Glenn W. Reed

Glenn W. Reed recently retired as a Managing Director of The Vanguard Group, the global mutual fund company. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for HealthMarkets, Inc., a publicly held health and life insurance provider, and began his career at the Chicago law firm, Gardner, Carton, and Douglas (now Drinker Biddle), where he was a partner. Glenn is currently a Director at The Pepper Companies, a commercial construction company, and Old Republic International Corporation, a property and casualty insurer. Glenn has also been a Director at Assistive Technology Group, Inc. and The Peoples Bank of Arlington Heights. He is a Founding Director and Senior Advisor to the Barrington Area Community Foundation and a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. He resides in Barrington, Illinois with his wife, Barbara.

Openlands feels like a great fit, remarks Glenn. I’ve long admired the work of Openlands from afar through [longtime Board Member] Jon Hamill, a Barrington neighbor of some thirty years. I owe Jon a debt of gratitude for the introduction!

Having spent my entire professional career indoors, behind a desk, I try to get outside every chance I get. I’m an avid trout fisherman, Barb and I love to hike, ride our bikes, play tennis, and garden. But we had never been to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, which is only about twenty miles from our home. We visited recently and had a great day. Openlands can and does play a prominent role in promoting these special places.

Another Openlands program I’m interested in is Birds in my Neighborhood. I grew up in the near-west Chicago suburbs before my family moved out to Barrington in the late ‘60s. Programs that connect city youth to the region and nature are vitally important.

I really enjoy spending time on my property in Barrington, taking care of our trees, tending our sometimes-too- big vegetable garden and flower beds. Perhaps my agrarian streak comes from my father, who grew up on a farm. I am also a diehard apologist for the Midwest and Chicago. Having spent a lot of time in my career on the East Coast, I know that the beauty of our landscape and biodiversity of our region is one of our country’s best kept secrets.  Maybe it’s time to let that secret out.