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Taylor Chevrolet Buick Cadillac
"I loved everything automotive and begged to be part of the business, even telling my father I would work for free, and if he liked what he saw, he could start paying me"
“I enjoy the challenge of making our dealerships feel like home to customers,” nominee Taylor said. “Having the opportunity to associate with so many fine colleagues and our many great customers is a privilege.”
A 1978 graduate of Madison High School in Rexburg, Taylor earned a degree in finance and marketing from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1983. When he graduated in the early 1980s, it was a tough time for the auto industry, so his father discouraged him from joining the family dealership, which was originally founded by his grandfather in 1928.
“Like many who grew up in a family dealership, my first jobs were washing cars, janitorial work and maintenance projects,” he said. “I loved everything automotive and begged to be part of the business, even telling my father I would work for free, and if he liked what he saw, he could start paying me.”
Four months out of college, Taylor was top salesperson and his father renegotiated his pay plan. Today, he owns two dealerships: Taylor Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Rexburg and St. Anthony Motors, a Chevrolet, Buick and GMC store in St. Anthony, Idaho. His son-in-law, Blake Shaw, works for the dealership group.
Taylor’s penchant for hard work was forged while employed by a local farmer for six years during the summers and throughout harvest season. “I loved the soil, the tangible results of watering the crops and seeing the fruits of the harvest,” he said. “Working there has made farming the second love of my life.”
He was also inspired by the two years he spent in the Philippines on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Serving the beautiful people of the Philippines was the best experience of my life,” Taylor said. “I learned from great leaders and companions who taught me lessons in culture, economics, communication, faith and geography that changed me forever.”
A longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Rexburg, Taylor was named president in 1996 and Kiwanian of the Year in 1995. He has also served the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop from 2003 to 2008.
One of his most rewarding community activities was working with the Madison School District as a board member from 1998 to 2008. “I personally enjoyed serving on the school board where we were able to not only get through some tough economic years but rallied community support for upgrading many facilities while keeping good fiscal responsibility in place,” Taylor said.
Taylor was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Kevin Hanigan, vice president and executive director of the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association. He and his wife, Linda, have four children.