Life has a way of preparing us for opportunities to serve in fantastic ways.
My family moved to Alaska in 1981. I graduated from Service High School. We moved to Willow in 1983. My father was a contractor and mom worked for many years as a special education aide. Our family has graduates from Wasilla High, Mat-Su Vocation and Technical High School, and Houston High. Our family is comprised of athletes, coaches, scholars, band and choir members, class presidency members, PTA members, booster club members, volunteers, and more. My wife and I have 6 children. Three are married and we consider their spouses our children also. We have 5 grandchildren and look forward to many more (hoping my married kids read this). Most of our family members have attended or are attending school in the valley. My wife is one of the great teachers in the Mat-Su School District.
To say we have an interest in the education of the students in The Valley is an understatement.
After graduating from Service High, I served as a religious volunteer for nearly 2 years. I then sought higher education and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Southern Utah University. I started my first business while at SUU. Since that time I have developed or assisted in the development of many businesses from the ground up or through acquisitions. My positions in these businesses have been centered in finance and operations. I have negotiated contracts with government agencies, unions, and private businesses. As the CFO of an Estate and Retirement company during 9/11, I learned first hand the importance of avoiding debt, saving for a rainy day, and investing wisely. Not all business ventures were successful. Those unsuccessful experiences were great educators. For the past 12 years, I have been the Vice President of Finance and Operations at Taylor Fire Protection Services, LLC, in Palmer. I have held Alaska Real Estate and Alaska Insurance licenses. I served as an assistant to the Board of Directors for the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association. These experiences have taught me the value of being financially responsible, leading by example, and the importance of service.
I have been involved in the development of youth for over 30 years. I have been a coach, an instructor, religious leader, and my greatest calling, a father. I taught youth religious studies classes for over 4 years. I taught Computerized Accounting at Charter College. I assisted in the management of band and choir festivals all across the United States which involved thousands of high school participants from all over the world. I love to assist our youth in excelling and reaching their full potential.
My life's greatest challenge was also the experience that was my greatest teacher. After blessing me with 3 children, my wife passed away from a 2 year battle with cancer. I learned, first hand, how difficult it is to be a single parent, how challenging life can be when facing serious setbacks and illnesses. I learned that family and community are critically important during challenging times. I learned that we can overcome great challenges in life. And I learned how strong a child can be when faced with such calamities. Children, when given the opportunity, can overcome insurmountable obstacles. I will forever be grateful that my wife, Leslie, came into my life and loved 4 children as her own, and added 2 more to our family. She has taught me a great deal about loving and caring for others and that we can make a difference in the lives of children who live outside of our homes.
Life has prepared me to be a member of the Mat-Su School District School Board for District 7.
Paid for by:
V. Jeff Taylor