The signage and graphics industry remembers Tom Reid, a well-loved veteran and valued associate, who at age 57 passed peacefully after a sudden, brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife Becky, his mother Mamie Reid, his son Patrick, his younger brother Darrell, step-daughters Melissa and Christy, and step-son Scott.
Reid—who is recognized as one the industry’s most gregarious individuals and one of the most respected—began his career in the self-adhesive label industry, and has held executive positions with several well-known companies including Avery, Rayven and MACtac. He also served as President and CEO of Sihl USA, where he managed and directed Sihl’s North American operations in San Jose, Calif.; and in 2002 helped the firm relocate its U.S. operations to Binghamton, N.Y.
Most recently, and until his passing, Reid was Executive Vice President at Catalina Graphic Films in Calabasas Hills, Calif., and ran the consulting firm, Coated Solutions, in Westlake Village, Calif. As President of Coated Solutions, Tom performed market research studies and delivered consulting services to the paper industry. He held various sales, marketing and corporate management positions throughout the years, giving him a broad perspective and understanding of these markets and their evolution into the current digital world.
He was known for his keen administrative and management skills, and his ability to rapidly analyze complex management issues. His close friends knew him as a man with a positive attitude and a warm heart.
Reid had a passion for life, appreciated luxury cars, fine food and wine, and enjoyed a great love of music. For those who knew him, Reid was a dear and reliable friend, always true to his word and always fair in business dealings.
Services will be held in Atlanta on Saturday, March 26, at the MacDonald & Son Funeral Home (www.mcdonaldandson.com). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org or 800/ACS-2345) or L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue (www.lifeanimalrescue.org).
Editor’s Note - Content for this story was provided by Art Diamond, Charles L Sharp and Scott Hoyt.