Co-Founders

Joe Maynard

Self-made “Arkansas small business owner,” Joe was born and grew up in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Upon graduation from NorthsideHigh School, he was awarded a full college scholarship for physics.  Instead of completing college, at 19 he started an electronics repair shop in Sapulpa, OK with his oldest brother but eventually moved to Fayetteville, AR to work in concrete construction and electronics.

After developing a patent for a construction tool with a friend, this introduction to the machining industry caused Joe to start Maynard, Inc at the age of 24. That same year, 1982, he married his wife, Kim.  Over 30 years he has grown Maynard, Inc from an electronics repair and installation company to a company with a national reputation for producing high quality parts in both the commercial and aerospace industry.

After Maynard, Inc began OEM parts manufacturing, in 1992 Joe started his second company, Word Machinery, Inc., which builds and assembles machines.  Under Joe’s direction, these companies eventually developed their own manufacturing software (Ability 585) for internal use.  Ability LLC became a third and separate company in 2009, created to finish and market ERP manufacturing software as a product.

Joe and Kim have three children and two grandchildren.  His son, James, joined his business in 2002.  Joe opened a new division for specialty manufacturing in Wichita, KS—the home of the aerospace industry, in 2007.  By 2008, Joe had grown his companies to over 150 employees.  Perhaps a bi-product of the downturn in the economy in 2008 and a multitude of other reasons, Joe became interested in the political process, especially since he could then so clearly see its potential for negative effects on his family, as well as his business interests.

 

Brenda Vassaur Taylor, JD, LLM

Brenda has practiced law in the areas of estate, business, and tax planning for more than 30 years.  She received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and completed her Masters in Law in the area of Taxation from Southern Methodist University.  Prior to law school, Brenda received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Baylor University.  She has also passed the CPA exam.

Due to her background and work experience, Brenda has also gained significant experience in trust, agricultural, and real estate law and has developed her current practices accordingly.  (She grew up a cotton farmer’s daughter, and her husband was a rice farmer–all in Jefferson County, Arkansas.)  She is founder of a business strategies organization, Private Client Services Group LLC, which works with its clients to coordinate the use of specific areas of professional services:  law, tax, accounting, land investment and management, and financial services.   In addition to her law firm and PCSG, she is the principal founder and owner of two additional companies—Accounting Strategies, LLC and Farm-Land Strategies, LLC.

When not working, Brenda stays involved with her family –even though all four children are now professionals in their own right–each working within her company structures:  two attorneys, a professional farm manager, and the youngest expecting certification as a CPA within a few months.

Widowed after a 30 year marriage to Joe Taylor, Brenda is blessed with two grandchildren and a wonderful daughter-in-law.  She continues to be involved in providing pro bono legal service to various civic and non-profit councils and boards.

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