Frank Reynolds ('88, BA, Business Administration) is a successful author, business owner and internationally recognized business expert. His Toledo-based company International Projects, Inc. (IPI) provides trading, instruction and dispute mediation services on a variety of international trade topics.
In addition, IPI imports and exports several product lines worldwide and provides consulting and instruction on basic export and import practices, international payment terms, U.S. free trade agreements, the Harmonized System and Incoterms 2000.
This Lourdes alumnus has the distinct honor of being the first American appointed as a representative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Incoterm Revision Group. Working along with fellow delegates from Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, Frank helped revise Incoterms 2000.
Frank is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce's "E-Award" for Export Excellence. Other notable accomplishments include nine terms as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council and a U.S. Customs broker license.
In his spare time, Frank pens a column for the Journal of Commerce. He also has been known to guest lecture in business classes taught by Thomas Wolf, Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Business. Tom and Frank go back some time as Tom was one of Frank's instructors while attending Lourdes.
"My wife Kitty Callahan ('89, BA, Business Administration) and I both enjoyed Tom's classes," notes Frank. "He always found a way to include the Harvard Case Study in the syllabi."
Kitty is the Office Manager of International Projects, Inc. and is the reason why he attended Lourdes. While working for a local bank, Kitty met Frank on a blind date. Already attending Lourdes, she listened to Frank share his desire to expand his education.
"She challenged me to go to college," explains Frank. Kitty arranged everything for him, from setting up the initial meeting with an admissions representative to applying for financial aid. "She guided me through the entire process," he adds.
Frank and Kitty were married in 2003. When not working, consulting for Fortune 500 companies or writing, Frank enjoys traveling and golfing with Kitty. "We have common bonds," adds Frank. "We are not native Ohioans but we both were raised Catholic, attended Catholic high schools, graduated from Lourdes College and enjoy our chosen field of business."