Florida Association of Property Appraisers, Inc.
We Put Florida First

About Us

Service. Experience. Diligence.

Who We Are

The Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA) is a statewide professional organization comprised of locally elected, constitutionally authorized property appraisers. FAPA member counties represent over 80% of the total taxable real estate value and population in the state of Florida. The duties of the property appraiser in administering local ad valorem tax valuations are defined in Florida Statutes. FAPA, in their professional meetings and seminars, provides continuing education and legislative updates to its members on a regular basis in an effort to maintain the highest professional standards in the real estate assessment industry.

FAPA's high professional standards and strong professional working relationships with other constitionally elected officers associations, the Florida Department of Revenue, the Florida Association of Counties, and the Florida League of Cities make FAPA the leading property appraiser association in Florida.

 

Our Mission

  • Promote fair and equitable assessments of property within and between counties in the state of Florida.

  • Actively work with the Florida Legislature by providing technical assistance and advice in drafting ad valorem legislation affecting the office of county property appraisers as well as citizens of the state of Florida.

About this Site

The information contained in this site is intended to serve the needs of current and prospective members of the Florida Association of Property Appraisers. This site serves as a forum to inform property appraisers on important current property tax issues, plan for future meetings with FAPA members and other property tax professionals, and promote the use of this organization as a tool to make property tax a high priority consideration in related legislation. 

 
 

FAPA Officers

 
 

President

Larry Bartlett, J. D., CFA

DeLand, Florida

Larry Bartlett was elected Volusia County Property Appraiser in 2016.

Mr. Bartlett has lived in the Volusia County area since 1970 and played football for Seabreeze High School, graduating in1972.  He went on to obtain his B.A. and law degree from the University of Florida and remains a devoted fan of the Fighting Gators.  

Returning home from Gainesville in 1979, Mr. Bartlett practiced real estate law in Daytona Beach for 36 years.  In 1984, he joined the firm of Black, Crotty, and Sims, and in 1999 he opened the firm of Crotty & Bartlett, P.A. with his wife Kathleen Crotty and brother-in-law Michael Crotty.

Mr. Bartlett married Kathy Crotty in 1997.  They live in Ormond Beach, and have two daughters.  Their first grandchild, Claire, was born on November 14, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

Contact Information

Volusia County Property Appraiser's office
123 W. Indiana Avenue, Room 102 
DeLand, FL 32720-4270 

(904) 736-5901 
(904) 822-5717 

Email: vcpa@volusia.org

Web: http://volusia.org/property/

 
 
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President ELECT

Charlie Hackney, CFA

Manatee, Florida

EDUCATION

Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida - B.S. 1977, Major: Real Estate

MILITARY SERVICE

United States Air Force, 1968-72, Honorably Discharged - Rank: Staff Sgt.

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

Manatee County Appraiser, 1992-Present

Owner/Developer Hackney Storage Spaces, Manatee County, FL, 1973-Present

Owner, Chas E. Hackney & Assoc. Real Estate Appraisers, 1985-92

Real Estate Appraiser, James M. Doss & Assoc., Bradenton, FL 1979-85

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS/DESIGNATIONS

Florida Association of Property Appraisers, President 1998-99

Certified Florida Appraiser, Florida Department of Revenue, 1995

SRA Member, Appraisal Institute, 1985

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, 1992- Present

President 1998-99

Board of Directors 1995-96

Foundation for Manatee Community College, 1993- Present

President 1995-96

Boys & Girls Club of Manatee

Board of Directors 2001-2003

Manatee Community College Board of Trustees

1982- 91

Hernando de Soto

1986

Manatee FSU Seminole Boosters

President, 1984

Bradenton Jaycees

1978- 82

Contact Information

Web: http://www.manateepao.com/dnn

 
 
 
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Treasurer

Carey Baker, CFA

Lake, Florida

Carey Baker is a Lake County native having been born in Eustis, Florida. He is a graduate of Tavares High School and attended Lake-Sumter State College.

