Endorsed by the Small Business Alliance
* Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona by Earl and Ruth Taylor
* Lived 2 years in Southern Africa on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* Moved to Gilbert, AZ in 1996
* Married Diane Garner; 3 beautiful daughters
* Member of 2011 Gilbert Budget Think Tank
* Steering Committee member of 2009 Citizen Budget Committee
* Campaign Chairman for Eddie Cook Campaign for Town Council
* Precinct Committeeman in GOP District 30 and District 22
* Vice Chairman, GOP Legislative District 22 Executive Board
* Former board member of the Constitution Week USA organization
* 10 years as a corporate human resource professional with Motorola and Honeywell specializing in human resources, staffing, operations, and continuous improvement
* Led global staffing technology and operation teams
* Directed and participated on global projects supporting recruitment operations in over 100 countries
* Six Sigma Green Belt and trained in master LEAN manufacturing processes and tools
* Currently at Heritage Academy, one of Arizona¹s first charter schools
* 1991 Graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ
* Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
* 1998 BS in Management, Human Resources emphasis
* 2003 MBA, Finance emphasis
Gilbert Mayoral and Council Election 2012
1. The town of Gilbert adopted the slogan “Open to Business.” What does this mean to you?
Gilbert’s story is one of hard work and the good living it provides. In Gilbert, “Open to Business” once meant open to the farmers who made Gilbert the “Hay Capital of the World.” Now, farmers, business owners, laborers, everyone, can live the American dream the way it has always been done in Gilbert: through work hard. Gilbert needs to attract high paying jobs through a commitment to the free market principals that made this country successful. “Open to Business” must mean Gilbert is committed to reducing outdated and unnecessary regulations that needlessly restricts business. Additionally, Gilbert should be a level playing field that does not pick winners and losers in the market. Ultimately, it must mean that this is the best place to grow a business, and that this is a great innovation hub where investment capital can see great returns.
2. Does the town of Gilbert provide any services that you believe should be supported solely by the private sector? Explain.
Yes. Freestone Recreation Center competes with private sector health clubs and our solid waste department competes with firms like Waste Management. In the case of the recreation center, we should outsource these services to private firms. In thecase of the solid waste department, we should consider private firms that could provide the same quality assistance in a more cost effective manner. These changes would save tax dollars and give hard working Gilbert citizens a much-needed break. Gilbert can also foster a climate for “cause marketing” in Gilbert. As demonstrated by the Go*Vets Foundation at a recent Small Business Administration event, businesses that partner with local nonprofits can help each other, while enriching our local culture through 5k runs, family walks, and other special event. This would allow more taxpayer money to flow toward public safety and other vital government functions. In a free market, competition increases quality while decreasing costs to the consumer. We can provide better jobs and a higher quality of life by examining these options.
3. How would you foster collaboration between the town of Gilbert and surrounding cities to leverage our assets and strengthen us regionally?
For the last few years, I have worked with Mesa Mayor Scott Smith on the Arizona Celebration of Freedom(http://www.azcelebrationoffreedom.org). In 2010, we made Gilbert a part of the celebration, which allowed us to market Gilbert as a great place to live and work. Additionally, I worked with Gilbert’s acting Town Manager, Collin DeWitt, and the Gilbert Fire Department to
bring the 911 Memorial Beam to the Celebration. This memorial was Gilbert’s 10-year anniversary tribute to the victims of the terrorists attack on 9/11/01. I’m proud to have helped get the ball rolling on the regionalization of area municipalities’ national patriotic celebrations, such as Independence Day, Constitution Week, and Veterans Day. While discussions between municipalities are still developing, this is an example of my dedication to strengthening our region and encouraging cultural development. I have had the chance to work with the city of Mesa on other projects affecting the East Valley Region. My relationships with Mesa leaders allow me to strengthen Gilbert’s regional ties.
4. One of the town of Gilbert’s strategic initiatives is to be a technology leader. What does this mean to you, and how does it benefit small businesses?
Town leaders are put in place to add value to the lives of the town’s residents. That doesn’t mean to over-regulate. It means to use tools, like technology, to facilitate growth and development. We can ease the burdens of Gilbert’s small businesses by allowing more forms, applications, and information, to be submitted online or eliminated entirely. Being a technology leader means making more information available through the Internet and mobile devices. It also means using data to more effectively fight crime and keep our residents and their property safe. An added bonus for residents is that online services are available all the time, they are not restricted to office hours.
5. Gilbert has a lot of vacant commercial space. As the market improves and property owners prepare to fill these spaces, what should Gilbert do to better assist these often smaller projects that need quick and less costly move in?
Time is money, especially for small businesses. As a Six Sigma Green Belt, I have been trained (at Motorola) and certified (at Honeywell) in 2006. I have also completed LEAN Manufacturing training, which helps eliminate waste in a process. I have used that training to improve administrative functions at Honeywell. I can do the same for Gilbert: eliminating unnecessary steps and wasted time from town processes. For example, I would like to see a one-day permitting process made possible with pre-packaged permits. Gilbert can create a Pareto chart to identify the top ten permits requested from the town, then package them in a logical manner. This would allow a small business owner to complete and get approval within 24 hours. Technology can help speed this process along.
6. Road construction is always a challenge for retail businesses. How can Gilbert reduce the impact of these necessary projects on the businesses around them?
To help with this difficult problem, Gilbert can improve its communication with the businesses, and try to direct special events or promotions to take the edge off the impact of road construction. For example, the town can run advertisements for the businesses affected by road construction on channel 11. Additionally, Gilbert’s social media channels, water bill inserts, and digital sign advertisements can be leveraged to help businesses during construction periods.
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