Reggie is a tireless competitor and a hard worker. He is also a fearless boat racer. He has a huge ego and this has driven him relentlessly.
He has also spent more money on publicity and self promotion than anyone in the history of the sport. He has taken an Excalibur and developed around that original hull adding pads (from Allison), steps ( from ancient history), and a beak. He has made short term deals with Buzzi, Hledin, and MTI over the years all of which came to nothing.
He got his start from Mercury Marine and owes them in many ways.
IMHO the person most responsible for the performance boat industry today is Carl Kiekhaefer. Every boat bulder pales in comparison and no one should take credit for being mentioned in the same breath, for, without him and his powerplants, factory support, drives, and early race teams, none of the builders would have accomplished anywhere near what they did.
Bottom line, Reggie is very tenacious, energetic, and , to some, charismatic, but he is a link in a long chain, not its anchor.