Mike Taylor, Certified Pinnacle Business Growth Guide and Founder of Taylormade Visioneering
I was born and raised on the plains of the Texas Panhandle. I moved to California after high school. I started a small interior construction business in California to pay for my way through school. I decided I was not a California fan and decided to go to The University of Idaho in Moscow. I met my future wife two days before I was to go to Moscow and only attended U of I for one year. I came back to get married and restarted my small business. I was asked to lunch one day by a local architect I had met in Los Angeles. The Architect brought a guest whom I had never met. It was a strange lunch as I still needed to learn why this guest was with us. At the end of lunch, the guest said he had to leave, stood up, shook my hand, and told me congratulations. I was puzzled and asked, congratulations for what? He said, Mike, I am going to hire your company to install all the furniture for the new Toyota North American HQ. I did not know it, but I was being interviewed. I never finished my degree as my company grew over the next few years to over 200 employees and revenues of $50M. Two years ago, I thought about retirement but wanted to take my experience in the business world and help privately held businesses reach their Pinnacle as I reached mine after my “lunch that launched a career.” Now a Pinnacle Business Guide, I can use my experience and the Pinnacle Business Growth process to help other business owners reach their Pinnacle.
When I am not helping others reach their Pinnacle, I love to spend time with my wife, Nancy, of 42 years, and my three sons and their families. I am an avid outdoorsman and love fly fishing with friends. I volunteer for the Wyakin Foundation in Boise, Idaho, mentoring our warriors as they transition from military to civilian life.
I decided to become a mentor with the Wyakin foundation to take my business knowledge and experience and work with our Warriors as they transition from military to civilian life. I never served in the military, and I feel this is a way to thank them for their service to our country.
Image: Mike Taylor and veteran Nick Knight at the Wyakin Foundation induction ceremony, summer 2022. At the ceremony, mentors join in the official welcoming of veterans into the Wyakin Foundation programs by pinning veterans with a Wyakin pin.