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2023 Young Professional of the Year: Mandy Reynolds

April 18, 2023

Mandy Reynolds: Young Professional of the Year

There is an unmistakable spark that you see in her eyes when you speak with Mandy Reynolds about the community and the future. It is the spark that innovators have. I think Mandy, like most developers and real estate agents, has an uncanny ability to see what a space could be when the rest of us cannot imagine the details. I think the spark reveals itself every time a step is made in the direction of progress, as the vision for the project gets realized in the real world and begins to match the vision she has held in her head. Each spark ignites her to keep pushing forward with the project.

That is how she and her co-founders, including Sean Ireland, came to found Union + Co; they had a vision for a place where they could work alongside other like-mind professionals in Bath. They could see that Bath has a lot to offer entrepreneurs and remote workers with the historic downtown and keen sense of community, and they realized that the right space was needed. Through her work as an Associate Broker for Magnussen/Balfour at Keller Williams Real Estate she knew what kind of space they needed, and with her co-founder's partnership, Union + Co was created.

Of course, that is not how it began for the Berwick native and Noble High School graduate, who finished 2nd in her class of 1200 students while working three jobs. Her perseverance got her to Colby College in Waterville where she graduated in 2012. After college she began working in Boston for a UK-based non-profit who researched and graded companies on their social responsibility for potential investors. While doing that she kept her hospitality job in Ogunquit as she loved the environment, the human connection and working a forward-facing job at which how well you treated people got rewarded with better compensation. This experience translates well into real estate.

As Mandy was not busy enough, she began studying for her realtor’s license on the weekends. That led to helping with the Build Maine conference, and through contacts made there, Mandy got connected to Dan Catlin, who has been involved with many projects in the Bath-Brunswick area, including the Tontine Mall and others. In 2019, Mandy met Sean and began branching out on projects with him. Shortly after, Mandy first visited Bath, and she has loved it ever since.

The latest undertaking is the Grant Building, a 22,000 square foot mixed use redevelopment project featuring 8,500 square feet of first floor access office space for Union + Co. to relocate to. The building also has 2 other commercial spaces and four market-rate residential units on the upper floors. The idea is to provide the region with a shared workspace, that is flexible enough to accommodate 3-4 events per month while also helping to promote community development, highlighting arts & culture in downtown Bath, and providing a place for remote workers.

Mandy admits that she does not have an agenda for what the culture will be in the new space- she doesn’t feel it is her role to dictate that. Mandy and Sean are the conveners of opportunity- they provide the garden so the best ideas and collaboration can fully bloom. What grows in that space will come from the collective effort of what the entrepreneurs and residents of the space envision.

Yet, for this opportunity to ever materialize in the first place, it required a spark. It also needed energy, vision, and a clear understanding of community. Mandy has all of that.

Congratulations to the 2023 Young Professional of the Year, Mandy Reynolds.

See Mandy's profile video here!

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