Fred Forbes, AIA was born in Ohio and spent most of his working career in central Ohio. He is both an Ohio and Florida Registered Architect and an Ohio Registered professional Engineer. He has a BS degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master from the University of Dayton with all work completed except a thesis. He was a Vice President of a Chamber of Commerce for two years and then served as President for two years. While active with the chamber he successfully wrote a grant application to the City resulting in several decades of City funded Economic Development, hired the first three Economic Development Directors and created a spin off of a Downtown Merchants Association.
He was the President and CEO of his own Architectural and Engineering firm, but prior to that worked as an Aerospace Engineer at various levels including Branch Chief for the US Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. While working for the Air Force received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award which is the highest award a civilian can receive from the Department of the Air Force approved by the Secretary of the USAF. He also was recognized by the Ohio Professional Engineers Society as Ohio’s Young Engineer of the Year and also Top Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of professional Engineers.
He also served as an Under Cabinet Officer during the Administration of Governor George Voinovich. Where his responsibilities included administering a billion dollars’ worth of State funded construction and a billion dollars’ worth of State leases of buildings every two years. He and his wife Carolyn purchased a home in Bonita Springs in 1997 and became full time residents in 2009.
Fred Forbes was elected to the Bonita Springs Fire Commission in 2012 and served as a fire Commissioner until March 2016. Concurrently he served on the City’s Local planning Agency from 2012 to March of 2016. He also was a member of the Library Task Force whose mission was to get a new library for our City. He also served as one of seven members of the Citizens Water Strategy Task Force from December 2013 thru December of 2014.
Fred Forbes, AIA
City Council District 6, City of Bonita Springs