Austin S. “Bo” Taylor is Senior Vice President of the Central Region and Operational Transformation for Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. He is responsible for 23 franchised Coca-Cola territories operating in four states and leads critical operational and “go to market” initiatives that are part of UNITED’s long-term strategic plan.
A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Bo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and was a pitcher for the Gamecocks baseball program.
Taylor began his career in 1985 with the Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company (Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., or CCE) as a Relief Trainee and later advanced into several management positions. In 1990, he joined Coca-Cola UNITED as the Sales Center Manager in Brunswick, Georgia. From 1992 to 1999, he served as the Savannah Sales Center Manager, WBSS Manager and Coastal Division Manager. In 1999, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, as the Birmingham Division Vice President. In 2014, Bo was appointed Vice President of the Central Region and played an instrumental role in UNITED’s refranchising efforts.
Active in the community, he has served on numerous boards during his career, including the Hoover Athletic Association, Hoover Youth Sports Council and Metro Baseball Inc. Bo currently sits on the Alabama Beverage Association Board of Directors and serves as Secretary of the Alabama Grocers Association.
Bo and his wife Jana are members of the Church of the Highlands. They have three sons, Alec, Sean and Austin.