A native of Union, S.C., Reese’s unusual career path includes earning a master’s degree in engineering as well as his stint in the Army.
WS: How did your Army experience affect your career?
Reese: When I became an engineer, it was too slow and boring for me. So I went into the Army expecting to get sent to Vietnam. But I was sent to Germany at the last minute and dropped into a major spot, a position way over my rank of second lieutenant. I was 22, managing 20-year Army veterans, E-6s, E-7s (senior non-commissioned officers). And I liked it.
WS: Why did the Army make you a major?
Reese: They were shipping field-grade officers to V...(register to read more)