MSMC Golf & Tennis Invitational


Golf Honoree: James W. Taylor, Jr.

James (Jim) W. Taylor, Jr. is a native of Newburgh, NY who still resides in the town with his wife, Eileen.

Jim founded Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC in 2005 as part of his family’s business commitment to waste reduction, recycling, and reuse. He built the first of these businesses, Taylor Tree, Inc., his father’s business founded in 1956, into one of the Hudson Valley’s largest land clearing and tree service companies. Jim is an industry visionary with the practical contracting experience to manage projects of any complexity.

Taylor Recycling Facility, LLC disposes wood from other businesses and is a leading recycler of construction and demolition debris. The company’s reputation grew exponentially after the firms around-the-clock work for nine months at the Fresh Kills Landfill sorting debris from the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001. Taylor received a commendation from the Army Corps of Engineers’ lead contractor for their “tremendous contribution.” This project was completed in less time than expected and under budget, and with the highest degree of performance.

Jim has since retired from and serves as Chairman to Taylor Recycling Facility. The family-run business is now run by his three children, James W. Taylor III, Hans E. Taylor, and Tonyalynn Taylor. Jim’s mantra is “we need to stop wasting our waste; waste is a resource and has value. We can no longer continue to build these great big mountains of debris, above and below the ground (landfills), that are never, ever, ever going to go away in our kids' kids' kids' time.”

Currently, Jim is responsible for leading the Taylor team in designing, building and operating the world’s first commercial size biomass gasification plant using the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris as the feedstock to produce renewable electricity. Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC owns the patented technology, the world’s first of which will be constructed in Montgomery, Orange County, New York.

Jim literally travels the world as an expert in his field giving numerous speeches and debates from leadership to recycling for many different types of organizations.

Jim has also lead and supported numerous local community groups, including The Viking Aquatic Club, churches, schools, Veteran of Foreign War clubs, Little Leagues, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and fire departments. He is directly responsible for the purchase of the current Maybrook Fire Department’s command truck. Taylor Recycling donated nearly $300,000 for the Orange County World Trade Center Remembrance Walkway and Garden Memorial located at The Ottaway Arboretum in Orange County’s Thomas Bull Memorial Park.

Jim believes in giving back to the community that has given him so much. He has served on the boards of the Construction Materials Recycling Association, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Partnership, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporations, Hudson Valley Regional Economic Development Council, Hudson Valley REC=DC, City of Newburgh Planning Board, New York State Pesticides User Council, and the New York State Arborist Association.

Jim has received the following awards from the community:

  • Mount Saint Mary College – Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws
  • The Orange County Chamber of Commerce – 2004 Business of the Year Award
  • Orange County Partnership – Recycling, Quality of Life, and Spirit of Innovation Award
  • Occupations Foundation at Occupations, Inc. – Vision of Hope Award

Tennis Honorees: Nancy and Chuck Benfer

Nancy and Chuck Benfer are lifelong residents of the Hudson Valley. Nancy has worked at Bishop Dunn Memorial School for the past nineteen years, beginning as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant and is now the Assistant Principal. Nancy graduated from Mount Saint Mary College with her undergraduate degree as well as her Masters of Science in Education: Childhood/Special Education. She is a highly respected adjunct professor in the Mount’s Education Department. Nancy, an innovative educator, spearheaded a project with her co-teacher Kim Lynch and 4th grade Bishop Dunn students to write a book about the history of Mount Saint Mary College entitled "Teach Me Truth."

Nancy has collaborated on several presentations thoughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, from subjects on “Inspiring 21st Century Learners: Informational Writing through Children’s Literature and Media” to “Diversifying the Common Core Text Exemplars.” She recently presented at her first national conference for the Literacy Research Association (LRA). Her passion for providing all students with books in which they can see themselves inspired her to coauthor “How Common Core’s Recommended Books Fail Children of Color” with Mount professor Dr. Jane Gangi. She also authored an article, “Don’t Forget the Pictures: Using Graphical Devices to Learn About Space,” with Mount professor Dr. Rebecca Norman and Mount graduate Meghan Bauer. The article is currently under review with the editors of the Michigan Reading Journal.

Nancy is a member of the Mount's Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL), and spends her summers supervising MSMC teacher candidates at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. In her free time, she loves to play tennis, and is currently the tennis chair on the board of The Powelton Club.

Chuck began his radio career in 1989 with Beacon Broadcasting as an Account Executive. Chuck joined Rob Dyson’s WEOK Broadcasting in 1992 and worked his way up their corporate ladder until they were sold in 2000. Chuck stayed on with heirs Aurora Communications and Cumulus Media where he became a Market Manager. In 2009, Chuck became the General Manager for Pamal Broadcasting in Albany, NY where he stayed until December of 2012 when he began as Market Manager for then Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley. Today, Chuck is the Market President of iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel) in Northern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and the Hudson Valley.

Chuck is the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards and recognitions including The Heart of Gold Community Service Award from Occupations Incorporated (now Access Inc.), JDRF’s Hope Award, as well as awards from the American Heart Association, The Alzheimer’s Association, and the March of Dimes. Chuck was named one of Radio’s 20 Best Managers by Radio Inc. Magazine, and is a two time winner of Radio Inc. Magazine’s coveted Market Manager of the Year Award. Most recently, Chuck was awarded the Rutberg Breslow Community Service Award for his outstanding efforts in supporting our local community and in November was awarded the Most Outstanding Philanthropist Award by The Association of Fundraising Professionals for his work towards advancing the mission for 78 not-for-profit organizations throughout the region.

Chuck’s commitment to local businesses and charitable organizations goes back to his childhood and the example set for him by his parents. Chuck’s parents taught him from an early age the importance of giving back to the community. Nancy and Chuck have raised their children likewise.

Nancy and Chuck have been married for 30 years, are proud parents of Mount Saint Mary College's Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s tennis teams, Elora. Their daughter Eliza just finished the first semester of her freshman year at Mount Saint Mary College, and son Charles IV is a junior at Marlboro High School. They reside in Milton, NY.

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