Born in Georgia and raised with his three siblings, Bill learned early on the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance since moving to NE Florida in 1972. He graduated near the top of both his high school and college and was Student Body President for both. He worked full-time to pay his own way through college.
He has always been an entrepreneur, starting his first business by turning an old car wash into a drive-thru convenience store just off the campus of the University of Florida, when he was 18 years old.
After college, He spent the next decade building successful Healthcare Information Technology companies, which allowed him to invest in companies within our communities, as well as volunteering for a variety of charitable causes. In fact, he has hired thousands of employees, paid corporate and state and federal taxes, and knows the hard work and dedication it takes to be both an employee AND an employer, which many people do not know. He believes that every elected official should own their own business as a prerequisite to public office.
Bill served as a St Johns County Commissioner from 2012 - 2016, and, under his leadership, led the initiatives to:
Repeal more than 300 old or obscure laws
Refinance all of the County debt resulting in a savings of over $40 million in interest to the taxpayers, allowing millions to be spent on infrastructure projects
Slowed Growth to a manageable, self-sustaining pace, lowered taxes, voted against a sales tax increase
Created a financing venue for $150 million dollars for SJC public schools, to replace a $250,000.00 per month lease payment for portable structures.