John Reid is Chairman and founding principal of CTI.
He is a third-generation timber industry executive whose grandfather established the Schafer Bros. Logging Company. The largest timber mill in the Pacific Northwest, Schaefer was acquired by Simpson Timber Company in 1955.
After graduating from the University of Washington in 1959, he began his career with Simpson Timber Co. Eventually promoted to Northern California Sales Manager, he was later recruited by St. Regis Paper Co. as Regional Sales Manager, managing the sales in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
In 1970, he formed his own manufacturing representation firm, Reid & Associates. For the next 35 years, Reid & Associates focused on representing seven of the largest U.S. door, plywood and moulding manufacturers.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed John to the Industry Sector Advisory Committee for Import/Export. He served on this committee for the duration of President Reagan's presidency.
In the mid 90s, Mr. Reid's son John Griffin ("Griff") Reid joined the firm. With an interest in the Asia export market, the company secured contacts with Japanese home builders. Reid & Associates soon marketed doors and mouldings in Japan to the largest builder in the country.
In 2004, Reid & Associates acquired Entech, an embryonic moulding company with a proprietary process of coating wood resulting in a superior material for door jambs production. After the acquisition, the company was renamed Composite Technology International (CTI). At that time of acquisition, CTI's production plant was located in Mexico with the majority of raw material originating in China. In late 2004, CTI relocated its production facility to mainland China.
In 2006, John was named as "One of the Most Influential People in the Millwork Industry" by Shelter Magazine.