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Taylor & Sons Chevrolet
“The most rewarding aspect of my retail automotive career is being successful enough to provide a comfortable living to many employees over the years and watching them and their families grow into productive citizens in our community.”
“The most rewarding aspect of my retail automotive career is being successful enough to provide a comfortable living to many employees over the years and watching them and their families grow into productive citizens in our community,” nominee Taylor said.
Taylor, who was raised on a wheat farm in eastern Washington, is a 1966 graduate of Ritzville High School in Ritzville, Washington. He studied economics and earned a B.A. in business from Washington State University in Pullman in 1970, where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), though he was never commissioned due to a medical condition.
When he graduated from college, a family friend arranged an interview for him with GMAC (General Motors Acceptance Corporation) in Spokane, Washington. “I was hired at a $435 per month salary as a field representative and have been in the automobile business ever since,” he said. Taylor founded his dealership in 1988 (then Taylor-Parker Motor Company) and his wife, Laurel, who recently retired, has worked with him there and in all of his business ventures since 1983. His son Brett, is currently a financial partner, general manager and his successor.
“This industry has made it possible for me to provide quality education and opportunities for our two sons, one who has joined us in our dealership operation and the other who is a successful structural engineer,” he said.
Of all of his community contributions, he is most proud of building an athletic field at Sandpoint High School in Sandpoint, Idaho, and spearheading the fundraising drive for an adjoining athletic field house, which bears the name of his oldest son, Tucker Taylor, who passed away at the age of 17.
“It took two years [from 1993 to 1995] to build the field, and it was gratifying to watch 400 people show up on a Sunday morning to lay 18 semi loads of sod and transform what was once a dumpsite into a very useful addition to the school district,” Taylor said. “And then to get approval for the field house – and the volunteer labor and funds to build it in honor of my son – was very meaningful.”
He also supports other community initiatives, including Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint, known as Heather’s House, a resource center for cancer patients and their families, and Kinderhaven, also in Sandpoint, a group foster home and emergency shelter that provides a safe haven for children in crisis.
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, Laurel, have two children and three grandchildren.