At the age of 18, Carey joined the family business; The A.W. Peterson Gun Shop. The A.W. Peterson Gun Shop in Mount Dora is the oldest gun shop in the United States having been established in 1886. Carey’s father, Leighton Baker, moved the gun shop from Denver, Colorado to Mount Dora in 1953.

Carey joined the Army National Guard while still in high school. He retired from the guard in 2013 having served over 31 years and having attained the rank of First Sergeant. In 2003, while a Member of the Florida House of Representatives, Baker was deployed to combat Infantry missions in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was the first state or federal elected official to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom while holding office. He is a graduate of numerous military courses/schools including the U.S. Army Jungle Operation School and the U.S. Army Pathfinder School.

Carey successfully ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 and was reelected to the House in 2002. In 2004, he won a special election for the 20th district seat in the Florida Senate and was subsequently reelected. While serving in the Florida Senate he served as Chairman of both the Senate Transportation Committee and the Senate General Government Appropriation Committee. During his legislative tenure, Carey worked with elected Property Appraiser’s across the state on several property appraiser measures and was instrumental in their passage.

In 2012, Carey was elected to the position of Property Appraiser for Lake County, Florida. Since being elected, he has strived to increase services his office provides to the property owners of Lake County and to all the consumers of property data from his agency’s website. In 2015, his agency was selected from assessment agencies worldwide and awarded the prestigious Public Information Program Award from the International Association of Assessing Officers. The award was presented to Baker’s office for their extremely successful and easy-to-use Homestead eFile program and for their success in presenting complicated exemption information in a clear, transparent, and easily understood manner to the user. Since receiving this recognition, Carey’s office has assisted several other Florida counties in the development of their own homestead eFile program. Carey is also extremely active with the Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA); serving in several leadership roles.

Carey resides with his wife Lori and their three children in Eustis, Florida.

Additional Information

Chief Deputy
Michael W. Prestridge, CCF, CFE 
(352) 253-2153

Contact Information

Lake County Property Appraiser's office
320 W. Main Street, Suite A
Tavares, FL 32778 

Office: (352) 253-2150
Fax: (352) 253-2155 
Email: ehavill@lcpafl.org

Website: http://www.lapcfl.org

Email: cbaker@lcpafl.org

Web: http://www.lcpafl.org

 
 
 
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Secretary

Reginald Cunningham

Gadsen, Florida

 Reginald Cunningham is currently the Gadsden County Property Appraiser where he is charged with placing a fair and equitable market value on every parcel of property both real estate and tangible in our county.  Many people believe the Property Appraiser determines the amount of taxes a property owner will pay but this is not the case. The job of property appraiser is to value property for tax purposes; the taxing authorities (Board of County Commissioners, School Board, City Council) set the tax rate for all property and therefore the amount of taxes to be assessed. 

Previously, Mr. Cunningham was the Behavior Specialist, Athletic Director & Basketball Coach at East Gadsden High;

For several years, Mr. Cunningham was the coordinator of Juvenile Services with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, which he was responsible for creating and administering youth defender diversion program options;

Mr. Cunningham was also the Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Quincy;

Mr. Cunningham has always had an entrepreneur spirit, which he has owned a transportation company, restaurant and property management company;

Mr. Cunningham has worked for the Florida Legislature as a Legislative Assistant.

He has also served as Marketing Director for Candy Publishing, LLC.

He was born and raised in Gadsden County, Florida and earned a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Bethune-Cookman University.

While at Bethune-Cookman University Mr. Cunningham lead the NCAA in scoring during his senior season;

Mr. Cunningham was also the Florida Marketing Student of the Year as a senior;

 
 
 

Im. Past President

Pedro J. Garcia, CFA

Miami, Florida

Pedro J. Garcia was elected as Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser in 2008. He was the first elected Property Appraiser in Miami-Dade County in more than five decades. He was subsequently re-elected to office in 2014 and was unopposed in the 2016 elections. 

