Taylor to be honored at Scout dinner

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Flint River Council of the Boy Scouts of America will honor Bennett International Group CEO Marcia Taylor March 24 at its annual Golden Eagle Dinner at Eagle’s Landing Country Club.

Marcia Taylor will be honored at the Boy Scout’s annual Golden Eagle Dinner March 24. Special photo

Nearly 300 local and state leaders, residents and Scouting supporters will attend the event to raise money for the Henry County Scouting program while honoring “one of Henry County’s most successful entrepreneurs and champions of children and family values,” according to the Flint River Council’s Jason Setser.

Chairman of the dinner is David Pittman, CFO of Bennett International Group.

Taylor’s story is a unique and inspiring one. After the death of her husband, she continued the family business and under her leadership it has grown into one of the largest of any kind in Henry County and one of the largest female-owned companies in all of Georgia.

Bennett International Group, headquartered in McDonough, has locations in several states including Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and California. The company employs about 750 people in Georgia and works with some 2,000 independent drivers nationwide.

Taylor was recognized in 2014 by the Women in Trucking Association as one of the most influential women in the industry. She recently began an initiative called Women in the Driver’s Seat to recognize female drivers who contribute to her company’s success. There are now about 250 women drivers employed in the company’s various divisions, including solo and team (husband-wife) drivers, a company spokesperson said last fall.

She has also left her mark when it comes to philanthropy. The Women’s Center which opened in 2007 at Piedmont Henry Hospital bears her name, and the Taylor Foundation has provided significant resources to children, women and family-centered organizations over the years.

“Each year, with the aid of influential community leaders, the Boy Scouts of America hosts a dinner to raise funds necessary to keep the Scouting Community growing and flourishing here in Henry County,” said Setser, senior district executive of the Flint River Council.

“There is no other program here or in the United States that has worked for over 100 years to instill in youth the positive values of good citizenship, positive moral values and ethical decisions. Many of Henry County’s current leadership in both the public and private sectors were Scouts, some of which attained the highest rank awarded, that of Eagle Scout. Many of our local leaders earned their Eagle right here in troops from Henry County, and have dedicated their lives to making Henry County the best place to live, work and play in Georgia.”

Nearly 30 corporate sponsors have stepped up and made significant contributions to the event. Among those are Bennett International Group, WJP Investments, United Community Bank, Strawn and Co. Insurance, Electronic Funds Source, Strategic Risk Solutions, Moore Colson, Retirement Wealth Specialists, the Law Firm of Meadows & Macie, and IRM Risk Management.

There is no cost to attend the dinner, although those who attend will be asked to make a donation at the event. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:45.

To RSVP, become a corporate sponsor, or to make a donation to Henry County Scouting, contact Setser at jason.setser@scouting.org or 770-866-8319.