Taylor stresses teamwork in forging foothold in region With plenty of zeal he 'bleeds' red, white, blue


August 04, 1996|By The profiles on this page were written by Sun staff writer Bill Atkinson.

Call R. Eugene Taylor "Mr. NationsBank."

"I wear NationsBank here," said the 48-year-old executive, pointing to his forehead. "I bleed red, white and blue."

In fact Taylor, who is president of the company's mid-Atlantic banking group, nearly gave his life for NationsBank. As a young branch manager in Charlotte, N.C., Taylor had a gun held to his head when three men robbed his branch.

But he shuns questions about himself because it's the NationsBank team that counts, not individuals, he says.

From his office at 100 S. Charles St., he presides over the NationsBank operations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington. That's 13,000 employees, 466 branches.

Three presidents in the mid-Atlantic region -- in Baltimore, Washington and Richmond, Va. -- report to Taylor, with each running a separate line of business throughout the region.

Taylor, a marathon runner, is demanding and intensely competitive, and he talks about NationsBank with the zeal of a preacher.

"We play to win. We intend to win," he said. Part of his game plan is to make sure that NationsBank is not seen as a giant from Charlotte, but as a friend to the community.

Taylor leads by example, serving on a number of boards in Baltimore and Washington, including the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Greater Baltimore Alliance, where he co-chairs fund raising.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed him to the Maryland Economic Development Commission, and he is chairing the Red Cross CEO Cabinet.

A Florida native and a graduate of Florida State University, Taylor joined NationsBank in 1969, shortly after meeting a person he said had "a vision of the future." That person was Hugh L. McColl, chairman of NationsBank.

Taylor has been a dutiful soldier for McColl, an ex-Marine. Since joining the bank, he has worked in Charlotte; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and Baltimore. Each step has meant bigger challenges and more responsibility.

Taylor came to Baltimore in 1993 after being picked to oversee the acquisition of MNC Financial Inc. Late that year, he was chosen to head NationsBank's operations in Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Taylor lives in Laurelford, in northern Baltimore County, with his wife, Kathy, and their three daughters.

Pub Date: 8/04/96

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