About Bill McClure – Proven Conservative and Business Leader
Born in Atlanta and raised with his three siblings by their mother and father in Gainesville, FL., Bill McClure learned early on of the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. He graduated near the top of his high school and college class and was the outspoken political Student Body President of both Gainesville High School and the University of South Florida.
Bill’s academic prowess and leadership abilities earned him entry first to the University of Florida and then to the University of South Florida, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Education before pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University.
To get an insight into Bill McClure’s entrepreneur mind, simply know that Bill’s first business, at the age of 18, was leasing an old, run down drive thru car wash and turning it into one of Florida’s 1st drive thu convenience stores, called “Alligator Alley”, just off campus at the University of Florida. After taking a break from college, he then started his Financial Services Career with E.F. Hutton where he became a Corporate Vice President and Institutional Investor for Northeast Florida.
Bill McClure has always been a proponent of small business. He has worked on the St Johns and Nassau County Economic Development Team’s and with both the St Johns and Nassau County Chambers of Commerce, and currently serves on the Northeast Florida Regional Council. He currently serves as a St Johns County Commissioner. Elected in 2012, Bill has proven his strong commitment to fiscal conservatism and low taxes, while adding pragmatic solutions to County, State, and Federal matters and clear ability to analyze budgets and find opportunities for maximizing the efficiency of how tax dollars are utilized.
He previously was CEO of TPA eXchange, a third party administrator serving the needs of private and public employers in the health insurance and Information technology marketplace. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) of WLT Software, based in Clearwater Florida, where he developed one of the largest self-service internet portals for healthcare providers, employers, employees, and insurance carriers to exchange real-time data which helped triple the company in size and offerings. Today, he remains a large shareholder. While living in Atlanta in the late 90’s, he was COO and shareholder of Recall Systems, the first Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) companies within the healthcare marketplace, which was bought by Frontier Capital, a private Equity firm in Charlotte, N.C. He is most proud of his role in a startup Healthcare Technology Company called MicroMed, where he was Business Development Director and then COO of MicroMed Healthcare Information Systems, (Now called NextGen, NASDAQ:QSII), which was Motley Fool’s highest rated stock for 5 years in a row. While there, he helped the company win the Microsoft Healthcare User Group (MSHUG) award 2 years in a row.
Bill has been a career entrepreneur, not a career politician. He cut his teeth and earned his qualifications, first starting and successfully operating three companies. He excelled as a St. Johns County Commissioner because he understood budgets and had clear principles that guided him in protecting the interests of taxpayers, free of the influence of special interests. Bill’s practical business experience with budgets and making payrolls led him to fight off several tax increases and big ticket, foolish spending initiatives in the county. He found money excess money in the budget, and worked to get it transferred to where it could have a real world impact on the economy.
Fighting for Families, Not Special Interests
Bill was elected to the St. Johns County Commission without taking any donations from anyone. He owed nothing to the special interests who seem to always be looking for some bailout from the county. At the end of one term, Bill decided to move to the next challenge…the run for the 4th Congressional District.
When developer special interests sought to pass a one cent sales tax to build roads that would benefit their developments, Bill advanced the notion that if a tax was needed, it should benefit the families by going to build schools. Developers have built thousands of homes making the schools overcrowded. Bill argued their needs were a higher priority. The sales tax to benefit special interests was defeated and the sales tax to build schools passed.
Bill is a working class citizen, understands the value of a dollar, and wants to continue to serve as your voice. A voice that echoes your concerns. A voice that matters. A voice that cares. Elect Bill McClure to Congress to represent the 4th Congressional District.