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Cliff Reynolds

cliff reynoldsAs Co-Director of GLIDE, Cliff is responsible for the planning, organizing, and directing of all GLIDE’s activities. Cliff’s responsibilities include managing support services for entrepreneurs including first level assessments, a comprehensive resource network and providing business counseling to GLIDE client companies.

In 1984, Cliff co-founded DIY Home Warehouse, a regional home improvement warehouse retailer. Cliff served as President and Chief Executive Officer. The Cleveland-based startup grew to 16 stores, 1,800 employees, and $220 million in annual sales. He led the executive management team through a $25 million NASDAQ IPO. Through the years, he implemented strategic initiatives to reduce the impact of competing national warehouse chains. In addition to managing all business development, Cliff led activities pertaining to real estate, merchandising, operations, finance and marketing. In 1993, DIY was selected #5 in Forbes Magazine – Best Small Companies in America.

Prior to joining GLIDE, Cliff founded Chatham Consulting, LLC, which helped privately held companies to analyze product mix, advertising programs, expense structures and administrative overhead.

Previously, Cliff held a senior level VP position at Eclipse Industries, Inc., a regional home improvement warehouse retailer located in St. Louis, MO. While in this position, he was instrumental in growing the business from 4 retail locations to a 9-unit chain. He was a member of the Executive team responsible for increasing sales from $15 million to $60 million.

A native of Boston, MA, Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Western New England College in Springfield, MA. Cliff has been involved with Youth Sports, Indian Guides, and has been very active in his church. He and his wife, Mary, live in Hudson, Ohio. They have two married children and four grandchildren.