Gary Taylor, President Elect
Eagle River Interiors
Hi, I am Gary Taylor, owner of Black Diamond Blinds and co-owner of Eagle River Interiors…aka..The Blind Lady. I have been married to my lovely wife, Ann, for 31 years. We have 3 wonderful sons Michael (26), Matthew (24), and Jonathan (22). We are proud to be a family owned business since 2001.
I really enjoy working in our community, and have participated in many positions in various local organizations. I served on the Black Diamond Community Center board for 4 years as the treasurer and as a member of the budget and finance committee. I was also heavily involved with the Maple Valley Pony Baseball league, serving on their Board of Director for several years as a member of the fiscal responsibility committee and served as the Director of Sponsorships where I worked closely with local businesses trying to obtain team sponsors. I also coached for 8 years and was an umpire for several years. I am very active in our church, Lake Sawyer Christian Church, volunteering as an usher and a greeter. I am the referee coordinator for our Upward Basketball program and a team leader for a James Brigade team, a group of guys that work with widowers to help maintain their homes.
I feel very strongly that if you want your community to be stable and have good, solid programs, that you need to participate and help, whether it’s by being in leadership roles or just rolling up your sleeves and working toward a common goal. It really bothers me when I hear people complain about things in the community when they haven’t invested their time or effort into making a difference and participating.
It is an honor to have been asked to be a board member for the chamber, I look forward to serving in whatever capacity I am needed. Though the majority of my career has been in life sciences and healthcare, I feel strongly that good marketing can help any business. A mentor encouraged me to follow my passion for helping small businesses and start-ups by creating a company that brings together marketing, sales and design professionals to solve business problems in a collaborative, approachable and cost-effective way.
I would like to serve on the board because I truly cherish our Chamber of Commerce. Everyone I have met has been wonderful and I love being a part of a community. I want to do anything I can to support the local businesses in our town because they are a huge part of what makes Maple Valley a dynamic and lovely place to live.