Gene Reed, Jr. has come a long way from his humble childhood beginnings in Tennessee, to becoming the dynamic force he is today, not only with in the Automotive industry, but within our community as well.
He is a man who set out pursuing a dream, achieving his goals with strength of character, integrity and fortitude. It is through those same attributes that Mr. Gene Reed has not only forged a successful business, but contributed to the community of which he is part, generously offering his time and resources to better the lives of those around him.
Born and raised in Tennessee, he graduated from Dyersburg High School in 1956, and continued his education at Memphis State University where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1963. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force Reserves, Mr. Reed spent his next 12 years employed by the Chrysler Corporation. Then he opened his first dealership with Dodge in 1975, followed by Chevrolet in 1981, Toyota in 1983, and finally his Lexus of Charleston dealership in 1992.
Although his love of great cars and quality customer service is most important to him and his business, his passion for helping less fortunate children is straight from the heart. He believes all children should be given a chance at the best education and quality of life possible. This is why he continues to contribute to organizations such as Camp Boggy Creek, the Hemangioma Society, Darkness to Light, the Boys and Girls Club, Save the Children Foundation, College of Charleston, and why he helped fund the expansion of the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in downtown Charleston. In 2007, Reed also made a personal donation to the City of Charleston Fire Fighters for new uniforms following the Sofa Super Store tragedy. These are just a few prime examples of his compassion and generosity. His constant ambition and sincere concern for our greater community is something for which we can all be grateful.