Bill Gulliford has been a resident of Jacksonville and the Beaches community since 1954. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and then the University of Florida. After military service he returned to Jacksonville and joined his father’s construction equipment business, Pilot Equipment Company. He acquired the business from his father and successfully grew it until 1996 when he sold the company. Since then he has started two other businesses involved in the sale of construction equipment and currently is a partner in Major Machinery & Equipment LLC, a company involved in exporting construction equipment.
Bill was elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2011, to represent District 13, which includes the beaches and the southeastern section of Duval County. In 2012, Bill was awarded the Charles D. Webb Award, for extraordinary commitment to public service, by out-going president, Stephen Joost. The members of the City Council unanimously elected Bill to serve as President for the 2013/2014 Council Year. Bill received the Mary L. Singleton Award for 2014-2015.
In 1988 Bill was elected mayor of Atlantic Beach and served until 1993. Prior to that, he served on the Atlantic Beach city commission.
Bill and his wife, Harriet have four children; Tripp, Thad, Katherine and Elizabeth as well as nine grandchildren, Asher, Alden, Ely, Fletcher, Owen, Hannah, Ford, Stella, and Virginia. They have resided in Atlantic Beach since 1972.
Bill and Harriet attend St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.
Community and Civic Activities:
- City of Atlantic Beach, past mayor
- City of Atlantic Beach, past commissioner
- Habitat for Humanity of the Jacksonville Beaches, founding board member, past president and current vice president
- Carter White House Conference on Small Business, elected delegate
- Presidential appointee, Reagan White House Conference on Small Business
- Gator Boosters Inc. at the University of Florida, past board member
- WJCT Public Television, past Pollcat panelist
- Citizens Democracy Corps volunteer to the Soviet Union for the US Department of Commerce
- Junior Achievement, Project Business consultant (1981-82)
- Beaches Boys Club, past president
- Beaches Quarterback Club, past president
- Rotary Club of Mandarin, past president
- Four Avenues of Service Citation, Rotary International
- Recognized in the Congressional Record and by the mayor of Charleston for humanitarian aid to the victims of Hurricane Hugo
- Recognized by the Beaches Leader as one of fifteen people who made a difference in the Beaches community in the 20th Century