John Reed's career is laced with innovation, putting cutting-edge technology to work for American businesses and consumers. That quest continued in 2008 when John became Managing Director, overseeing the organization and funding of Pathfinder.
“In early 2008 the founders began working together to find investors and strategic partners interested in the Pathfinder vision,” says John. “It took a leap of faith to suggest developing wind energy in ways different than the industry was accustomed to. Pathfinder's model of owning land, partnering with neighboring ranchers and getting involved in the community is unique, but it allows us to better understand the local environment and support its cultural and environmental resources.”
The Pathfinder Project spans over 500,000 acres in central and southeast Wyoming. “I enjoy new things and creating new development approaches,” says John of his decision to join the Pathfinder team. “The Pathfinder approach is different in that our land ownership and community involvement allow us to take the traditional wind development process further.”
With a development plan larger in nature than more traditional wind farms, John admires the Pathfinder goals of retaining open spaces and natural treasures while meeting America's energy needs.
John is managing member of Azalea Ventures, LLC, a private equity firm. In 2007, Azalea Ventures formed Azalea Fund I, LP, which provides financing for wind energy projects in Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. John is also a partner and mentor in Tech Wildcatters, a seed stage technology incubator based in Dallas.
John is former Chairman and CEO of Bluestreak Technology; CEO of LifeCast; and President of Source Media Inc. He began his career at Trammell Crow Company in Dallas. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. John is a member of Young Presidents' Organization and a previous president of the South Methodist University MBA Alumni Association and board member of the Dallas Arboretum.
John and his wife live in Dallas, Texas and have three children.