Matthew Cannon
Matthew Cannon
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Broker Associate: BK161106

Gainesville was home to my great-grandparents, grandparents, my parents, and now my family. I became a real estate agent and then a broker in the early 1980s while working in the insurance business at Cannon and Associates Inc.

In the 1970’s and before, Insurance and Real Estate services were usually offered out of the same office. I became a real estate salesman under my dad, E. Finley Cannon Jr., and then a broker after one year. My interest in real estate started in my mid-twenties, buying property and building apartments.

In my grandfather’s days as a horse and buggy doctor in Gainesville, early 1900s, the population was around 6,000 people. My early years, the 1950’s, saw an increase to just under 30,000. Now 50+ years later Gainesville is approximately 150,000! These numbers do not include a large student population. The population growth has been unbelievable with UF being the anchor industry leading this increase. Many other businesses have thrived including real estate and insurance. Being a small developer, a buyer, and a seller of housing gave me a thirst for the real estate business. Now I am anxious to learn about the sales process.

My lovely wife of 50 years, Carol, came to Gainesville in 1968 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and has made this her home. We have 2 beautiful daughters, Cathi, a graphic designer in Chattanooga, and Elizabeth, a dental hygienist in Orlando, and 3 handsome grandsons who are involved with school and sports. Growing up in Gainesville we exposed the girls to as many activities as time would allow. These involved scouting, camping, skeet shooting, horseback riding, boating, fishing, church, etc… We are so proud of the successful young women and responsible parents they have become.

While in the insurance business, I was involved in numerous community boards and organizations.

Seek Enterprises Inc. – insurance specialist

Luster National Inc. – FEMA contractor.

Coastal Caribbean Oils and Minerals – director (a public company)

Cannon Trading Partnership – owner/partner

Seisma Drilling Corporation – partner

Hilb, Rogal, and Hamilton Co – vice president and director

Cannon-Treweek Agency Inc. – vice president and director

Cannon Investment Properties – owner

Current and past associations include:

The Elk’s Club, the American Legion, the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Metropolitan Transportation Board, the Florida Association of Insurance Agents Legislative

Committee, Gainesville Quarterback Club Board Member, Disability Awareness Now board member, Gator Trap and Skeet Board Member, and the Boy Scouts of Alachua County Board Member.

My education after high school started with an AA from Santa Fe College and then on to various insurance schools.

The Westfield Advanced Agents School, Westfield OH

The Cincinnati INS Co Advanced Agents School, Cincinnati OH

Solicitor Qualification School, FAIA, Tallahassee FL

Florida Insurance School, Orlando FL

The Travelers Comprehensive Course in Property and Liability Insurance, Hartford CT

In my spare time, I enjoy dove hunting, fishing, boating, traveling, and visiting with family and friends. As a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, I also enjoy tinkering with old motors and going to club meets around the state.