Reid, the older of two children, was born in 1956 to Martha and Ramsey Falconer and raised in Baton Rouge. His sister Beth is three years his junior. Perhaps the first indication of his strong motivation toward community service was earning the rank of Eagle Scout. An honor student throughout his school years, Reid was drawn to a career in architecture, earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana State University.
While at LSU, he joined the ROTC program, rising to its highest rank, Corps Commander. This commitment to the service of his country has remained with him for life, as he even now holds the rank of captain in the Individual Ready Reserve of the US Army. After receiving his license to practice, he was selected to serve LSU as the staff architect for the Baton Rouge campus.
Though on the way to a successful architectural career, Reid sought to augment his education and experience in the building of places and communities with additional study of the administration of business and community affairs. He went on to earn not one, but two, advanced degrees from LSU, a Master of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration.
In 1980, he married Celeste Gonzales, a native of St. Bernard Parish who had just completed work on her Master of Social Work degree at LSU. Married now for 35 years, they have one son, Drew, 31, a graduate of LSU, Tulane Medical School, and the Residency Program at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC, Drew is married to the former Lisa Hoffman, also of Mandeville; they have one child, Will, who was born in December of last year. Reid and Celeste also have a daughter, Caroline, 26, who lives in Mandeville and works at Keller-Williams Realty.
Reid feels strongly about communities being best served by involved citizens. He is an active member of St. Timothy on the Northshore United Methodist Church in Mandeville, serving on the Board for the Methodist Children’s Home. He is a past chair of the Louisiana District Council of the Urban Land Institute. He has served as a board member of St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, a founding member and past chair of the Northshore Business Council, as well as past president of the Covington Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Leadership St. Tammany West, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and Leadership Louisiana. Reid is also a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, the American Institute of Architects, and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. He also served on the board of the Northshore Community Foundation.
As the 2007 chair of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, Reid is very familiar with the issues facing the residents and businesses of our Parish. Later that same year, 2007, Reid was elected to represent the voters and residents of District 4 on the St. Tammany Parish Council. He was elected by his peers to serve as Chair of that body in 2014. He has represented the Parish on the Regional Planning Commission since 2010. Also in 2010, Reid joined the faculty of the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, teaching courses in real estate and corporate finance.
Reid is a licensed architect and holds a real estate broker’s license.