Mr. Taylor is a Michigan native. He grew up in Ellsworth, a small town of approximately 380 people, located in Northwest Michigan. Growing up he attended and graduated from Ellsworth High School lettering in football, basketball and track for three years. He attended college at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After college he returned to his home town and married Mary VanderArk and worked in the Taylor family business until 1982 when he moved his family to Rome, Georgia to start his own business.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have five children; Chadwick, Eric, Andrew, Kelly and Elisabeth Taylor. They are also blessed with six grandchildren; Madelyn, Grayson, Cooper, Blake, Ethan and Reef who all live in Rome, Georgia.
Mr. Taylor is a member of First Presbyterian Church Rome, GA and has served as deacon and elder of the church. He also serves on boards at King University, Bristol TN, Haggai Institute, Norcross GA, and Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, NY. He is on the board for the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Youth for Christ. Currently he is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Governor’s Board of Workforce Development for the State of Georgia.
He is the founder of several businesses including OTR Wheel Engineering, Blackstone OTR and Green Carbon which are located in Rome, Georgia; Silverstone Inc., Omaha Nebraska, OTR Europe, OTR Thailand, Northshore Wheel, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario Canada and TRW Forged Wheels located in Wuxi, China, and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He is also the owner of Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club and Marina in Boyne City, Michigan and Charlevoix Country Club in Charlevoix, Michigan.