Reggie grew up in Arthur, Illinois. After graduating high school, he and his wife Martha received their Associate’s Degrees from Lakeland College and they went on to obtain their Bachelor of Science degrees from EIU. Phillips, 60, has been married for 38 years. He and his wife have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
In 1986, Reggie and Martha started a residential and commercial building business in Charleston, Illinois. They own and operate student-housing facilities in Mattoon and Charleston, Villas of Holly Brook assisted living facilities throughout Illinois and they recently started the Reflections Memory Care Communities in Illinois. By the end of 2013, Reggie will employ approximately 400 people.