Kent Guinn assumed the office of Mayor in December 2011 after serving the City of Ocala for 12 years as the Councilman representing District 4.
Mayor Guinn is in the financial services business and is a representative of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America as well as owner of the firm Guinn & Company.
For the past 25 years he has served on the Board of the Children’s Home Society Mid-Florida Division which covers 18 counties and has been President for three two-year terms during this time. He is also on the CHS State Board of Directors for the past 19 years. CHS is a 112 year old organization that is the largest private not for profit child welfare agency in the State of Florida. Mayor Guinn was adopted through CHS.
He is a current member of the following Boards: Appleton Museum of Art Advisory Board, Mission Advancement Board for the Centers, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Florida Advisory Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and he serves on the Criminal of Justice and International Affairs Committee.
His past memberships and affiliations include: Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority Board; Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce Board (3 years); Ocala Marion County EDC (3 years); Fort King Heritage Board; Community Council Against Substance Abuse (CCASA); President of the Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (twice); National League of Cities Committee for Municipalities in Transition (4 years); Arbitrator for Juvenile Alternative Services Program; Marion County Tourist Development Commission; President of Local Coordinating Board of Transportation for Disadvantaged; Success by Six Leadership Committee.
He has completed Leadership Florida for Elected Officials. He has also testified in front of numerous House and Senate Committees in the Florida legislature.
Recently Mayor Guinn was awarded the Dave Thomas Child Advocate Award by the Mid-Florida Division for his service to children in his division.
Mayor Guinn is a 5th generation Ocalan. His family has been in Ocala since 1850. He and his wife Sandra have been married for 35 years and have two sons.