Members of Helena's business community are fortunate to have an ally who spends her “me time” volunteering for them.
As organizer of the Swish Basketball Tournament, golf tournament and other events hosted by the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, Jenny Taylor of Anderson ZurMuehlen helps bring in thousands of people who generate an estimated economic impact in the millions of dollars each year.
“It’s really cheesy, but it makes me feel good and I love it, and I love the people of the community of Helena, and I love the relationships I’ve made and the contacts I’ve made,” she said. “And it’s just a great way to get out in the community other than working professionally.”
Taylor and her husband grew up in Havre and moved to Seattle, but returned to Helena to be closer to family. She earned her Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Montana and has been the corporate accounting director at Anderson ZurMuehlen since 2008.
“I call it the accountant for the accountants in the sense that my department does the financial statements and payroll and budgeting,” she said. “ … We’re just kind of the financial center of Anderson ZurMuehlen.”
Taylor originally got involved in the chamber through the Leadership Helena program in 2014-15, and she was chosen to represent her class on the chamber’s board of directors that following year. She later became a permanent board member, which gave her the opportunity to get involved in planning the organization’s events.
Though she also enjoys downhill skiing and spending time at the lake, she said, “any other time is usually spent running around after my kids.”
“Jenny shows amazing grace and dexterity in balancing both work and family,” John Cummings, also of Anderson ZurMuehlen, wrote in her nomination for the 20 Under 40 award. “ … Jenny has a dedication to her two kids (ages 7 and 10) and makes sure to be there for baseball games, soccer matches and Sunday School.”