Setting Sail

The last time we spoke to Martin Reid, president of Home Trust and Home Capital Group, he was telling us how he avoids turning his back on nontraditional clients. Below, the finance pro tells us a little bit about his favourite things and his own personal experiences.

Martin ReidWhere did you grow up?

University attended?
York University.

Favourite subject in university?

What was your first job?
Store manager of a convenience store.

What was your worst job?
Consultant to a foreign-exchange company.

What company do you truly admire?
Home Capital Group or IBM.

What’s your biggest weakness?
I’m sometimes too quiet.

Best advice you ever received?
Don’t compromise.

Biggest pet peeve?

Proudest professional achievement?
Shifting from treasurer to president of Home Capital Group.

Proudest personal achievement?
Taking my kids on a sailboat for two years.

Describe yourself in three words.
Quiet, thoughtful, determined.

Blog or website that you follow religiously?
Banking for Tomorrow by Brett King (

What’s better: Facebook or Twitter?

How long is your commute?
10-minute walk.

Favourite NHL team?
Toronto Maple Leafs.

Favourite CFL team?
Toronto Argonauts.

Favourite movie?
The Sting.

Favourite book?
Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Favourite TV show?
Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Favourite album?
Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd.

If you weren’t in your current profession, what profession would you be in?
Something in the maritime field related to boating.

Your idea of a relaxing weekend?
Out on a sailboat.

Favourite place you’ve travelled to?

What’s your personal motto?
Be comfortable being uncomfortable.

Would your childhood self be surprised at how you’ve turned out?