The Spice of Life

Variety is the spice of life and Anthony’s career is full of flavor!!!

His career began as a programmer and database administrator. He was so proficient, that he taught collegiate programming, methodology, system development life cycle (SDLC), and database design classes. However, he realized that he enjoyed working with members of the business community and managing projects more than databases. Thus, he transitioned into business applications (i.e. HR, finance, supply chain, etc.) project management positions. To improve his people (soft) skills, he earned a MBA in management/organizational behavior.


During the next ten years, this project manager continued to successfully lead projects. They were at or below budget, delivered on time or ahead of schedule, and met the business requirements. He wrote over 50 technical and management articles for newspapers and publications, including ComputerWorld and Datamation.

However, it became apparent that another important skill set was missing. He needed to “speak the language of business” and better understand project budget development and tracking. As an executive, he returned to college, earned a MS in accounting, and passed the CPA exam. He was featured in a wide range of publications, including The Journal of Accountancy and PMI Today.

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PMI Today article

He taught undergraduate and graduate project management, accounting, IT, and business classes in the evenings. During the next ten years, businesses became more global and the focus turned to just in time (JIT) technology, RFID, and global logistics. So, he returned to graduate school and earned his graduate certification in supply chain planning (SCP).

JOA Article

Journal of Accountancy article

To help manage stress, Anthony became a distance runner. His first marathon (26.2 miles/42.2K) was finished in 1982. He is one of about forty people in the world who completed the marathon “hat trick.” He completed (1) over 100 marathons (2) on all seven continents and (3) in all 50 States. He’s been featured in many publications, including Runner’s World. And a video recording of his life story is part of a collection of history makers in the US Library of Congress.

Anthony Reed Interview with NBC 12 in Richmond, VA

As a distance coach and business leader, he has helped people to expand their comfort zones, break through the walls of self doubt, and achieve (both individual and team)mental and physical successes. His latest article about distance running appeared in the January, 2014 edition of Runner’s World.

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He also wrote four books about motivation and team building. His latest book is Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons On All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success (Second Edition).

Running to Leadership

Running to Leadership