Guy is a native Tampan. He attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1972 he received his BBA from the University of Georgia’s College of Business Administration. Later in that year Guy began his insurance career with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Guy is the President of M.E. Wilson Company, Inc., Tampa’s oldest privately-held insurance agency founded by his maternal grandfather, M.E. (Gene) Wilson in 1920. Guy is an active community leader and problem solver.
Accomplishments and Accolades:
- Recipient of the “Outstanding Business Leader of the Year” in 2003 by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
- M.E. Wilson Company won the “Small Business of the Year” in 2000.
- King was a co-founder of MEW Custom Staffing, LLC, one of the most successful outsourcers of human resource services in Florida.
- October of 2009, Guy was chosen as Chairman of the APPEX Partner Advisory Council representing 100+ of the top insurance agencies in the country at their biannual symposium in Dallas.
- In 2013 he received the “Key to the County” from the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners for his leadership with Steps Forward, an organization committed to ending chronic homelessness in Tampa. Guy assisted in the founding of the Tampa-Hillsborough Homeless Initiative and currently serves on that board.
- Served as Vice Chair of the board of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries in Clearwater for five years.
- Guy is a past YMCA Governance Board Chair and current Chair of the YMCA’s 1844 Council. In 2009 Guy was designated as the first winner of the Tampa YMCA’s “Order of the Red Triangle” Award as a lifelong YMCA supporter.
- Past chair of “The Committee of 100”, Tampa’s previous economic development organization. He also chaired St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, where he led the campaign to build the Critical Care Center. Guy was the Chairman of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s (Straz) Annual Campaign for two years.
- Past Chairman and founder of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, the premier organization for entrepreneurial CEO’s in the Tampa Bay area.
- He served on the Tampa Bay History Center board and is the past chairman of the Gracepoint, Inc. Foundation.
- Chosen to lead the Gracepoint Wellness Governance Board in 2009. The inaugural Earth Charter U.S. “Sustainable Business Awards” were chaired by Guy in October of 2008 at the University of Tampa. He won their Sustainable Business Leadership Award in 2015.
- Guy was nominated for the 2000 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award and the SBA’s 2000 “Small Business Leader of the Year”.
- In 2000 the Independent Agents of Greater Tampa voted Guy, “Agent of the Year.”
- He was in charge of Transportation and Risk Management for SuperBowl XXXV, held in Tampa in January of 2001 and chaired the Risk Management Committee for Superbowl XLIII. The Federal Bureau of Investigation/Tampa chose Guy for their inaugural Citizens’ Leadership Academy in the spring of 2002.
- The National Coalition for Community and Justice (NCCJ) named Guy as a recipient of the Silver Medallion Humanitarian award in April of 2003 for his work with area not-for-profits.
- Guy’s favorite recognition occurred in December of 2008 when he was chosen as the “H.L. Culbreath Profile in Leadership” recipient at the GTCC Annual Meeting.
- Guy was the 130th Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
Guy is a gardener, hibiscus hybridizer, hunter, photographer, fisherman, and martial artist. He champions the preservation, beautification, and improvement of Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa’s historic scenic roadway and sidewalk. Guy is married to Deborah Reineman King. Together they chaired the “Bridge Builders Breakfast” for Metropolitan Homeless Ministries and the American Heart Association’s “Heart Ball” and are currently serving as the chairs of the 2017 Cirque du Pepin Academies Gala and Silent Auction. They have two sons, Guy IV (age 30) and Wilson (age 26).