Laura Helms Reece
As Chief Executive Officer of Rho, Laura Helms Reece oversees commercial operations and business development. She is focused on building a business that provides excellent customer service and is a great place for exceptional people to work. Along with her co-CEO, Russ, Laura sets the strategic vision for the company that is consistent with Rho’s core values and lays the groundwork for a strong future. Laura earned her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked at AstraZeneca and Glaxo before putting down her roots at Rho. For many family businesses, the transition between company founders and the next generation can be a turbulent time, but Laura has guided Rho into a period of growing revenues and expanding service offerings. Recently, Laura graduated from Harvard Business School’s prestigious Owner/President Management Program. She was featured in Durham Magazine’s “Women of Achievement” issue and was recently recognized as a top businesswoman by the Triangle Business Journal. She is committed to giving back to the Triangle community and the public school system. Laura has participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Triangle CEO Build and the Triangle United Way CEO Sleep-out and raises money for the March of Dimes and Durham Center for Child and Family Health. She is also passionate about and active in local and state politics. One of the many things Laura enjoys about her job is that she is part of a team that crafts a business where men and women can balance their careers and their amazing work with their personal lives, families, and passions—a priority for her, as she’s a wife and a mother to two young girls.