Joe Gruters is a fourth generation Sarasotan, His great grandfather William Hobson moved the family to Sarasota in 1922 to serve as the chief tentmaker for Ringling Circus.
Joe graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1996 and is a graduate of both the Florida State University (undergraduate degree) and the University of South Florida (Masters in Business Administration, MBA). Joe currently works as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and owns Gruters CPA.
For the last 20 years Joe has been working at the grassroots level as both a Party activist and leader including having served as Congressman Buchanan’s Campaign Manager, as President of the Young Republicans, as a volunteer on numerous campaigns, as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and for the last 7 years as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County, a post which he has held longer than any other Chairman in Sarasota County’s history.
Joe is also an active member of the community and local government. Joe previously served as the Chairman of the Sarasota County Planning Commission, on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sports Foundation and served on the Executive Board and as Treasurer for the Sarasota Humane Society. Joe currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Florida State University where he serves as Chairman of the Presidential Compensation Committee as well as the Student Affairs Committee. He also serves on the University of South Florida Community Leadership Counsel at the Sarasota Campus and is a member of the downtown Kiwanis.
Joe has worked for Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13) in both corporate and political roles. Joe began working for Congressman Buchanan in 2000 and served as Campaign Manager for Buchanan’s successful 2008 re-election campaign. Under Joe’s leadership, Buchanan increased his margin of victory from 369 votes in 2006 to over 66,415 in 2008. Following the 2008 election, Congressional Quarterly reported that Buchanan had the largest increase in victory margin in the entire country in 2006 rematches.
Joe is married to Sydney and they have three children – Spencer, Jack and Elizabeth.