March/April 2020 Family Matters

Robert Matthews (Matt) Beall III has been named CEO of Bradenton, Fla.-based retailer Beall’s Inc.

Beall is the great-grandson of Robert Matthews Beall Sr., who founded the company in 1915. As a student at the University of Florida, he worked in the West Bradenton Beall’s Store as a sales associate and then at the Beall’s Outlet distribution center processing merchandise. After graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business, he worked for Ross Stores in Manhattan as an assistant buyer. He then earned an MBA from Stetson University.

In 2004, Beall joined the family business as a buyer for Beall’s Outlet. Over the next 15 years, he served as a store manager and worked in nearly every corporate function at Beall’s and Beall’s Outlet. Most recently, he was the president of Beall’s Stores.

Beall succeeds Steve Knopik, who was the first non-family member to lead the company and will continue to serve as its executive chairman. Knopik became CEO in 2006 when Beall’s father, Robert M. (Bob) Beall II, stepped down from that role. Bob Beall remained as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2017.

Beall’s operates more than 550 stores in 17 states under the names Bealls, Bealls Outlet, Burkes Outlet, Home Centric and Bunulu.

Chrissy Taylor has been named CEO of Enterprise Holdings Inc. Taylor, who had been president and chief operating officer, is the daughter of the company’s executive chairman, Andy Taylor, and the granddaughter of founder Jack Taylor.

Chrissy Taylor, who retains the title of president, succeeds non-family executive Pam Nicholson, who had served as CEO since 2013 and retired at the end of 2019.

Enterprise Holdings, along with its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management, offers car rental, car sharing, truck rental, fleet management, retail car sales and other transportation services. The company, based in St. Louis, owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands through a global network of independent regional subsidiaries.

Taylor began her career in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car management training program, working at several rental locations. She transitioned to Enterprise’s corporate headquarters in 2003 and oversaw regional operations throughout the United States.

In 2006, she moved to London to develop Enterprise’s market in the U.K., Germany and Ireland. After receiving her executive MBA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010, she joined Enterprise Holdings’ Treasury group and assisted in the financial restructuring of the company’s fleet management business. She became executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2016 and president in 2019.

Taylor serves on the board of her family’s foundation, the Crawford Taylor Foundation, and will continue to serve as a member of Enterprise Holdings’ corporate board.

Brandon McVaugh has been named president of Laboratory Testing Inc. (LTI), an independent materials-testing and metrology laboratory based in Hatfield, Pa. He is the grandson of founder Robert W. McVaugh Sr. and the son of Michael J. McVaugh, who retired from the position of president and continues to serve as the company’s CEO.

Brandon McVaugh worked part-time for LTI  during high school and college. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Delaware Valley University, he worked for five years at the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pa., where he held leadership positions in operations. In January 2010, he returned to LTI as the customer service supervisor, a new position at the company.

He managed the mechanical testing department and the machine shop for five years and spent three years as director of operations, overseeing all testing, machining and calibration departments. He also led efforts to acquire Fracture Technology Associates of Bethlehem, Pa., in 2017 and TAC Technical Instrument Corp. of Trenton, N.J., in 2018.

Brothers Luke Jordan and Sam Jordan have joined the executive team at Electro Acoustics Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, and now share in ownership of the company.

Electro Acoustics provides audio, video and theatrical lighting for larger-scale commercial projects, such as performing arts centers, convention centers, churches, sports arenas and educational facilities. The company was founded by their parents, Chris and Sue Jordan, in 1984.

Luke, vice president and co-steward, is now responsible for external activities like achieving revenue targets, keeping up with market trends, community outreach and industry engagement.

Sam, general manager and co-steward, is now responsible for internal activities, such as building the Electro Acoustics team, company culture, finance and overall quality and performance.

Cynthia Lohr, second-generation co-owner of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, San Jose, Calif., has been promoted to chief brand officer, reporting to founder Jerry Lohr.

She began her career at J. Lohr more than 30 years ago, working in both the tasting room and the quality-control lab. She then left to gain business and branding experience in the technology sector, where she worked in marketing and public relations. Her last post before returning to the winery was vice president and account services director at Alexander Ogilvy PR Worldwide.

She was named director of communications at J. Lohr in 2002 and was promoted to vice president of marketing in 2009. In 2016, she became the winery’s trade and brand advocate.

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