Tim Nance, Board of County Commissioners Chairman
| Tim is the Collier County Commissioner for District 5 in eastern Collier County representing citizens of Golden Gate Estates, Immokalee, Ave Maria, Everglades City, and surrounding rural areas.
A native Floridian, Tim grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where his father, L. Clayton Nance, served as the first Public Defender in the S.E. United States and later as a Broward County Circuit Judge.
Tim attended the University of Florida, receiving two Bachelor's degrees, one in Chemistry and Political Science, and a second in Agribusiness. He is also a graduate of the UF Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. Following graduation in 1982, Tim and his wife Gayle decided to move permanently to Collier County.
Tim spent the majority of his professional career as a business manager with Gargiulo, Inc. one of the largest growers and marketers of fresh market produce in the world, and one of Collier County's largest employers. There he served in a variety of capacities including recruitment of new management staff, business development, and Director of Operations for the Eastern United States.
In total, Tim worked in agribusiness management for over 35 years with a variety of intensively cultivated and high value crops in operations management and as a private consultant developing business and growing systems for the production of perishable fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, and flowering crops. His knowledge and skill in horticulture, coupled with his business acumen and ability to effectively communicate, enabled Tim to help build and manage successful businesses in regions throughout Florida, the eastern U.S., California, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Middle East.
Tim and his wife Gayle, a retired teacher, live on 14 acres in eastern Collier County. A strong proponent of private and community involvement, Tim is also active in a variety of civic and service organizations and community charities. His passion is for open government and personal freedoms, business and management practices that are environmentally sustainable, and fiscal conservatism.
In addition to his service as Commissioner, Tim has also been appointed to numerous advisory committees including the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and the Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Tim currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the Chairman of the Tourist Development Council.
Jim Flanagan, Executive Coordinator