Mr. Garcia has worked in the Florida real estate industry since 1970.  He is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and owned a real estate brokerage firm for over forty years.  Prior to being elected as Property Appraiser, he served as Special Magistrate with the Miami-Dade County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) for ten years.

He is a member of several prestigious professional organizations including the Miami Association of Realtors, the National Association of Property Appraisers, and the Florida Association of Property Appraisers, where he currently serves as President. He has also served as president of both the Hispanic American Certified Appraisers and the National Association of Master Appraisers.

Mr. Garcia is committed to ensuring fairness and equitable assessments for all property owners. As one of his top priorities, he continues to aggressively pursue and investigate Homestead Exemption Fraud. 

Mr. Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba, where he attended the Havana Business University for two years. Mr. Garcia and his family have resided in Miami, Florida since 1962. He is a Veteran of the US Army, and a member of the American Legion Post. In his spare time, Mr. Garcia enjoys golf and fishing.   

He and his wife Amalia have been married since 1959. They have been blessed with four daughters, thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Contact Information

Main Office
The Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1 ST
Suite 710 
Miami, Florida 33128-1984

305-375-4712

South Dade Office
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street
Suite 207
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

305-375-4070

Email: MDCPA@miamidade.gov

Web: http://www.miami-dade.gov/pa

Additional Information

Mailing Addresses for Property Appraiser's Office
Homestead Exemptions
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
PO BOX 01-3140
Miami, FL 33101

Tangible Personal Property Exemptions
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
Tangible Personal Property Extension Section
PO BOX 45-4400
Miami, FL 33245-4400

VAB Petition Documentation
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
PO BOX 01-2840
Miami, FL 33101-2840

Most Other Forms
Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1ST ST STE 710
Miami, FL 33128-1984

 
 
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Sergeant at Arms

Villie Smith, CFA, ASA

Marion, Florida

Marion County Property Appraiser Villie M. Smith, was first elected to  this constitutional office in 1996 and reelected in 2000, 2004 and again in 2008. 

Prior to his election as Property Appraiser, Smith was the Assistant Property Appraiser from 1981 - 1996, Deputy from 1975-1980. He has over 30 years of experience in mass appraisal and assessment administration. 

Smith is a graduate of Santa Fe Community College and attended the University of Florida. He is a sixth-generation Marion County resident. His father was the Property Appraiser of Alachua County from 1963-1980.

Past President  (2002-2003) 
Florida Association of Property Appraisers                                            

Past President (1989-1990)
Florida Chapter of IAAO

Senior Member
American Society of Appraisers

Member
International Association of Assessing Officers

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Mike McVey, CFE 
Assistant Property Appraiser
(352) 368-8600 

Lainie Claudio, CFE 
Director of Administrative Operations 
(352) 368-8335 

Cindy Finger-Sparrow, CFE 
Director of Finance 
(352) 368-8332 

Kimberly Delano, CFE 
Director of Tangible Personal Property
(352) 368-8369 

James Cowan, CFE 
Director of Field Operations Real Property 
(352) 368-8378 

Donna Minchew, CFE 
Director of Assessments 
(352) 368-8383 

Becky Gordon, CFE 
Director of Ownership and Roll Quality
(352) 368-8334 

Robin Reaves, CFE 
Director of Customer Service 
(352) 368-8301 


Contact Information

Villie M. Smith CFA, ASA. P.O. Box 486Ocala, FL, USA 34478-0486

Office Location:501 S.E. 25th AvenueOcala, Florida, USA 34471

Phone: (352)368-8300

Fax: (352)368-8336

Emailmcpa@pa.marion.fl.us

Web: http://www.pa.marion.fl.us

 
 

 

Board of Directors

 
 

District #1

A. Michael Hickox, C.F.A., Cert. Res. RD1941

Nassau County, Florida

Mike is a native of Nassau County, who prior to being elected, spent the 35 years as a State Certified Appraiser and Real Estate Broker.  State Certified in 1992, he personally appraised over 10,000 properties throughout Nassau County during his 20 years as a fee appraiser.  Since certification in 1992, Mike has taken over 50 appraisal courses for continuing education and professional development.

