Traylor & Associates Personnel
President & CEOgary@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.
President & CEO
Senior VP & Director of Operationsmark@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.
Senior VP & Director of Operations
VP and Director of Grant Management Servicessherry@grtraylor.com
Since 1993, Sherry has served Gary R. Traylor &amp;amp; Associates, Inc. in various capacities with progressive increases in responsibility. Her duties have included supervision of the Company's bookkeeping, payroll, and tax reporting; as well as Labor Standards compliance and enforcement duties during grant project construction. Sherry began Project Management in August 1999, and has worked with Texas Community Development Program, Texas Capital Fund, TxDOT Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and USDA Rural Development grant/loans administered by the firm. Since 2009, she has acquired grant writing and project development skills; and supervises the environmental review process for Disaster Recovery and CDBG projects. During project construction, Ms. Tarrant has worked with many East Texas contractors on Labor Standards compliance.
Before joining this organization, Mrs. Tarrant was a legal secretary to a Tyler attorney, and has experience in healthcare administration and public relations.
Projects administered include: City of Bridge City, City of Vidor, Galveston County, City of Port Arthur, and Lamar University – Hurricane Ike Disaster Recovery; City of Jeﬀerson Visitors Center/Community Shelter (TxDOT Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program and CDBG Hurricane Rita Disaster Funds); City of Henderson Civic Center/Community Shelter (FEMA HMGP and CDBG Hurricane Rita Disaster Funds); City of Lufkin (CDBG Hurricane Rita Disaster Funds) and (FEMA Flood Plain Acquisition Funds); City of Gilmer Streetscape (TxDOT and TCF Funds); Wood County – Nestle Waters North America / Ozarka Bottling Plant – Electrical Utilities (TCF Funds). Numerous TxCDBG Projects.
VP and Director of Grant Management Services
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.
Cindy joined Traylor &amp;amp; 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.
Kari Beth Smith
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.
Kari Beth Smith
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.
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.
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.
Robin joined Traylor & Associates, Inc. in 2016 with an extensive customer service and accounting background. She has since acquired knowledge and experience in the Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) programs. Robin has participated in the writing of applications for the CDBG program and is currently administering grants for the TxCDBG program, Texas Capital Fund program, and Disaster Recovery program under Texas Department of Agriculture.
As new projects are awarded and assigned, Robin will work directly with our communities to become familiar with the needs they have and what can be done to support those needs in the future.
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 &amp; 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.