EDC Names Taylor as President

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(Grand Island, NE) - A Grand Island resident with strengths in developing and executing successful business growth strategies has accepted the position of president of Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation (GIAEDC). Dave Taylor will begin his new role as leader of this organization on April 6, 2015. The selection was made by the board of trustees for GIAEDC and announced by board chairman, Jay Kaspar.

"Our board of trustees is looking forward to having Dave Taylor as our new president," said Kaspar. "We feel he has the drive, experience, and strategic skills to help our community's existing employers grow and to recruit new employers to Grand Island."

Taylor has been general manager and director of the Healthcare Laundry Services for Catholic Healthcare Initiatives in Grand Island since 2005. Under his leadership, his team doubled sales for the Healthcare Laundry Services in 3 years, tripled the number of outside healthcare organizations served, and introduced new services to diversify the product line and increase sales from existing clients.

Prior to his association with Catholic Healthcare Initiatives, Taylor was general manager of the Sodexo, Inc. facility in Stockton, California. In that position, he managed operations for one of the largest Customer-Owned Goods (COG) processors in the U.S., building a team of 300+ new employees to serve 38 hospital accounts. He had also served as general manager of the Sodexo Los Angeles facility, where he managed 25 hospital accounts and earned the facility its first Gold Safety Audit Rating.

"I am looking forward to leading the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation," says Taylor. "This is a great opportunity to help this great community come together to grow and add well-paying jobs. I look forward to working with our board of trustees, community leaders, and our strong base of employers to make this happen."

Taylor has a BSc in Business Administration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, NE and received Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He was active in the Nebraska Hospital Association and has coached youth sports in Grand Island on a volunteer basis. He and his wife, Dawn, reside in Grand Island with their two children.

The Grand Island Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, retention, and expansion of jobs in the Grand Island area.