Phyllis M. Taylor is Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Enterprises L.L.C., a management company to oversee the various Taylor operations. She is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Energy Company LLC since the death of her husband, Patrick F. Taylor, in November 2004. The privately-owned Louisiana company was founded by Mr. Taylor in 1979.
A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Mrs. Taylor served as law clerk for one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Louisiana and for Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Her career in the oil industry began in 1972, when she became in-house counsel for John W. Mecom, Sr. Mrs. Taylor also serves as Chairman and President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. This philanthropic organization was started in 1985 with its emphasis on benefiting education, law enforcement, the armed forces and other humanitarian efforts.
As a champion for education, Mrs. Taylor continues her late husband's legacy
to ensure students have the opportunity to receive merit-based, state-paid college tuition scholarships. The scholarship program exists in 22 other states and is modeled after the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) in Louisiana.
For over 35 years, Mrs. Taylor has served and continues to serve on the boards of numerous organizations. At present, she is a member of the New Orleans Business Council and was appointed to the Education Commission of the States. She also serves on the boards of the Catholic Leadership Institute and Tulane University.
She has received numerous awards in recognition of her public service, including the Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award from Tulane University, Alexis de Tocqueville Award from United Way, Integritas Vitae Award from Loyola University New Orleans, Distinguished Citizen Award from Southeast Louisiana Council of Boy Scouts of America, Business Hall of Fame Laureate from Junior Achievement, The Times-Picayune Loving Cup, The National WWII Museum American Spirit Medallion Award and named an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corps.