Tom Reed, married to Kathleen Pinard Reed ’86, said his company is a tight-knit organization that generally promotes from within. His experience with the family firm, which now employs 250 people and has $100 million in revenue, reminds him of the bonding he experienced as a Colby student. “We don’t talk about relationships in a business that much, but they’re all-important,” he said.
That bond to the family firm extends to the fifth generation as well. Abigail Parker ’01, Jack and Susan’s daughter, served her own apprenticeship—a Jan Plan project to write a family history that, five years later, was published privately as a book, Reed & Reed: Building on a Legacy. Spending many summer mornings with her grandfather, Bud Reed, provided Abigail with valuable insights into how things work, she said.