John lives just southwest of Atlanta, Georgia in the town of Chattahoochee Hills. He was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, a coastal town on the north shore of Boston.

He is married to Karen Flanders-Reid. They have five children, and four grandchildren.

Their children are John, Jen, Max, Olivia, and Sophia. Their grandchildren are James, Violet, Sage and John Scott. Daughter Jen lives in the Atlanta area with her husband Bryan. Son John lives in Houston with his wife Christine.

From left to right (back): Max, Jen, John, Karen, John Harding From left to right (front): Sophia and Olivia​

Flanders-Reid Family at JCR Retirement_20140326

With grandchildren Violet Anne Whitfield and James Patton Whitfield.


Karen and John


John, Karen and their kids divide their time between Atlanta and Chattahoochee Hills, where a hamlet called Serenbe is located. Serenbe is an exciting example of new designs for sustainable living. Find out more about Serenbe at

They support a number of initiatives related to sustainable place-making, including the Serenbe Playhouse. Karen is a Board Member of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future. John its just-past-chair of the Board of The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. He has served on many Boards in the past, including Duke University’s School of the Environment, Emory University’s Center for Ethics,, The Princeton Review, The Georgia Conservancy, Cross-Cultural Solutions, and the Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence.