Elected to the Board - 2015
Based in Denver, Colorado; Taylor Henderson is a commercial executive at Michigan-based Dow Solar, where he is responsible for developing and managing strategic partnerships throughout North America. Dow Solar is an “intrapreneurial” start-up within The Dow Chemical Company, which manufactures, markets and distributes the first wide scale building-integrated solar product of its kind, named the DOW POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingle. In 2011, Mr. Henderson spearheaded the launch of the Dow Solar business unit in Colorado, its introductory market in the United States. In 2013, his role grew to encompass responsibilities throughout North America.
Prior to joining Dow, Mr. Henderson was development manager for Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), based in Broomfield, Colorado. In this role, Mr. Henderson led the development of utility-scale wind and solar energy power plant projects throughout Southern California; Colorado and the rest of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States; Ontario, Canada; Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Martinique, and St. Lucia. A significant part of his responsibilities included assisting in the creation of the company’s Emerging Renewables group which successfully replicated the company’s success in wind energy in to the solar and energy storage markets.
Prior to joining RES Americas, Mr. Henderson worked as a wind energy project developer for Gamesa Energy USA - one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines. Mr. Henderson was responsible for developing wind energy projects in Colorado, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Taylor is professionally active in the business sector as a board member of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association; the National Roofing Contractors Association’s “Roof Integrated Solar Energy” (RISE) professional certification program; and, the Home Builder Association of Metro Denver’s “Metro Housing Coalition” political action committee. And in his personal time, Taylor serves on Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver’s Corporate Leadership Team.
Taylor is an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat’s Metro Denver affiliate, having built homes with Habitat on every continent (with the exception of Antarctica) before the age of 30. This includes his first international Habitat build in January 2005, as a Villanova senior, near Cape Town, South Africa. This was followed by a build in Kuching, Malaysia (Borneo) in 2009; and Santiago, Chile in 2010. In 2011, Taylor served as a trip leader for a trip to Rotorua, New Zealand; and again in 2012 for a trip to Comanesti, Romania.
Closer to home, in Denver in 2009, Taylor collaborated with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to found Denver Habitat Young Professionals. The organization strives to give Denver young professionals the opportunity to have fun and make personal and professional connections throughout Denver while helping to give hardworking, low-income families a chance to finally own a home.
In 2011, Taylor was bestowed with distinct honor of being the inaugural recipient of Villanova’s “Young Alumnus Environmental Leadership Award.”
In 2013, Taylor received an award from The Dow Chemical Company, during the 30th anniversary of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, as one of five representatives from a global field of Dow Chemical Company employees having demonstrated leadership beyond service and a special commitment to Habitat for Humanity and The Dow Chemical Company. The award included the opportunity to meet and build a Habitat homes with President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood.
On March 30, 2014, Taylor and, his then girlfriend - Patty - competed in the Lavaman Olympic Triathlon as participants in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. During the months leading up to the triathlon, while training for the event, the couple raised over $13,000 in support of research and fight against blood-based forms of cancer. A few days later, after some R&R, Taylor proposed to Patty, and the two were engaged.
On June 6, 2014, Taylor became a graduate of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s “Leadership Denver, Class of 2014.”
On June 7 2014, Taylor received one of the most significant honors of his life as he became the 2014 recipient of the Villanova Young Alumni Medal, a prestigious honor handed down by the Villanova University Alumni Association.
And, as if 2014 hadn’t already been the most incredible year of Taylor’s life, the most special event of the year took place on September 5, when Taylor and Patty were married in Telluride, Colorado.
Following his graduation from Villanova University, Taylor has remained involved with the University through leadership roles in the Villanova University Alumni Association;
- As the co-president of the Colorado Chapter from 2008 to 2013, and
- The vice president of the Central Texas Chapter from 2005 to 2008.
Taylor is a graduate of Villanova University’s College of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a minor in Communication. In addition, Mr. Henderson has completed two post-graduate seminars at the "Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School." Taylor has also had the privilege of lecturing on renewable energy in Sydney, Australia; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Washington, D.C.
As a student, Taylor was an active member of the Villanova University community.
During his freshman year (2001-2002), Taylor;
- Was the Inter-Hall Council president of his dormitory, St. Mary’s Hall; and,
- A participant of the Villanova Experience program.
- He also attempted to walk on to the men’s varsity lacrosse team, but was unable to secure a spot. This letdown set the stage for Taylor’s sophomore year and, in-part, the rest of his career to-date.
During his sophomore year (2002-2003), Taylor;
- Declared as mechanical engineering major;
- Set out to create the Villanova Club Lacrosse team. This effort included overseeing a tryout of over 200 male club lacrosse hopefuls; supervising a final roster of over 40 players; initiated team fundraising; managing the team’s finances; joining a national league; scheduling games, sites and officials; and, arranging team transportation.
During his junior year (2003-2004), Taylor;
- Began his minor in communication;
- Co-founded the College of Engineering’s P.E.E.R.S. (Peers Enhancing Educational Resources for Students) program;
- Continued his Club Lacrosse presidency;
- Founded the club sport committee as part of the Student Government Association (in order to create a University-recognized Club Sports Department);
- Enlisted to participate as the fundraising chair in the University’s Habitat for Humanity trip to Cape Town, South Africa;
- Became a student facilitator of the Villanova Experience program; and,
- Served as a RA in a dormitory.
And, as a senior at Villanova (2004-2005), Taylor;
- Travelled to Cape Town, South Africa with a Villanova Campus Ministry team, and built a Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family;
- Lead a team which won the “Founders Award” as part of the Villanova Entrepreneurial Society’s StartUp Challenge;
- Was a recipient of the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Award for Meritorious Service;
- Served as the club sports committee chair on the Student Government Association;
- Served as a College of Engineering P.E.E.R.;
- Served as a team captain of the Villanova Club Lacrosse team;
- Continued as a student facilitator for the Villanova Experience program; and,
- Served as a RA in a dormitory.
Taylor was born in San Francisco, California and moved to Austin, Texas at the age of 12. He was raised by his mother, Mary Henderson, who continues to be a strong supporter. Taylor graduated as a member of the National Honor Society from Austin’s McNeil High School in 2001.