Gary Taylor

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Gary A. Taylor Investment Co.
Jackson, TN

President / Investment Real Estate Developer

  • Purchase and develop raw land
  • Negotiate the sale of land to national retail, restaurant, and bank tenants
  • Develop commercial shopping centers from raw land to finished product
  • Manage operations of retail lease spaces including negotiating lease terms and build-out for each tenant
  • Work closely with architect / engineering firms to develop land infrastructure, utilities and construct roads and buildings
  • Work with Future 500 companies in developing shopping centers

Gary A. Taylor Construction Co.      
Jackson, TN

President / General Contractor

  • Owned and operated construction business in Jackson, TN & Atlanta, GA
  • Managed operations and estimating of design/build residential, commercial and industrial projects
  • Provided comprehensive construction management services including supervision, scheduling, negotiating with material suppliers, recruiting bids from subcontractors, and coordinating with architect/engineering firms


  • Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Small Business, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • National Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award, 1990
  • President of the Home Builder's Association of TN 1991 – 1992
  • Chairman and Founder of Home Builders Self-Insured W/Comp Trust 1996-2004
  • Organized, designed and supervised the construction of  approximately 400 Chapel projects in Brazil since 1990 working through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and Pioneer Missions Global
  • University of Tennessee Football under coach Johnny Majors 1979 and 1980
  • Developed Approx. 2,000,000 sq. ft. of commercial retail

Honors & Activities

  • Top 100 Commercial Retail Developers in TN  2007-2009
  • Board Member First Tennessee Bank  1999 - Present
  • Teach Adult II Sunday School Class  1992 – Present
  • Teach Non-Denominational Men’s Bible Study weekly – 2006 - Present
  • Board Member Fellowship of Christian Athletes  1995 – 2000, 2007
  • Man of the Year 2007 – Jackson Exchange Club
  • Chairman University School of Jackson Board of Trustees  2002-2005
  • Chairman Union University Board of Trustees  1998 – 2001
  • Chairman Home Builders Assoc. of TN Worker's Comp. Trust   1995 - 2001
  • Board Member University School of Jackson  1998 - 2001
  • Stateside Administrator for Pioneer Evangelism ~ Brazil & Uruguay  1990– 2001
  • Board Member Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce  1998 – 2000
  • Member Englewood Baptist Church Advisory Building Committee  1997 – 1999
  • Member Englewood Baptist Church since 1985
  • State of Tennessee Hall of Fame Builder of the Year  2008
  • Chair of Union University Rebuilding Program (rebuilt 712 dorms)  2008
  • Published book titled “For Men Only”, a study of the Book of Romans 2012


  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville


  •  Family: Lisa, wife
  • Lizanne, daughter
    Audra, daughter - married to Michael Dennison
    Paul, son - married to Emily with a son, Wilder
  • Peyton, daughter
  • Sydney, daughter
  • Health: Good
  • Interests: Sports, Golf, Duck Hunting, and Overseas Missions


  • I enjoy spending time with my family.  I also enjoy traveling overseas to construct chapels in third world countries.  I want to allow my job and my life to be an extension of Evangelism to the world for Christ.  My purpose in life is to Love, Serve, and Obey God.