Past President of the Florida Association of Property Appraiser's.

Director for the Nassau County Economic Development Board.

Director for the Nassau County Education Foundation.

Past District Vice President of Florida Association of Realtors.

Past President of local Association of Realtors, where under his leadership the board won two distinguished awards “The Florida Association of Realtors Board Achievement Award” and the “George Linville Education Award”.

Past President of the Nassau County Multiple Listing Service.

Past Chairman of Professional Standards Committee where he Chaired Arbitration and Mediation Hearings for the local Association of Realtors which kept disputes out of the court system.

Past Director Florida Association of Realtors, local Association of Realtors, Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Club

Real Estate and Appraisal Instructor for the local Association of Realtors for over 20 years.

Mike is committed to providing fair and equitable assessments and to being open and transparent while serving the citizens of Nassau County.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address
96135 Nassau Place
Suite #4
Yulee, FL 32097
Phone: (904)-491-7300
Toll Free: 1-888-615-4398
Fax: (904)-491-3629

James S. Page Governmental Complex
96135 Nassau Place, Suite #4, Yulee, FL 32097
Hours: 8:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday

Historical Courthouse
416 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 Monday - Friday 

Callahan County Building
45401 Mickler Street, Callahan, FL 32011

Email: mhickox@nassauflpa.com 

Web: http://www.nassauflpa.com

Additional Information

Kevin Lilly, C.F.E., A.S.A
Chief Deputy
904-491-7302
klilly@nassauflpa.com

Donna Chandler
Budget & Finance Officer
904-491-7305
dchandler@nassauflpa.com

Patty Fentriss, Cert. Gen. RZ2584
Senior Commercial Appraiser
904-491-7314
pfentriss@nassauflpa.com

Doug Jordi, C.F.E.
Residential Supervisor
904-491-7312
djordi@nassauflpa.com

Jamie Vendola, C.F.E
TPP Coordinator
904-491-7317
jvendola@nassauflpa.com

Mike Cataldo, C.F.E.
Valuation Administrator
904-491-7307
mcataldo@nassauflpa.com

Justin Taylor, C.F.E.
Public Information Officer
904-491-7304
jtaylor@nassauflpa.com

Judy Tiner
Exemption / HCH Supervisor
904-491-7306
jtiner@nassauflpa.com

Janet Gill
Save Our Homes/ Appraisal Clerk II
904-491-7300 Ext. 7335
jgill@nassauflpa.com

Jason Gregory
GIS Director
904-491-7316
jgregory@nassauflpa.com

Mike Lundquist, C.F.E., C.C.F., M.C.F.
GIS Mapping / Deed Specialist
904-491-7300 Ext. 7339
mlundquist@nassauflpa.com

Jacqueline Wagner, Cert. Res. RD6940
Condo Specialist
904-491-7300 Ext: 7340
jwagner@nassauflpa.com

Kisha Smith, C.F.E.
Data Information Manager
904-491-7300 Ext. 7341
ksmith@nassauflpa.com

Deborah Bradley
Exemption Specialist
904-491-7300 Ext. 7342
dbradley@nassauflpa.com

Claudia Kaminski
Imaging Specialist
904-491-7300 Ext. 7330
ckaminski@nassauflpa.com

 
 
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District #2

Ed Crapo, CFA, ASA, AAS

Micanopy, Florida

Mr. Crapo has over forty years of real estate, appraisal, mass appraisal, geographic information systems, cadastre and property tax administration experience. He was elected to the position of Alachua County Property Appraiser in 1980 and has continuously served in that position to today. Under his leadership, this office has successfully transitioned from an analog, paper and file cabinet, operation to a highly sophisticated digital operation. He has consulted with other governments in the U.S. and abroad and established a solid reputation as a leader and manager. Mr. Crapo is highly skilled in analyzing problems, establishing and fostering functional organizational units and developing, and implementing solutions for increased business effectiveness.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, 1970, Hobart College, Geneva, New York

