Fred Collins is a native of South Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Wentworth Institute in 1968 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. His early career, however, took him into highway and civil engineering with such prestigious firms as Sverdup Civil, Inc. Among the projects he worked on were the “Big Dig” – relocating Boston’s Southeast Expressway underground and the redesign of the famous Boston Garden sports arena.
In 1981, Fred’s career took another turn; this time to Corporate Management. He was hired by the owners of Dyna-fab, Inc. to take care of the Purchasing and Sales aspect of their high-tech sheet metal company. In a short period of time, Fred took over management of the entire company and its sales went from under $1 million per year in the first year to consistently over $1 million per month thereafter.
In 2000, Fred and his wife, Jan, relocated to Odessa, Florida – a community just north of Tampa. He took a job with McNichols Company in Tampa as a Customer Service Associate, interpreting blueprint drawings for custom fabrication services and providing unique solutions to meet the customers’ goals. He retired from McNichols in December of 2014.
Once Fred retired, he and Jan put their Odessa home on the market with the intent of moving to the Villages. They had been looking at homes here since October of 2014 when, after visiting with friends, they fell in love with the area and knew that was where they were going to retire. Their Odessa home sold on July 10, 2015 in the morning and they closed on their home in Pine Ridge that afternoon and have been full-time residents since then.
After six months in Pine Ridge, Fred and Jan decided to start a community golf league since there was no recreation center or any local activities for the Village. The Pine Ridge Aces started on January 7 of 2016 with 16 members and now, after 2-1/2 years, has grown to a league of over 370 members with anywhere between 80 and 120 golfers going out to play on any given Thursday.
Fred believes in being involved with his community and giving back to it. This is one of the reasons he is running for Commissioner of District 2 of Pine Ridge and Pine Hills. He wants to ensure that the police and fire safety of the communities are a priority in Fruitland Park. He also wants to be a fiscal watchdog for the budget spending for our city, making sure that funds are spent wisely and conservatively.