Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware, is the new chair of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Board of Trustees. Blake Gable, the CEO of Barron Collier Companies, previously held this position and admirably led the Board of Trustees for a total of six years.
In this role, Wynn leads a 13-member board that serves as FGCU’s governing body. It holds the university president responsible for the college’s operations and management, performance, fiscal accountability, and compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including those set by the Florida Board of Governors. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Wynn to the Board of Trustees in March 2022.
Wynn is an FGCU graduate, earning a Master of Business Administration degree in 2005.
“With 100,000 net new jobs needed in the five-county region of Southwest Florida alone by the year 2030, FGCU has never been more important to the success of our region and protecting our quality of life,” Wynn said. “I am honored to be able to play a small role in helping lead this incredible organization that continues its evolution as an innovator in academic excellence.”
In addition to his role at FGCU, Wynn serves as second vice chair for NCH Healthcare System’s Board of Trustees, board member for Leadership Florida and is a member of the Florida Council of 100. Additionally, Wynn is co-founder of the Resnick-Wynn Family Business Conference hosted annually in partnership with FGCU.
As president of Sunshine Ace Hardware since 2005, Wynn has led an ambitious growth period with a retail portfolio that now includes 15 hardware, paint and gift stores, with four additional locations under development. The Naples-based company is among Florida’s largest family-owned home improvement retailers and one of Ace Hardware’s top 10 franchisees in America. Wynn also serves as board chairman for Wynn Family Companies, which has served SWFL since 1938.