Joe Gibbons was born in New York City. He received a bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan, and a master’s Degree in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He has been a resident of, Florida since 1994.
Joe spent 8 years in various sales management marketing positions with IBM. While working with IBM, he earned the IBM 100% Club Presidency Award for the highest sales and business achievement nationwide. He left IBM to start his own computer hardware, software and supplies retail and distribution business. He opened 4 locations in several cities throughout the State of Michigan supplying major corporations, universities, small businesses, and retail customers. He spent 6 years as President and General Manager of a computer manufacturing and distribution company headquartered in Toronto Canada with national responsibility. He also spent seven years with Ackerman LLP, a leading United States law firm, as a Public Policy Advisor. He is currently the President of Gibbons Consulting Group, representing public and private entities in the areas of consulting, lobbying, issue advocacy, community, and faith-based outreach.
Joe Gibbons was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2006. His issue areas were Appropriations, Business & Professional Regulations, Financial Services, Economic Affairs, Affordable Housing, Healthcare, Gaming, and Energy and Utilities Policy. Joe Gibbons was elected Chair of The Florida Legislative Black Caucus and chosen as the Democratic Minority Leader Pro Tempore. He also served as Chair of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Energy, Transportation, and Environment Committee.
Prior to his election to the Florida House of Representatives, Joe served one term as a Commissioner in the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Chair of the Broward Black Elected Officials, and as a member of the Broward County Planning Council.
Joe has earned numerous awards and recognitions for his business achievements and community service. He was appointed to the White House Conference on Small Business, and recognized on the cover of Nations Business Magazine for his dedication to advancing “Small Business Initiatives”. He Championed the establishment of “HERI” (Florida Health Equity Research Institute) and received the Florida Associations of Community Health Centers Legislative Champion Award. He was also recognized, by the Small Business Administration, as the “Minority Businessperson of the Year.”
Joe currently serves on several public and volunteer boards including Henderson Behavioral Health Centers, the Audit and Finance Committee and Board of the Primary Care Clinics of the Palm Beach County Hospital District, Aventura Marketing, and the Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Round Table. He works with the South Broward Ministerial Alliance, the Florida Urban Leagues and is a Life Member of the NAACP. He is the Past President and Current Member of the Hallandale Beach/Aventura Rotary Club where in 2005, he was named Rotarian of the Year.
Joe is married to Ava Parker, the President of Palm Beach State College, and they have 13-year-old twins.
|MESSAGE FROM OUR GOVERNOR, MICHAEL KESTI, DISTRICT 6990
ROTARY - TURKEY/SYRIA EARTHQUAKE DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS
As Rotarians our hearts go out to those in need following the devastation from the recent Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria! As a District we will be collecting funds as well as supporting and participating in Rotary Disaster Grants in this effort. Additionally, we have the opportunity to provide some hands-on volunteer efforts.
To donate and request donations, please utilize the following link to our District Foundation Account for this Disaster: Donate Now!
Also, for those that want to provide hands-on assistance, we are coordinating dates and times to volunteer at Global Empowerment Mission. They need assistance packing and sorting supplies in their Florida Headquarters in Doral.
Global Empowerment Mission
Address: 1850 NW 84th Ave, Suite 100, Doral, Florida 33126
A schedule and additional information will follow shortly and we’ll update it as additional opportunities for volunteering are available.
|TUES., MAY 9TH @ 6:00-8:00 PM - ROTARY CLUB OF CORAL GABLES
GARDEN CELEBRATION INVITATION
Join the Rotary Club of Coral Gables' International Committee for a part in the garden celebrating children who choose to learn despite the violence, poverty, and hunger they experience every day. Enjoy a cocktail party with hors d'oeavres, live music, and a raffle with some awesome prizes.
Location: 3561 Loquat Avenue, Miami, FL 33133 USA
Tickets: $75 pp (tax-deductible)
|SAT., MAY 13TH @ 1:10 P M - ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 6990
NIGHT AT LOAN DEPOT PARK
The Florida Marlins have provided us 'Special Tickets.' Including some options on seats!! Rotarians have access to a special ticket rate and will be recognized on the video screen that evening. A portion of the tickets will benefit our district foundations.
Buy Tickets Now! https://offer.fevo.com/reds-at-marlins-e1gyv6n-21c2749
Contact Brad Johnson: 305-480-1548
Email Brad Johnson: BrJohnson@marlins.com
|MAY 27TH - 31ST - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
2023 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
The Rotary International Convention is held this year in Melbourne, from 27 - 31 May. We are expecting in excess of 20,000 visitors for the convention.
Register: Register Today at Convention.Rotary.org!
Location: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
More Info: Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia
Official Website: Rotary International Convention