Robert Taylor Jr.
Robert Taylor Jr. is president of United Supermarkets, a Texas-based, retail grocery chain with stores in 34 markets throughout Texas and New Mexico.
Taylor began his career in business after graduating college when he joined his father as vice president in their family business, R.C. Taylor Wholesale. In 1977, he and his father purchased Goodart Candy Company, famous for their peanut patties and peanut brittle candy, which they operated for 10 years. Under Taylor’s leadership, R.C. Taylor Wholesale grew to service grocery and convenience stores within a 100-mile radius, eventually changing its name to R.C. Taylor Distributing.
In 2007, Taylor sold the family business to one of his largest customers, United Supermarkets and joined the company’s leadership team as vice president of logistics, responsible for supplying 50 stores across north and west Texas. He managed the company’s expansion into manufacturing, adding Krystal Ice and Praters Prepared Foods to the company’s business. In 2010, he was named CEO of the company, and in 2013, he orchestrated the sale of the company to Albertsons, where he remains head of the United Supermarkets subsidiary.
Active in the Lubbock community Taylor has held a number of campaign positions with Lubbock Area United Way and is a member and past president of Southwest Rotary. He is also a past president of the local chapter of The Salvation Army where he led the organization’s capital campaign for a new building. He currently serves as chairman of the Downtown Tax Increment Financing Committee for the revitalization of the city’s downtown district. He has previously served on the PlainsCapital Bank board of directors and is a current member of the board of Hill Top Holdings, a publicly traded company. He is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he has served on the session.
Also engaged with his profession, Taylor is a board member and has served two terms as president of the Texas Association of Wholesale Distributors, where he has been honored as Texas Candy Man of the Year, Southwestern Salesman of the Year, Southwestern Community Service Award, Texas Wholesaler of the Year and the Texas Political Network Award. He has also served on the board of directors for Food Marketing Institute.
An avid Texas Tech fan, Taylor and his family are scholarship donors to Texas Tech Athletics, the Graduate School and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Council and serves on the Chancellor’s Council Advisory Board. Active in the Delta Tau Delta alumni association, he serves on the chapter’s house corporation board, and he is also a member of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. He has been a guest lecturer on the subject of entrepreneurism at the Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business where he currently serves on the Chief Executives’ Roundtable. In 2011, he received the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Taylor graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in administrative management. He is married to the former Jan Smith, also a Texas Tech University graduate, and together they have four children, two of whom also graduated from Texas Tech University, and nine grandchildren.