Simon Taylor

Executive Vice President / WGM Associates, LLC

Founded in 2011, WGM Associates LLC is an Arizona-based provider of managed IT infrastructure and cyber-security services, regulatory compliance and IT/security governance consulting, and digital forensics investigative services for local SMBs, large enterprises, non-profits and government organizations. I joined WGM in February this year after spending the previous two years helping a UK-based cyber-security start-up called Glasswall Solutions establish themselves in the US. WGM was a technology partner of ours and I really liked the team and their expert, customer-centric approach to managed services. When I became available and their CEO Chuck Matthews asked me to consider coming on-board, I jumped at the chance of being part of such a great team.

I am a Brit who grew up in the north of England near Manchester and Leeds. I attended Newcastle University where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Microelectronics. After beginning my career in technology companies in Manchester then London, I moved to Hong Kong in 1993 for two years, which turned into seven! This started an international career that has taken me all over the world. As well as Asia, I spent eight years in the US (Phoenix and Chicago), before moving to Mexico City for two years, followed by a four-year assignment in Europe, then back to the US for a year in Miami, and finally returning to my adopted home in Phoenix in the summer of 2015. Most of my international career has been with global banking giant, HSBC, where I was responsible for much of their Information Technology and was latterly Executive Vice President and Head of IT Operations for the Americas.

Lesley and I have been married for 29 years, and although we were not fortunate in having our own children, have plenty of nieces and nephews to keep us busy! We also have our dog, Frida, who we rescued from a cave in Mexico City along with eight of her siblings – all of whom were re-homed through the animal rescue organization we started while living there! Lesley and I also co-founded a successful animal rescue charity here in Phoenix when we first lived here – Paw Placement – that is still going strong today. I have been a lifelong musician (guitar-vocalist) and have played in many bands over the years. Upon returning to Phoenix, I was thrilled to join a successful Eric Clapton tribute band here in the Valley – Slowhand – that plays all around the State. Come and see us some time!

I was introduced to AzBL through a good friend of WGM, and to us all, Jeff Bucher. I attended my first dinner event as a guest of Rob Gramhill and was impressed by the caliber of the membership and the speakers the organization is able to attract. I am delighted to have joined AzBL and look forward to being an active member of the group and contributing to its continuing success.