ATLANTA, GA, July 09, 2019 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Richard B. Taylor with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Taylor celebrates many years of experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With more than 45 years of professional experience, Mr. Taylor is the president and owner of Avid Wealth Management Group, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. He serves as an investment advisor, providing portfolio management, retirement, insurance and financial planning for wealthy individuals, estates, trusts and corporate retirement plans.
Mr. Taylor found much success as a CPA client services shareholder from 1984 to 2018, with HLB Gross Collins, PC, having been employed by the firm from the onset of his career in 1973. He served as International Practice leader from 1989 to 2018, and as the firm's liaison with a worldwide organization of accounting firms, HLB International. Mr. Taylor served a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, construction, service and technology companies. He specializes in providing business and tax consulting, financial planning and audit and assurance services to privately owned companies. He also has extensive experience with business acquisitions, business sales and many issues related to financing, planning and tax strategies for these transactions. He also served as head of recruiting from 1978 until 2018.
Mr. Taylor is the Managing Member and owner of Hearthstone Development, LLC, a developer of subdivisions and home builder in Greenville, SC. He developed Charleston Walk, The Ravines at Spring Mill and The Ravines at Camellia Village subdivisions.
Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Georgia, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in accounting, in 1973. While at Georgia, he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor societies. Richard is a cum laude graduate of Andrew College, where he earned his Associate in Science degree in 1971. While at Andrew, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa scholastic honor society.
Mr. Taylor is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. A respected voice in his areas of expertise, Mr. Taylor is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of CPAs.
Mr. Taylor is a trustee of Andrew College and serves as head of the audit committee and serves on the investment and finance committees. He is a trustee for the Public School Employees Retirement System for the State of Georgia. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Georgia Athletic Association and BB&T Bank, Atlanta, NW. He was a former director of HLB Gross Collins, P.C., HLB USA, Inc., The University of Georgia Alumni Association and North Cobb Christian School. He was a director and treasurer of the French-American Chamber of Commerce from 1998 to 2018. He was a member of the Board of Advisors for the School of Accounting at Kennesaw State University (KSU) from 1992 until 2018 and was chairman of the Board from 2015 to 2018, and a member of the strategic planning committee. Richard is a former President of Pinetree Country Club. He was a member of the Board of Advisors and member of the Economic Development committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
As his primary charitable and civic activity, Mr. Taylor has the largest Christmas Light display for a residence in the State of Georgia at his home in Kennesaw, GA. The display features over 500,000 lights and is visited by thousands of people each year. The display is named “Lights of Joy” and has been featured by Channel 2 Action News and will be a contestant on the ABC national TV series, “The Great Light Fight” in December, 2019.
Throughout his career, Mr. Taylor has been celebrated for his contributions to the field. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Who's Who in Finance and Business, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, and Who's Who in the World. Looking toward the future, Mr. Taylor intends to continue cementing his legacy as a trusted advisor and esteemed figure in financial management.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Richard B. Taylor has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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