Taylor Gang inspired to community service

Taylor Gang inspired to community service

TAYLOR GANG

Born in Providence, RI, Taylor Gang was raised in Miami attending Gulliver Prep and later graduating from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

From a very young age, Taylor was inspired by his family and exposed to volunteerism, helping his mother with outreach to the elderly in the community, assisting with projects and running errands. As a student at Gulliver Prep, where community service is a requirement for graduation, he embraced the responsibility volunteering during the summers in high school as a sailing instructor at Shake-A-Leg (a sailing program for children and adults with disabilities) in Newport, RI.

Since 2007, Taylor has participated with his firm in Motivated Youth, Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management Community Outreach Program. This philanthropic program empowers future generations by providing opportunities for students to meet representatives from children’s charities, evaluate proposals and direct dollars to the charities from the firm’s gift fund.

Among the many charities supported by this program over the years has been Make- A-Wish Southern Florida, with a mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

When the 2-year-old child of a friend was diagnosed with cancer and needed emergency surgery, Taylor donated blood and had what he terms his “Eureka” moment. He knew from that time on that he would look to impact the lives of children and learned more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its mission.

It was at Make-A-Wish, where Taylor met wife, Lisa, an attorney who worked for the charity and was a Wish grantor as were her parents who had granted more than 100 wishes. He quickly was enamored with the charity, became a Wish grantor and in 2010 was elected to its board of directors. Today, Taylor serves as the organization’s president elect.

During the workday Taylor is a principal of Evensky & Katz/ Foldes Financial Wealth Management where he serves on the firm’s Investment Committee working with high-net-worth families and institutional clients to achieve their investment and financial planning goals.

A Certified Financial Planner professional, Taylor holds a certificate in Personal Financial Planning from the University of Miami as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary professional designation, awarded by the Center for Fiduciary Studies in association with the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, for expertise in investment fiduciary responsibility.

In addition, Taylor has his Series 65 Investment Advisor License and contributes frequently to both local and national media including recent appearances in Consumer Reports, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Investment News, Miami Herald, Sun- Sentinel, MSN Money and Yahoo! Finance.

When he is not volunteering or enjoying time with his wife, Lisa, and his 9-year-old daughter Olivia, from a previous marriage, Taylor enjoys cycling, collecting wine, sailing, skiing, tennis, and triathlon.


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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