. 

The Weisbergs’ love story began in 1993 in bustling New York City. Their “meet-cute” stories are similar. Both Scott and Claudia were employed by snack food giant, Nabisco®, where Claudia was the Divisional Sales Manager for Metro New York and Scott was the new Manager of Training and Development. Scott says, “There was a project that had stalled and so I was pulled into it. Claudia was the subject matter sales expert, and I was working as the project manager. The project ended after several months, and we decided to continue. I like to say that Claudia pursued me… She probably remembers it differently.” Claudia’s version: “On his third day of work, Scott was charged with running a meeting for a Sales Rep Training Program. I was in the room, waiting for the meeting to start when I saw a navy blue ‘blur’ fly by the door to the meeting room and then swiftly come back into view, asking if this was the Sales Rep Training Program,” remembers Claudia of her first meeting with Scott. “From that point forward,” Claudia laughs, “the project got a lot more interesting!” 

That project got so interesting, it would seem, that within 20 months the couple was engaged and excited to begin new careers and a new life together in Minneapolis, where they married four months later. After son Drew was born, the family made the move to St. Louis and then Ohio, where Claudia embraced motherhood while dedicating herself to volunteering her time and her talents to various schools and educational organizations, most notably, serving as President of the PTO for Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. With 20 years of work in the private sector (at Procter & Gamble and Kraft/Nabisco) under her hat, Claudia excelled at collaborating with multiple schools in order to help them formulate strategic plans and mentor executive team members. 

After amassing a wealth of experience with such companies as PepsiCo®, General Mills® and Wendy’s® International, these days, Scott enjoys serving as a consultant, executive coach and strategic advisor who works with organizations and senior leaders in a number of industries. He finds himself energized by working with talented people who are navigating meaningful changes in their lives and the organizations in which they serve. “I went into the Human Resources field because I love helping people, teams and organizations achieve their highest level of performance. That’s probably why I’m so attracted to golf — it offers a tangible and measurable opportunity to perform and improve. To do so requires (for me) consistent and intentional effort to do well, which doesn’t happen often, but when you do, it feels great,” he says.  

The Weisbergs’ son, Drew is currently a senior at Tufts University, near Boston, where he is studying Film/Media Studies and is writing a screenplay for his senior thesis. Drew serves on the board for “Major Undecided,” which is a “Saturday Night Live”-like sketch comedy group where he writes and performs regularly. Drew also serves as the Arts Editor for the Tufts Daily campus newspaper. “Of course, we have a strong parental bias, but we believe that Drew is extremely creative and gifted and we look forward to watching him pursue his dreams,’’ say Scott and Claudia. 

When the Weisbergs aren’t at home putting around the golf course at Cordillera Ranch, they enjoy traveling and recall a particularly magical family vacation. “My favorite vacation was to Italy and Vienna right before the pandemic hit,” says Scott. “It was over the Christmas holidays and started with two nights in New York City. We landed in Rome on Christmas Day and wound our way through Pompeii, Florence and finally to Vienna and Salzburg. It was a fabulous eleven days with just our family and it probably has even more meaning given what ultimately transpired over the past couple of years, with COVID.” The trip inspired Claudia with more ambitious travel goals, “I would like to take an extended vacation to Europe or any other foreign destination. My parents spent a year traveling through Europe. I would settle for a couple of months where you really felt part of the community and fully experience what it means to live in that town and country.” 

Relocating from Ohio to Boerne in the midst of the pandemic made getting out and exploring their new hometown a bit challenging, but the Weisbergs are enjoying learning about the area and always welcome suggestions about new places to try. “The shops in Boerne are delightful! The small boutiques are so distinctive and the restaurants are varied and interesting,” says Claudia. “We have already become big fans of Mary’s Tacos in Boerne!” adds Scott.  

As one might expect, golf plays a large role in the Weisbergs’ life at Cordillera Ranch. In fact, Scott hopes that an elusive hole-in-one is in his near future. “I’d love to have to buy the guys in my foursome some shoes — maybe more than once,” says Scott, of this hole-in-one tradition. Claudia is working on her golf game, as well. An enthusiastic participant in the Golf Club’s “Chicks & Sticks” program, Claudia hopes to improve her game so that she can enjoy more time with Scott and friends on the golf course.

Even though golf is by far Scott’s favorite hobby, he adds, “I enjoy learning about, preparing and consuming food and wine; learning how to smoke things on my Kamado Joe; listening to all kinds of music; and occasionally playing guitar. I hope to start getting out with my new bike – once I find more flat spots out here!”

For Claudia, living in proximity to her father Stan has become a welcomed bonus. “My favorite thing to do is spend time with my dad. I have not lived in the same state as my parents since I was 18 years old, so to be less than 40 minutes away is wonderful. San Antonio was always a welcome relief from cold winters and a wonderful place to visit. Drew only knows his grandparents as Texans!” says Claudia, whose mother Phyllis passed away in 2018, making the opportunity to be close to her dad even more meaningful.

In addition to golf and spending time with family, an affinity for food and wine goes hand-in-hand with the Weisbergs’ love for entertaining at their home. “We built our house as a destination for friends and family — many of whom live in cold-weather climates. Cordillera Ranch is such a great place to share with guests. Everyone has felt welcome and cannot wait to return,” says Claudia. They both add, “While the amenities at Cordillera Ranch are amazing (we joke with our friends that it’s like living at a Four Seasons Resort), the staff is even more accommodating and impressive.” 

It’s safe to say that the Weisbergs made the right decision when they chose Texas over California to live out their retirement. As the couple adjusts to their new life in the Texas Hill Country, they are also looking forward to continuing their long history of charity work and engaging with local nonprofits to impact lives in their new hometown. “I am inspired by people that give of themselves in service to others.  We are all so blessed and I admire those that give their time, energy, talent and resources to help others that are less fortunate. Through our moves, I have been lucky to work with several nonprofits where I have seen firsthand what hard work can do to impact countless lives. I am excited to engage here in the Hill Country and in San Antonio where there are so many extraordinary nonprofits,” says Claudia.

Scott sums up their Cordillera Ranch experience so far, “It’s hard to beat the natural beauty of this area and even harder to beat the neighbors. Probably the greatest thing about living out here is the number of accomplished people who have diverse interests and knowledge.”

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