Taylor Kirkpatrick

Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Babson Farms Inc., a family office overseeing operating businesses in agriculture and insurance, diverse real estate investments, mineral interests and public and private equity investments. 

Taylor was named to his current position in 2011. In the years since, Babson Farms has been involved in the development of real estate holdings and made direct investments into private equity and alternative investments on behalf of a multi-generational single family with offices in four states. Taylor gained a deep knowledge of financial services working in management and consulting roles at Putnam Investments and New England Funds / CDC-Ixis (now Natixis) in Boston. After a sabbatical in Paris, Taylor repatriated to Denver (his hometown) to pursue work in mergers and acquisitions – first at W.G. Nielsen & Co, where he worked for close to a decade, and later as a founder of St. Vrain Partners, Ltd. As an investment banker in Denver, he closed deals with some of the most recognized middle market companies throughout the Front Range and other parts of the US. 

 

> He was appointed by John Hickenlooper (and reappointed by Michael Hancock) to the Denver Public Library Commission and currently serves as the President of that commission which oversees the policies, governance and $45MM budget for the Denver Public Library System 

> Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE) 

> Serves as President-Elect on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation and Chairs their Mothers’ Milk Bank expansion initiative 

> Serves as incoming President on the Graland Alumni Board 

> Serves as class agent and contact for prospective students for St. Paul’s School (Concord, NH) and Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) 

 

In the past 10 years, he has served as / on: 

> The Vice President and Treasurer (twice) of the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation 

> Director and officer (twice) at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver 

> The Leadership Denver Alumni Association executive council (LD class of 2004) 

> The Board of Colorado Humanities 

> The Board of the Art Students League of Denver 

> The Board of Larimer Arts Association

He has a passion for early childhood education and has been an application reviewer for Greenhouse Scholars for several years. He also volunteered for the DPL Read Aloud program, has been a Daniels Fund scholarship coach and served as a mentor for both the Bridge Project and at Manual High School through Colorado Youth at Risk. He was on the Advisory Council at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship (UC Denver's Business School), an Executive Mentor for the Daniels College of Business, and an instructor and mentor at the Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute. 

Taylor also authored an award-winning children’s book, “Worthwhile.” The story involves a boy and his grandmother that promotes giving and kindness. Taylor still travels to schools and special events to share his story and meet with children about how they can make a worthwhile difference in the world. 

 

Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Middlebury College and an International MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.