R. John Taylor has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CropUSA Insurance Agency, Inc. since 1999. He has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AIA Services Corporation since 1995. Both companies are insurance entities with operations throughout the United States that manage insurance programs benefiting agricultural producers. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pacific Empire Radio Corporation of Lewiston, Idaho, a twelve station Northwest radio group.
Mr. Taylor has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Avista Corporation since 1985. Avista is an investor-owned utility based in Spokane, Washington, that generates, transmits and distributes electric and natural gas to customers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. (AVA:NYSE) He is currently the Chairman of the Compensation and Organization Committee and serves
on Corporate Governance and Executive Committees. He previously was Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Taylor is a member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of the State of Idaho Endowment Fund Investment Board (EFIB). The EFIB manages the financial investments and state endowment funds of the State of Idaho that are generated by timber sales and other revenue of the endowment lands owned by the State. The EFIB also manages the financial assets of the State Insurance Fund, the Judge’s Retirement Fund, the Ritter Island Endowment Fund, and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s Endowment Fund. The Investment Board also manages a Credit Enhancement Program for public school bonds. Members of the EFIB are appointed by the Governor of the State of Idaho.
Mr. Taylor is a Trustee and Board Member of the Idaho Heritage Trust, a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of historical buildings and sites. The work is funded from investment earnings of royalty fees of 50 cents per license plate issued by the State of Idaho.