Chairman Ernest A. Taylor is President of Beech Hill Group, Inc. an executive search firm. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, earned his MBA at Georgia State University and attended Harvardís Seminar for Directors. Following his early banking career, Taylor became an entrepreneur, starting his own executive search firm. Over the next twenty years, he was involved in the sale of the company four times, most recently in 1999.
Taylor serves on the Advisory Board to the Business School at the University of Tennessee and is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Georgia State University Foundation. He is also on the Board of Honduras Outreach and continues strong ties to Georgia Family Council.
In 1995, Ernest co-founded Awakening, an annual weekend gathering to promote conservative thought and principles through discussion and fellowship. In 2005, Awakening will celebrate its tenth anniversary with hundreds of participants from across the country gathering to discuss the issues of the day.
Ernest and his wife, Jan, have four children and three grandchildren. They reside in Newnan, Georgia.