Bill Reynolds Jr. - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

No. 1 on every party planner's invitation list is Bill Reynolds Jr. Planning a festival or mega-tailgate party? A horse show, flea market, road race ... even a wedding? Call Bill.

If the event will be outdoors, you will rely on the services of this 1983 Business Management graduate.

Reynolds is the CEO of Central Ohio's Rent-A-John Inc., and it's exactly what you envision. At his Lockbourne Road facility, thousands of green-and-white portable potties stand in rows waiting for action.

The company was started by his father William Reynolds, who virtually invented the portable toilet industry in 1955 when, working for a construction company, he built a portable toilet for his workers to use. Instantly the business took off, and in the ensuing years, Reynolds Sr. provided his "Johnny on the Spot" products for the Niagara Falls dam construction, Woodstock, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington and President Kennedy's inauguration.

Bill Jr. took over the family business in 1990 after graduating for Columbus State's business management program. The classes were aimed at getting him ready for the workforce, and they had a great "return on investment."

The whole Reynolds family works in the company, and they require that each member must first attend college. Although Bill Sr. died in 2011, Bill Jr. says the company still follows the path he laid down.

And Reynolds stays active with his alma mater as part of the college's Business Advisory Board. In that role, he's helping Columbus State stay in touch with the job market of the future.

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State