Our Team

Great People Can Make a Difference

We believe wholeheartedly in our mission and vision but also realize that it is too easy to say one thing and do another. It takes great people to make a difference and to help us achieve our mission of helping our customers optimize their menus.

For nearly 65 years, we have been working diligently to assemble an incredibly talented group of people that have a passion for foodservice, drive a positive and inclusive culture, and want to serve our customers with the highest degree of integrity and customer care. Our customers have put their trust in our core values and the people we have in place to make it happen.

Meet our team

Principal

Steven Rice

Steven purchased Taylor Arizona in December 2012. Steven has ownership in two other distributorships and brings a tremendous amount of experience to the Taylor Arizona. He has over 39 years in the industry and prides himself on his results-oriented management style, strategic partnerships, and effective alignment with and support of key business initiatives.

Steven thrives on navigating high-performing teams through changing business strategies with clear focus on the customer. He is passionate about our purpose, mission, and vision in everything we do at Taylor Arizona. This is the key to our success as we continue to build our world-class food service equipment distributorship. “I believe that we are true partners with our customers and helping them be successful, we in-turn, are successful.”

President, Managing Partner

Paul Hodges

Paul officially joined Taylor Arizona in January 2019 but has supported the Principal, Steven Rice for several years in a consultant role.  Prior to joining Taylor Arizona, Paul has held various executive roles in large corporations and start-up ventures. 

He has spent most of his career in a Technical or Operational role, supporting companies to improve bottom line performance. Paul is a “Lean Practitioner” and focuses his teams on Continuous Improvement in every aspect of the business; from Sales, Finance/Administration to Warehousing, all to ultimately enrich the customer experience.

Operations Manager

Willie Trujillo

Willie has over 20+ years with Taylor Arizona. As the Operations Manager, he oversees the service, parts and dispatch departments. His goal is to provide our valued customers with an outstanding customer experience by ensuring consistent service and value. Willie believes that our customers are our greatest asset and takes pride in everything he does.

He has the experience and motivation to improve and streamline processes while remaining customer focused. He has a proven track record of developing, implementing and executing process improvements and has assembled a talented team of experienced employees to help drive a positive culture. In his free time, Willie enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Controller

Brian Herrera

Brian joined Taylor Arizona in March 2020. As the Controller, he oversees all day-to-day financial aspects of Taylor Arizona, Ventana Distributing, Saratoga Leasing and STIG. He has worked in a variety of industries but mainly within the hospitality industry for over twenty years and brings a great deal of accounting knowledge to the organization. His overall responsibilities are financial reporting, planning, and budgeting, systems of internal controls and general administration. Brian has a BS degree majoring in Finance and a minor in Accounting. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family & friends and traveling.

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