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

1981- Present - Alachua County Property Appraiser

As Property Appraiser, Mr. Crapo is responsible for the valuation, assessment and administration of Alachua County’s roughly 105,000 real property parcels and 13,000 tangible personal property parcels. During his tenure, the tax rolls have increased from $1.5 billion to over $23 billion. He annually prepares and administers a $5 million operational budget and a staff of 55. He implemented and administers a successful Geographic Information System (GIS) for Alachua County and initiated and supervised a Total Quality Management Program, which was awarded the Northeast Region Sterling Team Showcase competition in 1995.

He has served as a consultant on Property Tax Administration and Policy, Geographic Information Systems, Cadastre Management and Quality Management in Government to Washington, DC; Anchorage, Alaska; US Virgin Islands; Coventry, Rhode Island; Newport News, Suffolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, and York Counties in Virginia; Nassau County, New York; and Poland. He is a nationally recognized presenter at seminars across the US for over twenty years, as well as in Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Poland and the United Kingdom.

He is a Managing Partner in TEAM Consulting, LLC, and a Senior Consultant with Kenneth Voss & Associates.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Alfred A Ring Distinguished Speaker, Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida;

Reviewer for IAAO Standard on Ratio Standards; 

“Managing People and Data” – GIS/CAMA;

“Profiling” – IAAO;

“Appraising for Ad Valorem” – ASA;

“The Keys to Success” and “Evolution of Property Taxes – Pathway to Success” – International Property Tax Institute; 

“Integrating Map Maintenance and Business Processes in Local Government” – ESRI; 

“Overview of Where and How the Property Appraiser’s Office Fits in the Big Picture” – FIAAO;

“Quality Management” – Assessment Journal;

“GIS” – URISA/IAAO;

“Quality Management” – MJC;

“Value Adjustment Boards” – FCIAAO;

“Tools of Quality” – IAAO; and

“Reinventing Ourselves, Industrial Engineering for Assessment Operations” – Assessment Journal

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

International Association of Assessing Officers 

President, 2000-2001

Executive Committee, 1998-2002

Executive Board, 1994-1996

Planning and Rules Committee, 2007 - 2010

Chaired and served on many committees over the past 20 years

Centre for Advanced Property Economics

Member of the Board Regents, 2002 - 2008

Florida Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations

Member, 1991-1995

North American Appraisal Alliance Task Force 

Member, 2001-2002

Florida Association of Property Appraisers

President, 1991-1992

Chair and served on numerous committees over the past 30 years

North Central Florida Chapter of American Society of Appraisers

President, 1993-1995, 2005-2008

ACCREDITATIONS  

Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) – Florida Department of Revenue

Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) – American Society of Appraisers

Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS) – International Association of Assessing Officers

Fellow – International Association of Assessing Officers

HONORS

Builders Association of North Central Florida, Good Government Award – 2004

International Association of Assessing Officers, Excellence in Assessment Administration - 2004

Florida Association of Property Appraisers, Herb Lockey Award – 1993 & 1999

Alachua County Democratic Party, Harry S. Truman Award – 1998

U.S. Congressional Record Recognition – 2000

ESRI, award for making a significant difference – 2002

Alachua County/Gainesville League of Women Voters, Elected Official of the Year – 2003

International Association of Assessing Officers, Clifford B. Allen Award – 2011

International Association of Assessing Officers – Professional Development Lifetime Achievement Award – 2017

Additional Information

Assistant Property Appraiser
Pam Oliver CFE
(352)338-3258 
Executive Director of Administrative 
Colleen Keene, CFE, ASA
(352) 338-3264
Administration
Teri Conti 
(352) 338-3204
Real Property Appraisal
Terry Jewell, CFE
(353)338-3263
Tangible Property Appraisal 
Brenda Fisher, PPS
(352) 338-3269 
Executive Director of Cadastre, GIS & Information Technology
Bob Bates, CFE, CCF, MCF
(352) 338-3260 
Appraisal Services
Dan Marvel, CFE
(352) 338-3265

