NBU Board Names Ian Taylor as New CEO of Utility
Published on Nov 22, 2016 / Local News
The New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) Board of Trustees has selected an internal candidate to lead the company. Chief Engineer of Water Systems Ian Taylor will succeed retiring CEO Paula J. DiFonzo effective December 16. The Board made their announcement at a special meeting on Monday, November 21. DiFonzo will remain with NBU until January 31 to assist with the transition of CEO duties to Taylor. NBU Board President Atanacio Campos says NBU conducted an extensive national search that included both internal and external candidates. Campos notes that there were excellent, extremely qualified individuals, any of whom would be a great leader for NBU. In choosing Taylor, Campos adds, the Board’s has “seen firsthand how he applies his knowledge and skills to produce great results. We are confident that NBU will grow and prosper under his leadership.”
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“Paula DiFonzo’s retirement will end a tremendously successful 35-year career at NBU,” Campos adds. “Our goal as a Board has been to seek an individual who will continue the great community work and commitment to our customers that Paula has instilled at the utility. We believe we have those qualifications in Ian Taylor.”
“Ian’s overwhelming enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to our community have been evident in his work and in the leadership roles he has continued to take on outside of the utility,” NBU Board Vice President John Harrell says. “His dedication in these areas strongly reflects NBU’s mission of improving quality of life for our customers and community through excellence in service.”
Taylor joined NBU on October 20, 2005, as the Manager of Water Operations & Maintenance. He was named Chief Engineer of Water Systems in 2009 where he is in charge of water and wastewater planning, design and analysis, and program management. Taylor has overseen a number of major projects, including the Trinity Well Field project, the Sam C. McKenzie Jr. Water Reclamation Plant, the renovations of the North and South Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plants, and the relocation and expansion of the Rio Lift Station.
Taylor is a member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce where he served as Chair of the Transportation Committee and received the Chair of the Board award in 2013. He is currently a SAFEhaven NBU employee volunteer, an Opa with the Wurstfest Association, and Committee Chair for Cub Scout Pack 163. Taylor is also a graduate and alumni of the Leadership New Braunfels program. Prior to joining NBU, Taylor was a Senior Project Manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin where he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, the TCEQ South Texas Water Master Association, Project Management Group, and serves as a Captain in the Texas State Guard Engineer Group.
He and his wife, Amy, and their two children, Mattie and Graham, reside in New Braunfels.