Chinook Enterprises Welcomes New CEO: Steve Reed
A New Year Brings Changes to Skagit County's Largest Social Enterprise
By: Chinook Enterprises
Reed brings with him an engineering and production background, which will be a great asset to Chinook's manufacturing and assembly divisions.
After earning a Masters degree from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering specializing in Rehabilitation Engineering, Reed pursued a career in Rehab Engineering at the U-M Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. "I wanted to build on my clinical internship to provide functional adaptations to technologies for people with severe disabilities.."
However, life had other plans for Reed, whose engineering talents in wheelchair seating opened doors into the automotive industry. There he enjoyed an 18-year career working for a company that designed and manufactured seats. He led the engineering of the Chrysler 3rd row Stow-n-Go, the Volkswagen Passat, global programs for Ford, and most recently the production of BMW X5 and X7. Reed's job gave him the opportunity to travel the globe to build and train employees in complex seat design.
As a Focus Factory Manager in Spartanburg, SC, he led the launch and management of high-end production technologies and workflow efficiencies. "Helping people learn new skills and gain confidence in themselves and their careers was the best part of my job."
In his new position as president and CEO of Chinook, Reed will combine his passion for helping people with his knowledge in product and new business development, manufacturing and assembly expertise. "I'm excited to explore new markets to continue our diversification and open more opportunities for people to work to their potential." Chinook's mission for "full participation"
"Steve has a big vision for Chinook," remarked Marty Lehr, Board President, "We look forward to working with him to grow the legacy Rob started."
For more information about Chinook Enterprises, please visit: https://chinookenterprises.org
Skagit Media Marketing