John A. Taylor is the COO of Zodega-TIS, an outdoor living design-build firm, based in Houston. He became the first Texas irrigation designer, and only the fifth in the nation, to win the EPA's Partner of the Year Award in 2013 for his efforts in water conservation and water management. Mr. Taylor lectures on water conservation across the state of Texas. His 2014 lecture series, "Water Conservation Through Smart Irrigation Technology," began on February 27, 2014 as the keynote speaker for the Waterwise Professional Seminar in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and ended on February 5, 2015 as the keynote speaker at the Irrigation Expo in Dallas. John was a featured panelist for the EPA's webinar series, "Bringing Water to Life" in 2015 and he sits on the Texas Irrigation Association (TXIA) board representing the Houston market, currently holding the position of treasurer. He was on the cover of the July 2016 issue of Lawn & Landscape magazine for national smart irrigation month.