Sherry Ratcliffe Taylor is a life-long Cubs fan that loves Frank Sinatra, 90’s music, Disney movies, sand in her toes, everything Chamber, and spending time with her family. Taylor is the President/CEO at the Mason-Deerfield (MADE) Chamber in Mason, Ohio. The MADE Chamber is the advocate for prosperity through unifying and amplifying the communities that make up the economic prowess in Southwest Ohio. The MADE Chamber is committed to being a leader in collaboration, advocacy, and innovation.
Taylor had her first experience defying status quo in order to do what she felt was right at the age of 5 years old in her tumbling class which resulted in her making her first friend. Taylor was the youngest competing gymnast on her team at the age of 7, the lead in the class play at the age of 10, a state track athlete at the age of 11, and a leader in advocacy at the age of 12 when she joined student council and advocated to have her bus route changed to be fair and consistent to all of those riding the bus.
Taylor graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and set her sights on community development, specifically Chamber work, shortly after earning her degree. She accepted the position of Executive Director of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
Taylor’s greatest accomplishments in this role included advocating for and achieving keeping funding in place for the local convention & visitors bureau, advocating for and achieving ordinance changes to provide a more business friendly climate between the public and private sector, and being awarded the Community Champion Award from the Illinois Small Business Development Center.
Taylor joined the Northeast Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce in 2014 as the President/CEO. The organization went through a complete rebranding effort early 2015, and launched the new logo and changed the name to the Mason-Deerfield Chamber, where Taylor serves today. The MADE Chamber is working swiftly to reestablish itself as a credible business organization in the community with a long term and strategic focus for its community and its members. Taylor is committed to the Chamber industry and its success during this evolutionary time period. She was told she would never get the job when she applied to be the Executive Director for the Carbondale Chamber in 2011 because a 27 year old female didn’t meet the typical demographic for the position. Hearing this made her realize she wanted to be a part of an industry that would go through major changes in the coming decades, and she wanted to be a leader in that space. She is active in the efforts of ACCE and has been a member since she joined the Chamber industry in 2011.
Taylor currently serves on the Mason Schools Business Advisory Board, the Warren County Small Business Development Alliance Executive Board, the Trailside Acres HOA Board of Trustees, and The Art Institute of Ohio’s Internship Program Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio, and Mason Kiwanis. Taylor resides in Mason, Ohio with her husband Alex and her daughter Alyssa.