Serving State & Local Governments Since 1974

Our Team

Traylor & Associates Personnel

Gary Traylor

President & CEO
gary@grtraylor.com

Gary R. Traylor is President and CEO of Gary R. Traylor & Associates Inc. Mr. Traylor is a city planner and municipal consultant with specialized experience in the field of funding research, grant procurement, and financial/grant management.

GARY R. TRAYLOR & ASSOCIATES, INC., a Texas corporation, is a firm of governmental consultants and planners serving Texas counties and municipalities in the specialized preparation of applications to agencies of the State and Federal government for project financing, and the administration of projects involving such financing through the provision of professional management and compliance documentation services. The company has operated continuously in these fields since 1974, and is considered the oldest firm of its type in the State of Texas, and one of the largest, having secured over $350 million for its numerous clients.

In addition to its success in securing funding for local governments, Traylor & Associates have been responsible for virtually thousands of employment opportunities empowered by those projects and the economic development they have facilitated. Our daily involvement with the various state and federal agencies provide us with unique insights into their perception of appropriate projects for nomination and their planning for opportunities in the future.

Gary's career has included serving as a financial/grant consultant for over 200 Texas cities and counties with respect to housing, community development, and economic development projects. Mr. Traylor is widely respected for his proven record in the procurement of grants involving competitive selection. He is also the author of several technical manuals concerning neighborhood redevelopment and rehabilitation financing, and is one of a very small number of grant administration professionals whose career includes service under the HUD Small Cities CDBG Program, pre-dating the establishment of the Texas Community Development Program.

Gary is a member and past Board Member of the Tyler Economic Development Council, East Texas Council of Governments Physical Environment Advisory Board, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Chasha, are the parents of three grown children and two grandchildren. They are active members of Green Acres Baptist Church.

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Gary Traylor

Gary Traylor

President & CEO

Mark Taylor

Senior VP & Director of Operations
mark@grtraylor.com

Mark joined the GRT staff in April of 2002. He is a well-versed individual with an experience in building construction, management and social work. Applying those skills, Mr. Taylor has prepared numerous applications and administered construction of homes using HOME Program funds under the Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA). His responsibilities also include working with the City of Temple as Coordinator of the city’s HUD entitlement funded projects. Those duties include regular meetings with city staff and community groups. Mr. Taylor has also coordinated with clients and engineers on TxDOT and TxCDBG project and application preparation.

Mark has extensive experience in building construction, including all phases of residential construction and remodeling work, management, and social service casework. Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mark was self-employed in the construction business in Tyler for twelve years, and employed as a Licensed Social Worker Associate for the State of Texas, assisting elderly and special-needs individuals. During his tenure with the Texas Department of Human Services, Mark also served as a member of the State Policy and Procedure Committee for four years, representing the East Texas Region, comprised of 23 counties. He has also managed customer service and inside sales for an East Texas manufacturing facility.

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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Senior VP & Director of Operations

Wanda Vance

Vice President & Project Manager
wanda@grtraylor.com

Wanda brings to Gary Traylor & Associates diverse experience, which includes Engineering Manager for a communications company where she oversaw multiple construction projects as well as managed all purchasing activities for the entire company. Ms. Vance has since invested thirteen (13) years developing application writing and project management skills.

She has also been an Administrative Assistant where she acted as liaison with fifteen offices over several states and assisted in management of these offices. Additionally, Wanda was Office Manager for a construction company where she coordinated with subcontractors and architects; as well as for a development, construction, and management company, which handled apartment property. Wanda has also worked in financial management in the sale of lake and timeshare property. Other experience is with the Smith County Clerk’s Office where she took minutes for Commissioner’s Court and assisted customer’s needs.

Projects administered include: City of Center - Civic Center/Community Shelter (FEMA HMGP and TDA Hurricane Rita Disaster Funds), Holiday Inn Express (TCF Funds), Low Income Housing Project (Housing Infrastructure Fund); Cities of Gladewater, Mount Vernon, Overton, Lindale, Center, Jacksonville, Marlin, Troup, and Canton - Main Street Improvements (TCF Funds); City of Pittsburg – East Texas Medical Center – Infrastructure (TCF Funds); City of Gilmer – Lake Gilmer Dam Project (FEMA HMGP and TxCDBG Funds), Duoline Technologies (TCF Funds); City of Bridgeport - T-TOP Manufacturing and US Ply (TCF Funds); City of Mineola - Autumn Winds (TCF Funds); Cities of Ennis, New Boston, and Palestine and Medina County - Infrastructure (TCF Funds). Numerous TxCDBG Projects.

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Wanda Vance

Wanda Vance

Vice President & Project Manager

Melinda Smith

Vice President & Project Manager
melinda@grtraylor.com

Melinda joined Traylor & Associates in August 2017. She has been dedicated to serving the
communities of Texas as a Project Manager since 2011. Recognizing the importance of ensuring
that local governments are provided with the knowledge and resources necessary to comply
with federal, state and local regulations, she assists communities throughout every step of the
grant process from application to close-out.

A lifelong resident of East Texas, Mrs. Smith understands the challenges faced by small and
rural communities as they seek to provide improved quality of life for residents. She has successfully
managed a variety of projects funded throughout the Texas Department of Agriculture
(TDA), including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Small Towns
Environment Program (STEP), Disaster Relief Fund (CDBG-DR), Community Enhancement
Fund (CEF), and Texas Capital Fund Downtown Revitalization (TCF-DR) program. She has
also administered projects funded through the Texas Department of Transportation’s Statewide
Transportation Enhancement and County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone programs,
as well as projects funded throughout the General Land Off fi ce’s Disaster Recovery Program.

