Joel Gunter

Senior Director of Business Development
Enterprise Florida
Joel Gunter
Joel Gunter serves as Senior Director of Business Development, for Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), Florida’s public-private partnership charged with diversifying and growing Florida’s economy and creating more and better job opportunities for Floridians. His primary focus is on the Advanced Manufacturing sector as well as Clean Technology. EFI’s Business Development (BD) Team has primary responsibility for attracting new business investments into Florida and helping Florida businesses to expand existing operations. Joel has worked with Enterprise Florida since its inception nearly twenty years ago and has more than 23 years of economic development experience. For the last fiscal year, BD surpassed all of its performance goals. Our projects created or retained 28,919 jobs; involved $2.82 billion in capital investment; and paid an average annual wage of over $54,000 – about 25% higher than Florida’s average wage. During Joel’s tenure at EFI he has generated more than 433 leads resulting in the establishment of 273+ projects, facilitating the creation of up to 50,400 jobs with a cumulative capital investment of ~ $3.5B. Some notable successful projects in his project management portfolio include: Blue Origin, an Area Development Magazine Silver Shovel Award Winner; Klausner Lumber One, the first project to locate in a Florida Rural Catalyst Site; distribution centers for Walmart, Publix, Trader Joe’s, and AutoZone; Lockheed Martin, International Paper, Cognizant, American Express, Wheeled Coach, SAIC, Gartner Group, Feld Entertainment and Ruth’s Chris’ headquarters, INEOS Bio, CAE USA Military and Training, Website Pros, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Honeywell, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), GE Harris Energy Control Systems, Disney Worldwide Services and Cross Country Automotive. Prior to EFI, Joel worked in the Bureau of Industry Development for the Florida Department of Commerce as an Industry Representative. Currently, he serves on the board of the Manufacturing Association of Florida and as EFI’s representative with the Industrial Asset Management Council. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Business from the University of Florida. In addition, he is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute (EDI) affiliated with the University of Oklahoma.