Excellent leadership with a passion for success.
John A. (Lex) Reynolds – President & CEO
Lex Reynolds has been working in the industry since the mid-1960’s when he was a teenager working at Tanco Adhesives in Greenville as a production employee. In 1978, when The Reynolds Company was started, he spent his first few years, again, working in production, loading and unloading vessels, and loading trucks. From there he moved into the lab where he worked as a lab technician in support of product development and quality control. In the early 1980’s he then went into sales, primarily calling on the woodworking and packaging industries within the Carolinas. In the mid -to late-1980’s he took over as President of The Reynolds Company from his father, E. Hays Reynolds, Jr, the founder of Reynolds.
According to Lex, “Learning the business from the ground up has been an invaluable opportunity and blessing. I was able to learn from the greatest teacher, my dad, not only how to run a business; but more importantly, how to surround myself with good, hard-working, honest people whom I view as family and friends. One of the most valuable things learned from him was that honesty and integrity and treating people with the respect they deserve can make or break a business. It is absolutely imperative that you treat your employees with kindness and compassion and allow them every opportunity to do what they were hired to do without micromanaging their efforts. Give them the tools they need to do their jobs, and let them do it.”
“I thank God for every day I have here, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to lead a great group of people like we have here. It is indeed a great blessing, and I do not take anything for granted.”
Lex has been married for thirty-six years and he and his wife, Lib, have four children: John, Anne Marie, Elizabeth and Katherine. He attended Presbyterian College where he majored in history and political science.
Neel Reynolds - VP Manufacturing and Operations
Neel Reynolds grew up in Greenville SC as the youngest of five children where he was strongly influenced by his father in every way. "My father believed that rewards came from hard work and building the business was a big part of his life. His strong sense of responsibility and work ethic was formed from his early years. He grew up during the depression in a home where his father died when he was nine and his mother remained a single provider. It was from his difficult beginning that he developed this strong moral fabric, which later became the backbone of a thriving business, where everyone was treated with dignity and respect. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. We try hard to remember his example and build on his legacy."
Neel began working in the plant as a teenager and felt most comfortable working in the area maintenance and production. He always felt comfortable with equipment and machines, and how they operated. After receiving a degree at The College of Charleston in Business Administration, he enrolled at Clemson University to begin taking drafting and mechanical engineering classes. "It was then that my father received news that he had prostate cancer and was given two years to live. He asked me to return to Greenville so that he could teach me the business while he was able. By God's grace he lived another 23 years and so was able to continue to lead us all."
Neel, like many others at Reynolds, has had the opportunity to "grow" with the business over the last 30 + years. He currently oversees Hot Melt Production and Packaging, as well as Engineering, to include equipment and facility upgrades. In addition, he interfaces with customers from a product development and product marketing perspective.Neel and his wife Pam have been married for 25 years and have three adult daughters.
Jerry Broome - VP of Operations and Purchasing
Jerry Broome grew up in the small town, rural environment of South Georgia. There in his youth, he began gaining his work experience with many agricultural related jobs. "Farm work taught me many life lessons, one of the most important being how to work with others to get things done." After graduating from Presbyterian College with a degree in Business, Jerry entered the US Army Reserve and began working with an ag-coop as a facility manager where he was responsible for buying and selling ag products. Jerry began his career at The Reynolds Company in 1981 and was soon assigned the responsibility of purchasing the chemicals, supplies, and equipment needed to support the growing business. "We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn our business practices from Hays Reynolds, our company’s founder. Hays was a "Greatest Generation" WWII veteran and lived life and practiced business by the Golden Rule. His influence continues to be a big part of our company’s culture today. I am very blessed and happy to work for The Reynolds Company."
Jerry has four children… Suzanne, Lee, Henry, and Cullen; and, two grandchildren…Carson and Hays. Jerry and his wife, Jena, have been married for 25 years.
Pam Creasy - Controller / CFO
Pam was born in Montgomery, AL but has lived in Greenville, SC most of her life. She developed her love for working with numbers at an early age when as a child her mother allowed her to put the checks out of the bank statement in numerical order. There was little question that she would follow her mother’s footsteps in a career in accounting. When the time came to choose where she would attend college she chose her father’s alma mater, Clemson University. Pam graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1976.
After graduating from Clemson, Pam worked in the hospitality and retail industries. Prior to joining The Reynolds Company, she was employed as the Controller at Frankl & Thomas, Inc., an importer of textile machinery and parts. Pam joined The Reynolds Company in 1996. "I feel blessed to work in a challenging position that I love alongside people that feel like family."
Pam is active in both her community and her church. She served as volunteer coordinator for the Golden Strip Church Coalition in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greenville County. She is the Secretary and Treasurer for South Carolina Via de Cristo, and serves as the Assistant Financial Secretary at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin, SC.
Pam and her husband Jack live in Simpsonville, SC. Between them they have six grown children and one grandson. Their children live from Charleston, SC to Los Angeles, CA and points in between which gives them plenty of opportunity to travel.