I was born in St. Louis, MO, and spent most of my childhood in South America, where my father was a banker in Venezuela and Ecuador. I attended high school at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and went on to Earlham College in Indiana, majoring in Economics. I then received my MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and began my first banking job in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I later moved into the securities business, transferring to Chicago and then to Connecticut. Most of my work focused on Latin America, and I was closely involved in building banking and trading businesses in Mexico and Brazil.
Together with my wife of 41 years, Karen Lowry Reed, we realized a long-held dream of spending more time in Vermont when we purchased our Braintree home in 2007, and we visited as often as possible. In 2014, I took early retirement and we finally became full time Braintree residents. Retirement was short lived, and in 2015 I began working for Northfield Savings Bank, managing the Randolph Branch and later adding the Bethel Branch as well. The new job provided instant involvement in the community, and I soon joined the boards of Gifford Medical Center and Randolph Area Community Development Corp., currently serving as Vice President and Treasurer. I am also a charter member of the Randolph Rotary Sunrise Club and have been involved in several economic development groups in Randolph. I retired from Northfield Savings Bank in March 2019, and have deepened my connections to the community. When Ben Jickling resigned, I was appointed by Governor Phil Scott to fill the vacant Orange-Washington-Addison district seat in the House of Representatives in January 2020, and am now proudly running as an Independent for another term.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, growing Christmas trees, golfing, fishing, astronomy, and spending time with our four adult children and two granddaughters, although missing seeing all of them in these difficult times. I am blessed to live in this beautiful part of Vermont, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.