President Bill Hunter has served at the helm of AFCD since its creation in 1984. Under his leadership, the association has grown from its founding seven members to 70 Florida companies in the community development business. Through the years, AFCD has gained prestige and influence throughout the state.
A registered Florida lobbyist since 1972, Hunter has won numerous awards for his legislative programs. He served on the Governor's Paperwork Reduction Task Force in 1996-97 and on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Land Sales Task Force in 1996. Hunter also represented community developers' interests on the D.C.A.'s I.C.E. and E.A.R.S. Task Forces, D.C.A.'s School Concurrency Advisory Committee and Governor Bush's Manatee Summit. He currently serves on the DEP NPDS Advisory Committee and on the DOT 2020 Florida Transportation Plan Advisory Committee
Hunter's association work was honored in 1994 when he received the Florida Association Executive of the Year award from the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE). He also served as the 1994 and 1995 president of the FSAE Foundation, and was the president of FSAE for 1999. He received a Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 1993. In addition, Hunter is an Accredited Public Relations Professional.
Prior to joining AFCD, Hunter served as the Director of Communication and Legislative Affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau and as Director of Public Relations for the Florida Sugar Cane League. Hunter received a master's degree in communications and business management from the University of Florida. He is a visiting professor at the University of Florida and Florida State University.