Glen Taylor biography

Posted: September 14, 2005

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Glen Taylor

Born on April 20, 1941 and raised on a farm 60 miles west of his current home in Mankato, Glen Taylor graduated from Comfrey High School in 1959. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Math, Physics and Social Science from Mankato State University in 1962. During this period, he worked part time at Carlson Wedding Service. Later he would own the company. He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Glen has five children: Terri, Jean, Taylor Moor, Jeff and Kendahl.

Glen has contributed to the community...

  1. President of the YMCA
  2. Chamber of Commerce, Director
  3. Church Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees
  4. Mankato Jaycees President
  5. United Way Campaign Chairman
  6. Moderator - First Congregational Church
  7. Minnesota State University Foundation Board

statewide and nationwide...

  1. Director, Minnesota Business Partnership
  2. Director, Greater Minnesota Corporation
  3. President of the International Thermographers Association
  4. Provides expert testimony on business and child care issues to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
  5. Appointed by Governor Arne Carlson in 1991 to the Commission On Reform and Efficiency (CORE) where he served as Committee Chair.

Glen has been recognized for his contribution...

  1. Mankato Area Distinguished Service Award
  2. Mankato State University Distinguished Alumni Award
  3. Outstanding Jaycee Chapter President in Minnesota
  4. Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Association for Education of Young Children
  5. Recipient of the "Book of Golden Deeds" award
  6. Elected to membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  7. Selected by Corporate Report Minnesota magazine as the 1987 Executive of the Year
  8. 1987 Laureate of the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame
  9. Recipient of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations "MCFR Friend of the Family" award
  10. Recipient of the Toastmasters International "Communication & Leadership" award
  11. In 1996, South Central College presented him with a honorary degree, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Arts.
  12. Mankato State University awarded Taylor its first honorary doctorate on June 7, 1996. Taylor received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws for his distinguished professional career and volunteer service.
  13. Sales Executive of the Year from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis & St. Paul, 1999

Glen was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1980 and served until 1990. He became Assistant Minority Leader in 1982. From 1984 to 1986, his fellow Senators elected him Minority Leader of the Senate. He provided leadership in the areas of higher education, child care and economic development policies.

Glen is the Chairman of the Board of Taylor Corporation. The Taylor companies include more than 70 operating divisions in 19 states, three Canadian provinces, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Mexico. They employ more than 5,000 Minnesotans. Total Taylor employment exceeds 14,000 employees. On August 5, 1994, Glen Taylor reached an agreement to buy the Timberwolves. His purchase ended months of speculation about the long-term future of the team and guaranteed that the franchise would remain a part of the Minnesota sports scene for many years to come. In 1999 he added the WNBA women's basketball team, the Minnesota Lynx, to the growing list of Minnesota sports teams.

Taylor Relief Fund fact sheet (pdf)

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