The most successful businesses are born of great people doing great work.
We’re proud to say that there are plenty of great people who are part of the Lee & Cates family. One of them is Phil Reesey.
Phil joined our team in 2001, and today, he’s the manager of our Orange Park store. Along with providing consistently good service to our customers, Phil gives of himself in other ways. Most notably, he’s been a Scout Master with Troop 309 in Fleming Island since 2006.
“Over the years, I’ve worked with probably 200 young men, from ages 11 to 18,” said Phil. “Many of them enter scouting as young, bashful boys, clinging to their moms. But by the time they leave as young men, they’ve developed great leadership skills, and they’re ready to go off to college.”
Phil added proudly that many of his scouts have earned full college scholarships.
“The owners live and work according to a core set of values…”
“So often these days, parents aren’t involved in their kids’ lives. Scouting helps boys develop outstanding character and important skills.”
Phil brings many interests to his role as Scout Master, including a love of scuba diving, spear fishing, kayaking and backpacking. But Phil said he learns from his scouts too. “They’ve taught me patience. If you show them the way, eventually they will fulfill all your expectations.”
Phil also gives back by serving as an elder at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Middleburg. “An elder provides spiritual guidance to members of the church, assists the Pastor during the service, prepares the church for services, and manages the salaries of the church employees.”
“Our church holds food drives for Green Cove Food Pantry. We provide financial assistance for Lutheran missions, for First Coast Women’s Center, and for men attending seminary. We also provide classroom space for Clay County adult night counseling classes.”
Phil has worked in the glass industry since 1986. He is NGA-certified and served a three-year Virginia Vocational Apprenticeship for Glazing. He said he appreciates working with Lee & Cates Glass for three important reasons: “1) They believe their employees are their most valuable resource; 2) They believe our lives are guided by God; and 3) The owners live and work according to a core set of values: Honesty, morality, accountability, compassion, commitment and balance.”
To top it all off, Phil is happily married to Meg, the same girl he took to the high school prom back in 1979.
Great people doing great work. Indeed.