Kevin Ruane’s success as a business leader, elected official and family man uniquely qualify him to usher in an innovative type of leadership for Lee County based upon a record of accomplishments and results, rather than time served in a political office.
After attending undergraduate and graduate school at Pace University in New York where he developed an expertise in both accounting and finance, Kevin immediately began tapping into his natural instincts to climb the private sector ladder. This eventually led him to senior executive positions, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, for a subsidiary of a Fortune 100 company.
Kevin has a long record of helping small businesses expand. In 1997 Kevin assumed day-to-day operations of his family’s accounting firm and in 2005, he launched Castleton Capital which provides financing solutions to small businesses. Today, Kevin’s company is helping entrepreneurs expand and create jobs throughout the United States.
Kevin and his wife, Doreen, moved to Sanibel in 2004 just before Hurricane Charley hit and Kevin immediately became a dedicated community volunteer. Kevin became a member of the Sanibel Hurricane Damage Assessment Team and served as project manager at Gulfside Place Condominiums. There, he led the restoration of 84 hurricane-ravaged homes and negotiated a $13 million settlement for the property owners.
In February 2007, Kevin was appointed to the Sanibel City Council in an interim capacity to fill a vacant seat. In May he was elected to the council seat in a special election and was re-elected four times. In 2009, Kevin’s peers on the council elected him vice mayor. The following year, he was elected mayor and continues to serve in that capacity today.
As Sanibel’s mayor, Kevin has led bold initiatives to strengthen the community. He cut taxes 24% in the last 12 years and increased the city’s reserves from $2 million to $9 million while cutting the city’s debt by nearly 74%.
Kevin was instrumental in urging elected officials in both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to protect Lee County’s water quality. When the United States Congress was on the verge of increasing the cost of flood insurance for communities in Lee County to the point of being unaffordable, Kevin led a delegation to Washington and fought successfully for maintenance of the existing rate structure, saving residents millions of dollars in premiums.
In 2013 and 2017 Kevin Ruane was a finalist for the Fort Myers News-Press Public Servant of the Year Award and for 2014, Kevin was awarded the Committee of the Islands’ Citizen of the Year. In 2017 he also received the Florida League of Cities Home Rule Hero Award. In 2016 he was the recipient of the prestigious National Everglades Coalition James D. Webb award and chosen the 2016 Hometown Hero by Boy Scout Pack 1740. Kevin is the President-elect for the Florida League of Mayors.
In his spare time Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, friends and enjoying Lee County’s many attractions.