Bengt Reed Anderson was the President of BDG International Inc. from December 1989 to August 2021, and Director of BDG International (India) Pvt Ltd. from 2006 to 2021. During his time with BDG, he became a well-respected leader in international trade due to his particular understanding of the unique struggles faced by U.S. importers and exporters. Bengt was passionate about service to his clients, and educating local communities about international trade.
As President of BDG, he was committed to responsible growth with cutting-edge advancements. Because of the foundation put down by Bengt Anderson, BDG was at the forefront of being 100% paperless and allowing for remote working when it was required due to Covid. Over the course of his thirty-two-year career, he traveled to twenty-eight nations on four continents and thirty-seven states. He was an integral part of expanding the business to New Delhi and Mumbai, India.
Bengt was born on July 26, 1967, as a citizen of the United States, but with his maternal family in Jönköping, Sweden to parents Mark Reed and Kerstin G. (nee Axelsson) Anderson. Bengt took his first international trip home to the USA when he was three months old. Bengt’s sister was born a little over three years later. Two peas in a pod, they spent an idyllic childhood growing up together near Burlington, IL.
He attended Burlington Central High School from 1981-1985 where he joined the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and made lifelong friends who remained bonded through the years and showed up for each other through all of life’s up and downs.
In 1989 he graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and joined his family business, BDG International, Inc.
On October 21, 1995, he married his true love Tricia Lynn Kushman and together they raised two remarkable children, Lauren Regina May and Evan Reed Thomas. Bengt’s proudest achievement was guiding his children with life lessons to become the well- rounded human beings with strong integrity they are today.
Bengt had a zest for life. He was a true adventurer who loved to explore new places, try new foods, and gaze at the stars. He was a proud member of the Northwest Suburban Astronomers Club. He loved nothing more than an off-road bike trail or taking the family on the road less traveled. Whether it was a trip to Door County, canoeing down the Kickapoo River, fishing at Trout Lake Resort or loading up the camper for the long weekend; those were the simple pleasures that filled his heart.
Bengt Reed Anderson, 54, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family on August 25th, 2021. Known for his strength and perseverance, he gave it his all, leaving no stone unturned getting life-extending treatment for Metastatic Melanoma.
Today, it is very special to able to attend events throughout the Midwest and to share so many positive memories with those who remember Bengt and the light he brought to their lives.
“Love, like the ocean, continues beyond the horizon…
and life, like the sun, shines where we cannot see.”