Born on November 4, 1976, and raised in Waverly, Iowa, Nick Taiber is the youngest of five children. Nick's parents, Tom and Sue Taiber, lived serving family, business, and community. Values, faith, hard work, and occasional fun formed the fabric of life. Cedar Falls was known as Mom's hometown and the big city, and home of grandparents Gordon and Lue Zurbriggen. As with any child of that time, days were full of school, work, and just a little play.
After graduating with distinction at Waverly-Shell Rock, Nick enrolled in the University of Iowa's College of Engineering. While at University, Nick worked continuously at the Old Capital Museum as a docent and the Iowa Driving Simulator as a researcher. Nick also volunteered for the Student Alumni Association, Campus Planning Committee, Institute of Industrial Engineers, and Hawkeye Engineer. In 1998, Nick began an internship for John Deere in Moline as a process engineer before graduating with engineering honors.
After college, accepted full employment from John Deere and purchased his first home in Rock Island. While at John Deere, Nick assisted in the development of advanced manufacturing technologies spending time in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Finland, and Mexico. Nick continued his education with Flow Vision and JCIT Demand Flow Technology Institute certificates. While in Rock Island, Nick volunteered with the Keystone Neighborhood, the Rock Island Parkway and Intra-city Bicycle Study Task Force, and Rock Island Preservation Commission. He was a Community Leadership College Graduate and recipient of the Rock Island's Volunteer and Activism Award.
In 2004, Nick took a sabbatical from John Deere for courtship and adventure travel. He and his fiance, Molly LaGrange, traveled Central America for several months and were married in Honduras. Following this adventure, Nick made a conscious decision to relocate close to family in the Cedar Valley and began work for CPM/Roskamp of Waterloo as Business Development Manager. In this role, Nick leads merger and acquisition activities and business process improvement. He facilitates diverse groups to support customers and the end-goals of the business. Much of his time is devoted to gathering information, disseminating, developing action plans, and execution.
With his move to Cedar Falls, Nick became closer to his roots and family. He is closer to his parents of Waverly, and his grandparents' spirit lives on in Cedar Falls. He is blessed to share community life with his twin brother, Jon Taiber and family, also of Cedar Falls. And now, his sons, Julian (1/15/2006) and Roman (9/6/2007) Taiber are growing their own roots in the Cedar Valley.
Nick is an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Overman Park Neighborhood Association, and Self Help International (board member). Nick is an avid reader, triathlete (six marathons and Ironman), bicyclist (regular work commuter), and home improver.
On January 2nd, 2010, Nick began serving the citizens of Cedar Falls as its at Large representative. In 2012, he was awarded the 20 Under 40 distinction from the Waterloo Courier for demonstrating distinguished leadership attributes. On January 1st, 2014, Nick began his second term on Cedar Falls Council. From here, we can make it happen, let it happen, or wonder what happened (adapted from John Richardson, Jr.).
Nick Taiber is Experienced
Throughout his life, Nick has sought to be involved and he measures his involvement by accomplishment. Ask Nick about his business development experience, the dozens of foreign countries in which he's worked, the mergers and acquisitions conducted under his guidance, the experience of quadrupling the size of a local and multi-national business. Nick's involved by choice, not convenience. Here's a sample:
- Campus Planning Committee, University of Iowa, 1997-1998
- President, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 1998-1999
- Advertising Manager, Hawkeye Engineer, 1998-1999
- Board Member, Keystone Neighborhood, 2001-2004
- Commissioner, Rock Island Preservation Commission, 2003-2004
- Board Member/Webmaster, KeyStone Neighborhood Association, 2003-2004
- Task Force Member, Rock Island Parkway & Bicycle, 2004
- Graduate, Rock Island Community Leadership College, 2002 & 2003
- Rock Island Volunteer/Activism Award Recipient, 2002
- Task Force Member, Cedar Falls Beautification, 2005
- Waterloo Courier 20 Under 40 Recipient, 2012
- Active member, Overman Park Neighborhood Association, 2005-present
- Active member, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2005-present
- Board Member, Self-Help International, 2009-present
- at Large member, Cedar Falls City Council, 2010-present