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Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith

Vice President & Project Manager

Jill Hooks

Vice President & Gulf Coast Project Manager
jill@grtraylor.com

Jill joined this firm in November 2007, and coordinated the HOME funded Owner Occupied activities with County Judges in four counties.  She worked with potential and approved homeowners, title companies, appraisers and construction contractors to complete these projects.

In 2009, Jill began working with Disaster Recovery Program Non-housing grantees in the DETCOG and SETRPC regions. Focusing on Labor Standards, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Section 3 Reporting, she has also assisted with application preparation, as well as documentation for monitoring review of grant files.

Jill's background includes 16 years of experience operating a family-owned business.  Her responsibilities included financial oversight and personnel management.  A portion of business was construction saw mills; which provided her with experience in the construction field.

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Jill Hooks

Jill Hooks

Vice President & Gulf Coast Project Manager

Stacy Schaff

PROJECT MANAGER
STACY@GRTRAYLOR.COM

Stacy joined the firm of Traylor & Associates in 2016 and has since acquired knowledge and experience in the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) program. He has participated in the writing of applications for the CDBG program and is currently administering TxCDBG and Disaster Recovery projects under the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Prior to joining Traylor & Associates, Mr. Schaff was self-employed in the oil & gas industry as an exploration analyst and lease consultant following a 20 year career in the funeral industry.

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Stacy Schaff

Stacy Schaff

PROJECT MANAGER

Cindy Gutierrez

Project Manager
cindy@grtraylor.com

Cindy joined Traylor & Associates in February 2005 as an administrative assistant. In 2009 she gained increased responsibility by accepting a project management position with the firm.

Since accepting this position, Cindy has expanded her knowledge of grant administration outside of the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program, which includes, Texas Capital Fund, and Economic Development Administration.  She is also assisting Mr. Traylor in the administration of grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the Texas State Railroad Authority in the amount of $10,000,000.

Before joining the firm, Cindy had small business ownership experience, including financial and management aspects.  She also had previous medical records experience in a Tyler hospital, acquireing documentation and computer skills.

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Cindy Gutierrez

Cindy Gutierrez

Project Manager

Kari Beth Smith

Compliance Coordinator
karibeth@grtraylor.com

Kari Beth joined this firm in January 2000 as an Administrative Assistant with an extensive customer service and financial background.  Since that time, she has overseen application preparation and contract preparation for Grant Administration and Engineering Service Providers for Community Development Block Grant projects.  She also has experience in the Davis-Bacon Labor Enforcement requirements of project administration, as well as financial accounting systems and preparation of drawdown requests.

Kari Beth has principle responsibility for hundreds of Environmental Review Records, including documentation and clearance of all TxCDBG projects for Texas Department of Agriculture and Disaster Recovery projects under the Texas General Land Office.  She has also worked directly with client companies for employee certification reporting involved in Texas Capital Fund economic development grants. In 2016, Kari Beth began assisting Mr. Traylor in the administration of a grant of the Texas Department of Transportation for the Texas State Railroad Authority in the amount $10,000,000.

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Kari Beth Smith

Kari Beth Smith

Compliance Coordinator

Christel Kiker

Home Administrative Assistant
christel@grtraylor.com

Christel joined the firm in July 2012 as an Administrative Assistant in the HOME Program. She has an extensive customer service and retail management background. She worked for Hastings Entertainment, a book, music, and video store for 15 years. She managed stores in Hobbs, NM and Tyler, TX.

As HOME Administrative Assistant, Christel coordinates with representatives in the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, city or county personnel, and homeowners in Owner Occupied projects funded under the HOME Program. Responsibilities under this pro-gram include homeowner income verification and documentation, environmental clearance and financial reporting. Christel also conducts homeowner applicant meetings, prepares construction bid packets and conducts bid openings, while coordinating construction projects.

During the past year and a half, Christel has acquired knowledge and experience in the area of labor enforcement for Texas Community Development Block Grant programs. In this capacity, she issues and confirms Davis Bacon Wage Rates, reviews contractor payrolls for compliance, and reports all violations accordingly. She also has experience in preparation of Environmental Review Records associated with the Texas Community Development program grants.

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Christel Kiker

Christel Kiker

Home Administrative Assistant

Beth Eddings

Administrative Assistant
beth@grtraylor.com

Beth joined the fi rm in 2017 after dedicating several years of service to the offi ce management
of a religious organization and the health information management fi eld. She has quickly adapted
the skills learned through these experiences to become adept at the research, gathering
of documentation and fi nancial records, and high level of customer care necessary to ensure
accurate recordkeeping in compliance with federal regulations.

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Beth Eddings

Beth Eddings

Administrative Assistant

Keith Tijerina

IT COORDINATOR
keith_tijerina@grtraylor.com

Keith joined this firm in April 2015. He originally owned his own computer repair business for five (5) years before coming to work for Traylor & Associates, Inc. He has gained a great deal of knowledge of computer repair and maintenance, website design, and network administration through technical training and self-gathered knowledge. While owning his business, he was awarded the “Locals Love Us” award for web design as well as maintaining an A+ rating under the Better Business Bureau.

Keith is responsible for ensuring that our computer network runs as efficiently as it can, as well as answering those random computer questions as they arise. He has helped us make promising changes to how we communicate and distribute information around the office and our clients.

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Keith Tijerina

Keith Tijerina

IT COORDINATOR