NORTH MANKATO — Glen Taylor has replaced daughter Jean Taylor as the top official for North Mankato-based Taylor Corporation.
A recent announcement to some Taylor Corporation employees said Jean Taylor was resigning her post as CEO and president of the privately held company and that Glen Taylor would replace her.
Officials with Taylor Corporation did not return messages seeking comment.
According to a biography on the Taylor Corporation website — which was removed from the site by Monday afternoon — Jean Taylor began serving as CEO in 2007. She had previously held president and vice-president duties since 1994.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that team owner Glen Taylor has been re-elected Chairman of the NBA Board of Governors. Taylor was originally elected as Chairman on Oct. 23, 2008.
Along with membership on the Board of Governors, Taylor previously served as the Chairman of the NBA's Audit Committee and has been a member of the Advisory/Finance, Planning and Labor Relations Committees.
Just a day after I believed the Wolves had narrowed their search to former Indiana GM David Kahn, Glen Taylor and Rob Moor apparently continue it anew with a candidate who was either interviewed today or soon will be.
I heard it was a candidate from within the Northwest division. The first guy I thought of was Rex Chapman in Denver, who was with the organization for a while about three years ago. But I don’t think it’s him. Might not be from within the division either.
Sorry, but I don’t think it’s Bill Simmons, either.
About the only thing that seems certain is that this will go on through the weekend.
I heard this evening Taylor and Moor are cooling on one candidate the more they learn about him. Sure sounds to me like that could be Kahn, who without a doubt those the owner and team CEO were (are?) very serious about.
Randy Pfund has remained quiet since he called me back Saturday and I haven’t heard that he’s out so I’d say he’s still a possibility.
Taylor repeatedly had said McHale himself would decide whether he returns, ever since Taylor sent his personnel decision-maker from the front office to the coach's bench in early December.
He reversed course last week, telling the Star Tribune the new boss won't be obligated to retain McHale.
Owner Glen Taylor, interviewed at halftime of Minnesota's 110-87 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night at Target Center, said he still expects Kevin McHale to return as coach next season but that McHale hasn't told him he would.
Taylor also said the team will have a general manager-type to head up basketball operations, ending the committee-style approach it has used in recent seasons.
"We're going to have one person that will be at the top," Taylor said. "We've interviewed quite a few people."
Asked if that person will come from inside or outside the organization, Taylor said: "We're interviewing inside and outside. I'd say we're pretty much done with it."
In just six months, Taylor -- the owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and assorted companies in industries as unrelated as chicken farms and wedding-invitation printing plants -- has gotten poorer along with the rest of us. His net worth last fall, estimated by Forbes, was $3.3 billion. This week, the magazine's Web site pegs Taylor at $2.4 billion. That's a 27 percent drop, not unlike a lot of regular folks' retirement accounts and right in line with the 23 percent by which the fortunes of the world's billionaires allegedly shrank over the past 12 months.
Not to worry: Taylor still has his seven million chickens hard at work on his agribusiness production lines in Iowa and Minnesota, laying what gets sold as liquefied eggs to restaurants and food companies. He hasn't had to cut any grim deals with KFC or invite a few of his top producers home for (gulp) dinner. But he has laid off some human workers across his various enterprises. And the "business with problems" he's most intimately involved with now is one that, for so long, seemed recession-proof: The T'wolves.
I caught only the last few moments of Glen Taylor's time with Sid yesterday, but he said two rather frustrating things:
In response to a question about Mike Miller, he said Miller's been a great team leader, had a great work ethic, and responded to adversity well, and that the problem is that the team's not getting him his shots. To a point-blank question about trading Miller, he responded "No, we're not going to trade Mike Miller." Talked about "the type of players we surround him with" instead.
Answering a question about Pekovic, he went over the 2-year deal and said the plan's always been to bring him over in 2010. No hint of any flexibility to the deal. Said Hoiberg was just over there, and said Pekovic was doing well there.
Other items of note:
* Flatly says Brandon Roy "turned out to be quite a player."
* Recognizes Foye is better at off guard.
* "In a hurry to get us into playoff mode."
* Saw January as a decent measure of the team.
* Next year: "My guess is" pick up two good ones, trade the third pick "to bring in someone" with the skills that we need.
* "I don't think there's any doubt" McHale will be back next year.
Commissioner David Stern scolded Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and coach Kevin McHale for comments they made last week about the troubled economy and the league's future labor agreement with its players.
Taylor and McHale both candidly answered reporters' questions Tuesday about possible changes coming when the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expires in 2011.
Stern quickly sent word to both, telling them to shut up about such matters.
"I have already been talked to by the league," McHale said. "I can say nothing. I think nothing. Nothing, nothing. I don't even think anymore. I've shut that off completely. I think that was the last cognizant thought I had: I was thinking about thinking about nothing."
"I just see a lot of dynamics affecting the long range and how we're going to keep this a healthy business," said Minnesota owner and chairman of the NBA owners' group Glen Taylor last week. "I do see some changes that we have under contract. I don't know if we can make those changes as quickly as we probably should."
It's time for Glen Taylor to clean house. This time, he should use a demolition unit instead of a feather duster.
Taylor, the Wolves' owner, has relied on cronies since he bought the team. In the wake of his team's heartless, hapless loss to a bad Golden State team missing its best player Tuesday, Taylor should be contemplating nuclear options.
If he's not going to have the good taste to fire himself, he's going to have to fire pretty much everyone else.