Bill Kerdyk Jr. carries on family tradition of community service

Bill Kerdyk Jr. carries on family tradition of community service

WILLIAM KERDYK Jr.

William Kerdyk Jr. is the first Gables Great of 2014 and one individual long overdue for the recognition. In an effort to stay away from politics, Bill Kerdyk has not received this long-deserved honor; so, as we begin a new year, it is time to correct that.

While Kerdyk’s public service as commissioner and vice mayor for almost two decades is laudable, his community service is even more stellar and enviable. Of course, the apple does not fall far from the tree in his case. His family set an example like few others.

Longtime Gables residents will remember that Bill’s father was the longest serving politician in Coral Gables history, 28 years, and deeply involved in community activity as was the family.

After graduating from Gables High and earning a BA in Business Administration and Real Estate from FIU, Kerdyk joined the family business, Kerdyk Real Estate, which he later purchased from his Uncle Frank in 1993.

Kerdyk’s impact on Coral Gables may be witnessed at every turn. Working with the Coral Gables Community Foundation many years ago, Bill created the Parknership Fund, a public/private partnership to purchase, renovate and create open spaces for Coral Gables. More than $2 million has been raised to date through that effort resulting in new parks and upgrades to existing ones.

In addition, he orchestrated an ordinance plan that has helped increase the tree canopy, and improved the natural beauty of the area making the city more pedestrian friendly. He also initiated and helped secure funds for the beautiful landscape medians on Ponce De Leon Boulevard while also tackling traffic calming initiatives.

Again, working with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Kerdyk created a Music Scholarship Fund in memory of his father that has already awarded $30,000 in scholarships to deserving music students.

Bill Kerdyk Jr. also has a long history with the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, serving as its golf chair for years and then as Junior Orange Bowl Committee president. His work with the Junior Orange Bowl’s Golf Invitational, that attracts the best junior players from around the world, was such that he was invited to co-found the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan where international teams compete. He has served as chair for that World Junior Golf Team Championship since 1992.

In 2006, Kerdyk founded the Bank of Coral Gables and has served as its board chair since that time. It opened with 82 shareholders and $22 million and, as of June 2013, had assets of $110 million. In addition to that commitment, Bill serves on the boards of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gulliver Schools, and Bach Society and is a member of the Miami-Dade Super Bowl Host Committee, Orange Bowl Committee and the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. In the past he has served on the boards of Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, Dade League, One Nation Past and City of Coral Gables Property Advisory Committee.

Kerdyk is married to wife, Lynne, and has three children — a son, William Kerdyk III, and two daughters, Lindsay and Leigh. When he is not serving the community, he loves to play golf and spend time with his family.


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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

1 Comment on "Bill Kerdyk Jr. carries on family tradition of community service"

  1. Bill and his late father have been major assets to the City of Coral Gables for two generations. I am glad that Community Newspapers has finally 'persuaded' him to step into the well-deserved limelight for just a moment or two! My fellow residents can thank Bill for the Parknership Program that has preserved green space for our citizens, the highly popular Gables Trolley system and so much more. We're glad he has continued to serve on the Commission for all these years.

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