Contact Information

12 S. E. 1st Street, Suite 213
Gainesville,  FL  32601
(352) 338-3204 
FAX: (352) 374-5278 

Email: edcrapo@acpafl.org

Web: http://www.acpafl.org/

 
 
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District #3

Marty Kiar

Broward, Florida

Marty, a lifelong Broward County resident, was born at Plantation General Hospital in 1977. Marty grew up in Broward County and graduated from Western High School, which is located in the Town of Davie. Marty earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he was a member of the baseball team. Marty then pursued a law degree from Nova Southeastern University where he was a member of the NSU Law Review. Marty graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2002.

After graduating from law school, Marty was appointed to and served his community on the Town of Davie School Advisory Board, the Town of Davie Airport Advisory Board and the Broward County Housing and Finance Authority. Marty also worked as the Assistant Town Attorney and Assistant Municipal Prosecutor for the Town of Davie.

In 2006, Marty was elected to serve in the Florida House of Representatives. He was re-elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and in 2010. In 2012, Marty was elected to the Broward County Commission representing District 1 where he served two years as a Commissioner, one year as Vice Mayor and one year as Mayor. Marty was elected as the Broward County Property Appraiser and took office on January 3, 2016.   

In 2005, Marty married his wife Kelly. Kelly is a University of Florida graduate and is currently a primary school teacher.  Together, Marty and Kelly have two daughters, Brianne and Camryn, a dog named Cooper and a cat named Rocky.  

Contact Information

Office of Marty Kiar, Broward County Property Appraiser
Broward Governmental Center
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 111
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone (954) 357-6436
Fax (954) 357-8474
E-Mail martykiar@bcpa.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MartyKiarBCPA

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MartyKiarBCPA

 
 
 
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Akin Akinyemi

Tallahassee, Florida

Leon County Property Appraiser, Akin Akinyemi, was elected in November 2016, as the first African-American to hold such a post in Leon County and one of two in Florida.  As the Property Appraiser, he oversees the state mandated responsibilities of the office including managing and certifying property values and exemptions for over 108,000 parcels, which total close to $26 billion in just value and $15 billion in taxable value annually.  Akin has been an active member of the Leon County community for more than 30 years and comes from the closely related fields of architecture and urban planning.  In addition, during his time as a Leon County Commissioner he served as the chair of the Value
Adjustment Board (VAB).  Akin is married to Elvira; together they have three children and four grandchildren.

Educational Background

Currently, Akin is in the final stages of earning his doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Studies at Florida State University (FSU).  In 1988, he earned his Master of Architecture from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU).  Prior to attending graduate school at FAMU, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture & Housing Development from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Lagos.

Career Background

Prior to becoming the Property Appraiser, Akin ran a successful, regional architecture firm for over 20 years with offices in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.  He also served as Leon County Commissioner for four years (2008-2012).  During his time as commissioner, he served as Chairman from 2011 to 2012 and led on a platform of economic viability, open and accountable government and environmental sustainability.  Before running for office, he tirelessly served non-profit organizations, the business community, Leon County students, veterans and those with a commitment to the environment.

Accomplishments

Increasing Job Creation & Workforce Development through Viability - Under the direction of Akin, the County Commission looked at new and innovative ways to create jobs in Leon County.  In the months leading up to Akin becoming Chairman in 2011, the county leaders began hosting meetings with local business leaders to discuss topics related to coping during tough economic times, how this affects the creation of jobs, and what Leon County government could do to help create more jobs and grow businesses.  Akin and his fellow commissioners streamlined the permitting process, improved transportation around the airport and promoted cooperation between the public and private sectors.  Akin continued to encourage better growth management practices and strengthened ties between non-profit organizations, government and the private sector. 

