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Local businessman Chris Reed is a lifelong resident of Whidbey Island. He grew up in Greenbank, went to school in Coupeville and is proud call to Oak Harbor home today.
At a young age, Chris learned the power of hard work from his mom. She retired from Coupeville School District after 20 years as a custodian. Chris helped his mom clean classrooms and helped teachers with chores after school, and knows we have so many unsung heroes who keep our communities strong.
Chris graduated from Coupeville High School in 1999 while working part time at PC (now the Red Apple Market). After graduating he began working at a local service station, learning skills he would transfer to his own small business, Barnavit.
Chris built Barnavit from the ground up, and just like so many Island County community members, knows the struggle of starting a new business with nothing but work ethic and passion. In the first few years, Chris had to work 2nd and 3rd jobs to get his business off the ground. His hard work paid off and now Barnavit is a well-respected business serving Whidbey Island and Island County. Barnavit is a “care” business – lawn care, home care, auto care.
No matter where you came from, what family you were born into, where you are now – we all have so much in common. Life has its ups and downs, everybody can attest to that. Chris is no different, and through challenge and adversity he has found opportunity. But we can’t do things alone. Chris’s network of support is the key to his success.
Chris and his wife Jessica live in Oak Harbor with their family, including Chris’s mom, Betty. Betty is Chris’s inspiration to run for office and he and Jessica are dedicated to doing all that they can to support her through her battle with cancer. The Reed family has long been on Whidbey Island, and recently Chris has had the privilege of watching his nephew and daughter graduate from Coupeville High School. Jessica is the daughter of a Naval Officer who served at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, graduated from South Whidbey High School, and is currently attending Western Washington University.