Rob Taylor took over the reins of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce officially on November 1, 2016, and already his enthusiasm and expertise are paying big dividends. Rob is a local boy with a passion for Lebanon and the surrounding communities, while his background appears ideal for the position. A perfect match!
Rob graduated from Lebanon High School in 1989 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/U.S. Government in 1993. He has extensive experience in the field of marketing and sales, bringing his skills to Vermont Catamount Brewery in White River Junction, and Red River Computer Company, a reseller of computer equipment and technology formerly based in Lebanon. Most recently he has owned and operated Taylor Brothers Farm Inc., a family dairy and maple sugar operation in Meriden, N.H.
With his own business in addition to his work for the Lebanon Chamber, Rob Taylor is one very busy man. But he intends to use all that expertise to further the interests of the Lebanon area. What motivated him to seek the position of director?
“I saw this role as being sort of an ambassador for the Upper Valley,” Rob explained. “My skill set lends itself nicely to the role as Executive Director, as I knew the position would require lots of interaction with many different people and constituencies. I love to make connections and get to know people and places, and that is exactly what is required as a Chamber Executive.”
It has been established that the Lebanon area is a thriving community with a bright but challenging future. What’s the biggest challenge in his view?
“One of the biggest challenges for the Upper Valley is our historically low unemployment. Companies and organizations seeking employees are now drawing from a very small pool of candidates. Another huge challenge for Lebanon is revitalizing aged properties, infrastructure and facilities. The city has two plans in place to do just that. Most recently they have presented a plan for downtown Lebanon, and many years ago a plan for the old West Lebanon/Westboro Rail Yard and Riverfront was outlined. To make these dreams a reality will require significant public and private investments and cooperation.”
With Rob’s experience and enthusiasm, one gets the impression that the coming years should offer many positive changes for Lebanon.