Rich Taylor has been an Island resident for the past twenty years and continues to serve and support the community and its organizations. As one of the founding board members of the island school he and fellow board members took a proactive approach to public relations on Boca Grande for community approval and worked diligently with the county commissioners to gain the county approval for the school to continue its lease at the community center and for the school to be constructed on the county land. Rich has a diverse background in business that includes the past ownership of Taylor Art Galleries in the 1980s and Lifetime Fitness Equipment in the 1990s until starting his career in real estate. His business philosophy has always remained the same, surround yourself with good people that care and great things will happen. Boca Grande is a special place, a wonderful caring community where he raised three daughters Sarah, Brittany and Rachael. Boca is a very safe place for young families, Rich jokingly remarks, "having raised three daughters on this island was great! It was the next best thing to having a moat and a drawbridge! His career in real estate in Boca Grande started in accepting a sales position in 1995 with Gulf to Bay Properties. With his drive to succeed and to give his children the opportunity to live on the island, Rich built a strong reputation for his integrity and warm relations with his clients. His clients became his neighbors and his friends. In 2003 he purchased the company and formed a partnership. Rich wanted to brand the company and researched the possibility of working with Sotheby's. In 2005 Gulf to Bay Properties became Gulf to Bay Sotheby's International Realty and was one of the first companies to be given the opportunity to be part of such a prestigious brand. Sotheby's International Realty has grown since 2005 and is now located in 44 countries with 660 offices. Rich felt it was important to affiliate with Sotheby's; as being part of such a recognized brand is important for people visiting Boca Grande, customers know they will experience a high level of service that is synonymous with the Sotheby's name. The brand has opened many doors and helped to solidify our company position in the Boca Grande marketplace. Rich has years of experience working on complex real estate transactions, many of them being estate properties in Boca Grande, that required his finesse and ability to communicate to streamline the process toward the successful sale. Rich was asked to represent the Coral Creek Airport in 2010 to promote the facility in Boca Grande and actively worked to increase membership. Rich loves Boca Grande and its people, his philosophy is founded in a strong belief that you need to give and help others. We sponsor many charitable events throughout the year and continue to give back to our community. Boca Grande is a wonderful place to live and work. It will continue to be a community that is special and known for its charm and the genuine and caring people who live here.