Kenneth McGurn, through his various real estate related companies, has redeveloped award-winning projects since 1978. He has received over 60 local, state and national awards for his projects, including a HUD National Certificate of Merit. His projects include apartments, condominiums, offices, retail, parking structures, subdivision lots and dozens of new and renovated buildings, including the Opera House in Gainesville, FL, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ken has also redeveloped downtown Gainesville, which is home to the Downtown Tech Center. Here, Ken provides office space, mentoring and financing for startup companies which have helped create dozens of high tech jobs and a thriving tech community in downtown Gainesville.
Ken is also heavily involved in sustainable development and owns over 540,000 watts of solar voltaic power. He has been recognized for his environmental work including the Alachua County Conservation Steward of the Year, a Sustainable Florida Award presented by Governor Jeb Bush and recognition by the national Alliance to Save Energy. He is also one of the select few to receive the UF Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ken McGurn has a PhD in Real Estate, Finance and Economics, a BSBA in Management, a Masters in Real Estate and Urban Land Planning all from the University of Florida. He is a state licensed General Contractor, real estate broker, and Community Association Manager.
Ken has chaired many organizations including the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Florida Center for Real Estate Studies, the national award winning Alachua-Bradford County Work Force Board, Downtown Redevelopment Agency, County Housing Finance Authority, State Home Builders PAC, Apartment Association and Gold Standard Multimedia, Inc. as well as chairing committees in the Plan to End Homelessness, the Early Learning Coalition and arts organizations. He has been recognized several times by the Chamber of Commerce for his volunteer work, the Gainesville Sun "50 People Who Made a Difference Over the Last Century," the Gainesville Sun "Business Persons of the Year,"" and UF Entrepreneur of the Year. He also serves on the UF Dean's Advisory Board, the UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board in addition to the United Way Board.
Ken is an Army Viet Nam veteran who served on active duty for 7 years as a paratrooper, jungle expert and spy. He was probably the youngest Captain in the military at age 22.