Jared Grifoni

Meet Jared Grifoni

Personal/Family

Jared moved to Marco Island in 2007 and is a full-time resident and homeowner. He lives with his wife, Elsa, and their two children, Calvin and Tosca. They love living in Marco Island and enjoy gardening, boating, going to the beach, attending art and music shows and other community events on the island.

Jared has served on the Greater Marco Family YMCA Community Relations Committee and he and Elsa are members of the Italian American Society of Marco Island. The Grifoni family is very active in the community regularly supports and attends events hosted by local civic associations, schools and groups in Marco Island. Jared and his family are frequent volunteers for the Salvation Army, St. Matthew’s House, and for our local beach clean-ups.

Successful Businessman and Attorney

In September 2015, Jared was recognized as one of Southwest Florida’s rising business leaders in Gulfshore Business Magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 rising stars feature.

Jared worked to secure the franchise and advised throughout the acquisition process with his father for the purchase of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Collier County. At the time, the acquisition consisted of four struggling locations. Jared has been an integral and leading part of the operation that turned the original four struggling locations around and has grown the SWFL Dunkin’ Donuts operation into one of the most successful franchises in Collier County and one of the best operating networks throughout the state of Florida. The network consisted of 20 thriving locations and over 400 employees in Collier, Lee, Hendry, Hardee, and Glades and DeSoto Counties. Many of the existing locations were subsequently sold in early 2016.

In addition to his work with Dunkin’ Donuts, Jared is also a leader in one of Naples’ newest business operations, Oasis 41, located just off Marco Island on the East Trail.

From 2013-2016, Jared created and hosted a political FM talk radio show in Collier County where he discussed national, state and local news and educated listeners. Jared’s show featured many elected officials, popular candidates, and free market experts. Over the course of three years, the show became a top weekend talk show in Collier County and had a dedicated fan base that tuned into his live stream from all over the world.

Proven Political Leader and Activist

Jared is a tireless leader on the political scene locally in Collier County and statewide in Florida where he works to advance the principles contained within our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. In November 2016, Jared was elected to the Marco Island City Council and received the highest vote total ever for a single City Councilor. After taking office, he was unanimously selected as Vice-Chairman by his fellow Councilors. He is currently the youngest person ever elected to the Marco Island City Council. Prior to his election, Jared was a frequent attendee and speaker, on behalf of himself and fellow citizens, at Marco Island City Council meetings, Collier County Board of County Commissioners meetings, and Collier County School Board meetings. He works with individuals from across the political spectrum to unite on issues that impact our liberties. Jared also was one of the founding members of the Collier Tea Party in 2012.

In 2013, Jared assisted in drafting and worked to help pass several resolutions with the Collier Board of County Commissioners, Marco Island City Council, and Naples City Council, to protect the 2nd Amendment. In 2014-2015, Jared built on his prior success with a resolution seeking a restoration of local control/home rule in education that was presented to the Marco Island City Council, Collier County Board of County Commissioners, and Collier County School Board. Due to his successful leadership in Marco Island and Collier County, Jared’s advice was sought by grassroots leaders across the state to assist and guide them in similar efforts throughout Florida.

Jared’s strong belief in fiscal conservatism led to his involvement in 2014 in an effort to protect taxpayers in Collier County from an estimated $4 million increase in potential debt. Without Jared’s strong leadership this action would have resulted in a state of Florida precedent-setting multi-million-dollar bailout to a private entity. Jared not only led the effort against this public bailout but his actions helped inspire and guide the community to privatized solutions.

In October 2015, through Jared’s leadership, more than 800 citizens came together to protect new, innovative businesses in Collier County by successfully working with our Board of County Commissioners to repeal outdated job-killing regulations which resulted in the deregulating of an entire industry locally. This victory led to national attention and many other counties followed Collier County’s free market model for vehicle for hire services. Jared believes that businesses small and large function best when government simply gets out of the way.

Education

Jared is a graduate of Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double major in Philosophy. Jared received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, where he received an honorable mention award for outstanding performance in oral advocacy, and became licensed by the Florida Bar in 2008.

Educational Speaker

Jared is a sought-after speaker all over Collier and Lee Counties for events, meetings, political forums, schools and civic associations, to share and teach about free market and limited government philosophy and solutions, as well as specific issues such as REAL ID, the National Defense Authorization Act, and Common Core.

Jared has spoken at colleges and high schools throughout the community including Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida SouthWestern State College and Golden Gate High School. Jared has also been a guest speaker at the Golden Gate Estates Civic Association and the SWFL Republican Club.

Jared was invited in 2014 by the Foundation for Economic Education, the first free-market organization in the United States, to participate as a panelist in a forum discussing important electoral issues impacting the 2014 midterm elections in Florida.