Our people are what make Taylor great.
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Stephen Heard is committed to building winning teams whose synergy will create the ideas and motivation to keep Taylor at the forefront of the water-testing industry. His zeal for cultivating differentiating strategies and developing enduring customer relationships are strategies that will serve the company well.
Before coming to Taylor in August 2017, Stephen worked for over 27 years with Lonza Group LTD (most recently serving as Global Business Unit Head), where he led the pro channel teams on a global basis for recreational water. Stephen has a wealth of experience in nearly every business discipline, including sales, sales management, manufacturing, supply chain, business management, mergers and acquisitions, and strategy.
Stephen’s upbeat demeanor and enthusiasm for life are apparent in everything he does. He especially enjoys time on the golf course and admits he has never yet found a golf course he didn’t like. Stephen and his wife are longtime residents of Georgia and live there with their two daughters. Stephen and Karen also have two grown sons.
Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Mike Walsch joined Taylor in May of 2020 as the VP of Administration and CFO. In this position, he oversees administrative, financial, accounting, legal, and technological functions throughout Taylor. He also develops and maintains Taylor’s strategic direction for finance and technology in concert with Taylor’s vision and future plans.
Before coming to Taylor, Mike worked in banking, consulting, and management. He brings a wealth of relevant experience and leadership skills to Taylor having worked with a diverse range of businesses from start-ups to mature companies across many industries including manufacturing, service, retail, and nonprofit. The abilities gained throughout his career prepared him to hit the ground running at Taylor.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
In his free time, Mike enjoys outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, boating, and hiking. He is involved in many charitable causes in his community and church, and he’s married with 6 children and one grandchild.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
A business management professional with a regional and global perspective, Wade Beebe brings over 30 years of sales experience to his role as VP of Sales and Marketing for Taylor. His areas of expertise include multiple sales and marketing disciplines, new product development, in addition to sub business unit management. Wade began his career in sales in 1983 as a territory representative for Olin Corporation, where he took on increasing responsibilities that eventually culminated with his promotion to Global Head – Mass Merchants. In this capacity, he led the global mass merchant business for Lonza, the parent company of the former water product businesses at Olin and Arch Chemicals.
As VP of Sales and Marketing, Wade is responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Sales and Marketing Departments while ensuring the goals and objectives developed support the company’s vision. Customer relationship management is key to the success of any company, and with that in mind, Wade will strive to optimize customer service, product offerings, and innovation that will deliver a strong value proposition to the Taylor customer base.
Wade holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Several years later, he continued his education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA, where he earned his MBA. Wade is married and has two sons.