Taylor founded Corporate Development
International, LLC, dba The CDI Group in 2001, after completing the
sale of his last company where he served as Chairman and CEO. Taylor
founded The CDI Group because he recognized certain groups of people
were being under served:
- The business owner who generates Revenue of $2 mil - $100 mil.
- Those individuals who want to own a business generating Revenue
of $2 mil - $100 mil.
- Business owners who want to grow their business both organically
and through strategic and target acquisitions.
- Business owners who want to understand the Fair Market Value
of their business, machinery / equipment, and/or their property (land,
- Those people who want to known the “Fair Market Value” of
a business, machinery / equipment, and/or their property (land, buildings)
they are considering acquiring.
- The professionals (bankers, attorneys, CPA’s, financial
planners) who serve business / company owners, and those who wanted
These insights come from a long and distinguished career, starting
in 1963, spanning both domestic and international business. Taylor
has the experience that comes from growing multi-million $ revenue
private and public companies while a business owner, Chairman, CEO,
President and/or COO. His experience includes having lead a very
successful IPO as that company’s President and CEO.
Taylor started his career in 1963 with Saga Corporation in contract
management services and chain restaurant management. Over an 18 year
period with Saga, Taylor progressed from unit management to the executive
level, serving as that company’s first Director of Strategic
Planning, later as a Marketing VP, and then as a Division VP and
General Manager. Taylor helped build two divisions on a national
basis. Saga reached the $1 Billion revenue in 1983 and was sold to
Marriott in 1985. During his last two years with Saga, while working
full-time, he also earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Leaving Saga in 1981, Taylor joined Arthur D. Little, Inc, world
headquarters in Acorn Park, MA (Boston suburb) as a Senior Consultant,
Strategic Management Unit. Specialized practice area: The Strategic
Management of Technology on a national basis. The skills and knowledge
gained in that practice in the early 1980’s help CDI’s
technology Clients today. In late 1982, a then young couple by the
name of Debbi and Randy Fields wanted experienced leadership in building
and expanding a very small but very special company that had just
35 stores at that time. Debbi, Randy and Taylor all moved to Park
City UT to build a national and later international chain: Fields
Financial Corp, dba: Mrs. Fields Cookies (MFC). Over the next 41
months, with Taylor as the EVP and COO, they built MFC from 35 units
to 255 units across the United States. All company owned at that
Having invested the prior 22 years building and consulting for others,
in 1986 it was time start his own enterprise. Combining technology
and management, Taylor recruited the Salt Lake City IBM Branch Manager
and they formed one of the first voice mail and IBM 36/38 data input/output
service bureaus in the United States.
In late 1987, another company builder / entrepreneur by the name
of Wayne Huizenga and friends purchased controlling interest in a
then 19 store chain. Wayne knew how to recruit people who knew how
to build and operate national chains where there was a finite time
window of opportunity to win the war. In October 1987 Taylor joined
Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation, parent of Blockbuster Video,
with responsibility for approximately 1/3 the United States. Taylor
and his team proceeded to open 176 stores in 12 months, or approximately
1 new store every 48 hours. This included company owner stores, franchisee
owned stores, joint-ventures and acquisitions. Near the end of the
first 12 months, Taylor was promoted to a corporate officer and given
responsibility for 5 of the 7 operating regions in the United States.
Within the next six months, Taylor was again promoted to Vice-President,
International Operations. Taylor moved to London, England as the
International Corporate Officer with marketing, operational, financial
and real estate and construction responsibility for Europe, Asia,
and South America. Over the next several years, using London as his
base, Taylor opened company, franchised, joint-ventured, and/or acquired
operations in 9 countries outside North America, with due diligence
going on in another 12 countries, and on the largest competitor in
Europe, having 850 stores.
Taylor returned to the US in 1992, investing in and taking Board
seats with several entrepreneurial companies headed for national
and international expansion. It was during this period that Taylor
moved to Portland, OR, as President and CEO of a young, pre-IPO company
by the name of Coffee People, Inc. Taylor again built a management
team and architected a national expansion. After closing a Private
Placement Memorandum and leading a successful IPO, Taylor expanded
the company organically and thru a strategic acquisition. In late
1998 a large international based company wanted a public stock vehicle
as an entry into the United States. Taylor managed that sale transaction.
In 1999, Taylor returned to east coast to become Chairman and CEO
of ICTS Inc. Innovative Community Technology Services, headquartered
in Alexandria, VA, and in partnerships with Colleges and Universities,
trained people so they could earn computer, IT and security certifications
from organizations like ComTIA, Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco. With campuses
in Baltimore, Md, Alexandria, VA, Hampton Roads, VA and Atlanta,
GA, in the next two years, Taylor and his management team increased
Revenue from approximately $12 Mil to approximately $16 Mil. In mid-2001,
a company intent on doing a technology certification training roll-up
made a highly desirable offer for ICTS. Again, Taylor managed that
Having enhanced the value, purchased and sold several companies
in the United States and Internationally, and desirous to stay in
the Northern Virginia area, in late 2001, Taylor established Corporate
Development International, LLC, dba The CDI Group. The CDI Group
is a financial and consulting services company, organized to serve
the needs of business owners, those who want to be business owners
and corporate leaders who want to increase the value of their company,
and/or outsource the M&A function. Taylor understands
business owners, those who want to be and corporate executives, because
he has been and is one.
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- MBA, Executive Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
- BA, Honors Program Business Leadership, Economics and Psychology,
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.
- Marketing Research Program, Columbia University, Graduate School
of Business, NYC, NY.
- Youth Hockey Coach in Wisconsin and Michigan (1968-1979)
- International Special Olympics:
- International Special Olympics Games, Management Team Leader, 1985
- Chairman of the Board of Directors, Utah. (1985-1987)
- Board of Directors/Professional Staff Conflict Resolution and Team
- Dallas Board of Directors, Dallas, Texas (1987-1988)
- Ex -competitive Mountain Marathoner and Ride & Tie runner/equestrian.
Still jogger, tennis, fly fishing, sailing and equestrian.
- Currently member of:
- ACG - National Capital Chapter
- Business Alliance of George Mason University
- Currently University of Chicago Alumni Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneur’s
- Currently, Adjunct Faculty, Assistant Professor, Northern Virginia
Community College, Business Dept. specializing in International Business.