Accountable and Accessible Government - As a Commissioner, one of Akin’s top priorities was an open-door policy that keeps all Leon County citizens informed about what he and his fellow commissioners were doing as their elected officials.  This policy demonstrated his commitment to the values and roles of an accountable official, one who strived to provide fairness and opportunity for all.  He was often called the “People’s Commissioner.”  In addition to Akin’s open door policy, under his leadership and suggestion, county officials created the Citizens Engagement Series which gives citizens an opportunity to gain insight into how decisions are made at the county level.  Similar to the town hall meetings and workshops Akin held to inform Leon County residents about county business, the engagement series allows citizens to become more informed and involved.  This Engagement Series led to the revamping of Leon County’s website making it more user-friendly which resulted in a national award.

Responsibility for a More Sustainable Environment - Akin Akinyemi’s lifelong career in environmental sciences, planning and sustainable community development provided him the unique opportunity to make responsible decisions as a commissioner.  In just his first three years, Akin led efforts to expand plastic recycling and exploration of renewable energy at the County’s Solid Waste Facility. He remains an advocate for increasing sustainable practices and large scale renewable energy production.  Akin has demonstrated his commitment to the environment as a founding sponsor of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Community Involvement

Akin Akinyemi is a strong advocate for community involvement and service. He has served or is currently serving on the following boards and committees; additionally, he has received the following awards and honors:

Boards and Committees

  • President, Brehon Family Services

  • Member, Sunrise Rotary Club

  • Board Member, Goodwill Industries

  • Board Member, Dick Howser Center

  • Chair, Service Corps of Retired Employees (SCORE)

  • Silver Life Member, NAACP

  • Member, American Institute of Architects

  • Member, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

  • Sponsor, U.S. Green Building Council – Florida Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-FCRC)

  • Member/DAC Rep., Chiles’ High School, Student Advisory Council (SAC)

  • Member/Secretary-Treasurer, Leon County Schools, District Advisory Council (DAC)

  • Board Member, Ability First's High School/High-tech

  • Member, Construction Specification Institute

  • Co-Chair, FAMU School of Architecture Alumni Network

Community Outreach

  • Elder Care

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Covenant Partners

  • Crop Walk

  • Turkey Trot

  • TallaFesta

  • Relay for Life

  • Heart of the Earth

  • Keep Tallahassee Leon County Beautiful

  • Cattle Baron Ball

  • Mentoring at Killearn Lakes Elementary, Riley Elementary and Nims Middle School

  • Senior Olympics

  • National African-American Read-In, Springwood Elementary School

  • Stand Down For Homeless Veterans

  • 2017 Soul Santa

  • 2017 MLK Foundation, Inc., Back to School Drive 

  • 2017 & 2018 Canned Food Drive (A Full Summer) Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Professional Achievements

  • Induction into the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Civil Rights Hall of Fame

  • Earned the Recertification of the Prestigious International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration (CEAA)

  • “Tallahassee’s Black History Firsts in Government” presented by the Loved by Jesus Family Church, February 2018

  • 2011 Florida Association of Counties President’s Advocacy Award

  • 2010 C.K. Steele Honoree

  • 2005 Historic Preservation Award for the U.S. Courthouse Restoration

  • 2001 FAMU/SBA Small Business Person of the Year

  • 2001 Jacksonville MedWeek Professional Service Firm-of-the-Year

  • 1994 FAMU/SBA Small Business Award

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Assessing Officers

  • Florida Chapter, International Association of Assessing Officers

  • Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA,) 2017-2018 Secretary

  • Florida Association of Property Appraisers, 2017-2018 Director District One 

  • Property Appraisers Association of Florida (PAAF), 2017-18 Legislative Committee

  • Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2011 Advance County Commissioner Certification

  • FAC, Co-Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee

  • National Association of Counties (NACo), Member of the select committee on Environment, 
         Energy and Land Use