2023 40 Under 40: Aric Reed, PE, 34
Senior Project Executive, Bernhard; BS, Kansas State University
Having completed his studies, Reed’s first goal was to become a licensed professional mechanical engineer. After passing the exam on his first attempt, he is a licensed engineer in seven states. Co-workers say his greatest talent is an ability to communicate effectively with individuals at any level of knowledge or experience. He is consistently requested by owners and architectural clients to lead projects. Reed continues to expand his leadership skills by continued use of assessments including: Clifton Strengths, DiSC training, SLII leadership training, enneagram tests and ASHRAE YEA Leadership Weekends. He is an active participant and mentor in Bernhard’s internal young professional mentorship program. Reed was elected the Northwest Arkansas ASHRAE section president. Originally just a section of the Arkansas chapter (operated by leadership in Little Rock), Reed was offered the opportunity to lead the official charter of the Northwest Arkansas section to become its own standalone chapter. In just 11 years, Reed has attained an executive level role with Bernhard. He has led designs of more than a dozen different HVAC system types, including projects for sports arenas, performing arts centers, dormitories, hospitals and many others. Reed is an advocate for a healthy work-life balance. He encourages team members to spend time with their families, schedule breaks away from their desks during the day and coordinate personal appointments so that the stress of work and deadlines can be mitigated. He and his wife love travel, both nationally and abroad. His love of golf allows him to spend time outdoors and to build professional relationships.