Our people are what make Taylor great.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, 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. Longtime residents of Georgia, Stephen and his wife, along with their two daughters, are now happily living in Maryland. 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.
Vice President of Research and Development/Engineering
JB Babcock breathes product design and development, and it shows in his commitment to keeping Taylor’s product offerings on the cutting edge. As the VP of Research and Development/Engineering, he is responsible for manufacturing automation, product software, and all aspects of product design. His 32+ years of manufacturing, design, and automation industry experience are a valuable asset to Taylor.
JB holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Prior to joining Taylor Technologies, JB was Director of Engineering at SUN Automation group. He also managed his own consulting and mechanical design firm that served many industries, including food and beverage and the corrugated box machinery industry. Additional employment included engineering and product development positions with McCormick, KBA North America, AMBEC, and Prime Technology.
Wayne Armacost Jr.
Director of Production
Wayne Armacost Jr. brings to Taylor a fresh perspective on the water-testing industry. As Director of Production, he oversees numerous departments and is working steadily to streamline all manufacturing processes. Wayne’s primary goal is to make Taylor the best in class for order fulfillment by promoting a culture of cooperation throughout the company.
Before coming to Taylor, Wayne spent 13 years managing a large nonprofit in New Mexico where he served as Executive Director. In that capacity, he led the rebranding of an underutilized facility while managing multiple teams with diverse roles. His experience and ability to work with myriad personalities make him excellent at developing effective team strategies.
A Maryland native, Wayne graduated from The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. He then continued his education at Cornell University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Wayne is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children, as well as pursuing his hobbies: outdoor adventuring, DIY home improvement projects, and home brewing.