On March 23, 1995, Glen Taylor closed the deal that made him majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He added the title of NBA owner to a list that already included international businessman, state senator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive of the year. In October 2002, Taylor became the majority owner of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx after a change in the league’s ownership structure. Taylor had served as the operating owner of the Lynx for the previous four seasons of the team’s existence, beginning with the 1999 inaugural campaign.
Before he even completed his first full season as Timberwolves owner, Taylor set in motion his plan for making a mark on the Minnesota sports scene. Prior to the completion of the sale of the team from Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner, Taylor installed RobMoor, Roger Griffith and Chris Wright to run the business functions of the franchise. In 1999, Taylor brought women’s professional basketball back to the Twin Cities by operating the Lynx and added the duties of Lynx Chief Operating Officer to Griffith’s responsibilities. In the winter of 2008, Taylor shifted the balance of power within the Lynx by naming Griffith the company’s Executive Vice President and appointing longtime Timberwolves and Lynx Vice President of New Business Development Conrad Smith as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Lynx. During the 2009 off-season, Taylor appointed longtime successful WNBA assistant coach Cheryl Reeve as the franchise’s seventh head coach.
Glen Taylor is chairman of the multinational Taylor Corporation, based in Mankato, MN. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During this period, he worked part time at Carlson Wedding Service, a print shop specializing in formal invitations. After graduation he continued to work at the company, developing strategies to cut delivery time, improve service and expand offerings. Taylor purchased the company in 1975, assembled a passionate leadership team and dramatically expanded the firmís capabilities, growing it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Today Taylor Corporation, based in North Mankato, includes more than 80 subsidiaries providing business and personal communications products, technologies and marketing services. Other enterprises owned by Glen are in securities, agricultural, and medical fields.
He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1997, Mankato State University awarded Taylor their first honorary doctorate. Taylor received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws for his distinguished professional career and volunteer service. In October 2001, Taylor was inducted into the Minnesota State University, Mankato Hall of Distinction.
Taylor’s business savvy has been recognized by Corporate Report magazine, which honored him as its Executive of the Year (1987), and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis/St. Paul, who awarded him with their Sales Executive of the Year Award (1999). He was also inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame (2002) by Twin Cities Monthly Magazine.
Taylor was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1980, where he served until 1990. He became assistant Senate minority leader in 1982. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Senate minority leader. While in the Senate, Taylor was instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of higher education, child care and economic development policies.
He has served on the NBA Planning Committee and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee. In October of 2008, Taylor was named chairman of the NBA’s Board of Governors. Through personal involvement, Taylor has remained active in many community, civic and charitable causes. He has also has served on his church’s board of deacons and board of trustees and on the Mankato State University Foundation board of directors.
Taylor and his family have provided financial assistance and participated in missions to Africa, Turkey, Egypt and Central America to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Common Hope. Nationally, Taylor has provided expert testimony on business and child care issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as a committee chair on the 1991 Commission on Reform and Efficiency (CORE).
Taylor and his wife, Becky, live in Mankato. Their children and grandchildren enjoy attending many of the
Timberwolves and Lynx games.
- WILLIAM F. BIEBER – Chairman of ATEK Companies, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Bieber resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
- JOHN BOLLERO – A retired commodity trader. A native of Decatur, Illinois, now resides in Palm Beach, Florida and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
- RALPH W. BURNET – Chairman of Coldwell Banker Burnet, Edina, Minnesota, and Owner and Chairman of RWB Hospitality LLC. Burnet resides in his hometown of Wayzata, Minnesota.
- R. WHYNN KEARNEY, JR. – Kearney is a retired orthopedic surgeon who resides in Mankato, Minnesota, his hometown.
- TERI E. POPP – President of Minnesota Military Family Tribute and retired attorney residing in Orono, Minnesota.
- WILLIAM J. (BILL) POPP – Owner/President of POPP Communications, Golden Valley, Minnesota. A native of Minneapolis, Popp resides in Orono, Minnesota.
- JOYCE SEXTON – President of Sexton Family Foundation. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- WILLIAM SEXTON – Retired President/Owner of Old Northwest Company. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.