|County Commissioner District 5 Orange County, Florida|
2004 – 4 January 2011
Bill Segal (born in 1949 in Orlando, Florida) was the District 5 County Commissioner of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners in Orange County, Florida and was a candidate for Mayor of Orange County.
Segal grew up in Orange County, Florida and graduated from Edgewater High School in 1967. In 1971, he graduated from the University of Miami with his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After college, Segal entered the real estate industry and remains a Certified General Contractor. Over the years, he built a highly successful diversified real estate company and also started a restaurant chain that he grew to 7 locations before selling it.
Segal and his wife Sara, have two grown sons, Zach and Joe.
Boards and community service
- Chairman Orange County Workforce Housing Taskforce
- Member Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
- Member Goldenrod Chamber of Commerce
- Honorary Member Rotary Club of Orange County East
- Member Orange County Children and Family Services Board
- Member Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board
- Member, Council of 100
- Board Member, Orlando Museum of Art Board of Trustees
- Ex Officio Member, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
- Graduate, FBI Citizen's Academy
- Founding Director, Coalition for the Homeless
- Former Director, Florida Symphony Orchestra<
- Past President, Jewish Family Services
- Past President, University of Miami Alumni and Boosters
- Former Lay Member, 18th District Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
- Former Member and Chairman, St. Johns River Water Management District
- Past President, Tiger Bay Club
Campaign for mayor
In 2010, Segal ran for the office of Mayor of Orange County. He was opposed by fellow Democrat Linda Stewart, and Republicans Matthew Falconer and Teresa Jacobs. As of 23 August 2010[update], Segal had out-raised and out-spent all three opponents combined. Segal's campaign manager, Eric Foglesong, was in charge of all expenditures for his million dollar campaign. Segal has received endorsements during his campaign from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley, and Belle Isle Mayor Bill Brooks . In the general election on 2 November 2010, Segal was resoundingly defeated by Teresa Jacobs, 68%-32%.
Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that Segal violated voting-conflict laws twice and fined him $2,000. The conflicts emerged in May 2010, when the Orlando Sentinel reported that for years Segal had not fully disclosed his business ties to longtime developer Nancy Rossman, despite the County Commission voting on several of her other projects while he was on the board. Segal never recused himself from votes related Rossman or told other commissioners of his association with her. Records filed by Segal reported income from 2004 to 2006 totaling $2.5 million from land deals with Rossman, whose family has been active in Central Florida development for decades.
- Bill Segal Campaign Website
- Damron, David (4 August 2010). "Segal points to business experience". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
- Damron, David (17 August 2010). "Political group poised to pump more money into Segal's hefty war chest". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
- Hinton, Marva (8 April 2010). "Mayors of Orlando, Winter Park and Belle Isle endorse Bill Segal". WDBO-AM.