Membership Directory by Company

A·C·T Environmental & Infrastructure

For more than 30 years, A·C·T has served as one of Lakeland’s premier multi-disciplined professional environmental sciences, engineering, contracting, and emergency response fi...

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A·C·T Environmental & Infrastructure

For more than 30 years, A·C·T has served as one of Lakeland’s premier multi-disciplined professional environmental sciences, engineering, contracting, and emergency response firms. A·C·T is driven by a commitment to bringing value to  businesses. Recognized as an “employer of distinction,” on local, state and national levels, A·C·T applies a depth of experience and resources to tackle simple to complex problems. The company’s approach features a trained and motivated staff; seamless, inter-disciplinary teamwork; user-friendly information management systems; an emphasis on risk reduction/risk sharing; and synergistic partnering with clients. The combination of tried and true methods and innovative solutions help customers quickly reach their business objectives.

Jennifer Kincart Jonsson

Jennifer Kincart Jonsson serves as Vice President of A·C·T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., which has been owned and operated by her family since 1987. An avid fan and active alumna, Jonsson earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. Her drive and commitment are aimed at ensuring A·C·T’s success and she is passionate about improving the quality of life in our community. Among her many accolades, Jonsson holds the distinction of being the youngest professional to ever serve as the Chair of the Board for the United Way of Central Florida. Email

Advicare

Stacy Gearhart, co-founder of Advicare, recognized that in healthcare, clinical denials are the most complex and problematic denials for providers to resolve – they also have the...

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Advicare

Stacy Gearhart, co-founder of Advicare, recognized that in healthcare, clinical denials are the most complex and problematic denials for providers to resolve – they also have the greatest impact on a hospital’s net revenue, more than any other denials. By forming collaborative teams of nurses, attorneys and coders, Stacy and her partners endeavor to bridge the gap between patient finance and clinicians to resolve and prevent clinical denials on behalf of their clients.

Stacy Gearhart

Stacy Gearhart's passion for leveling the playing field for patients and providers in their dealings with insurers inspired her to co-found her first company in Lakeland, Trilogi, Inc. – a national healthcare receivables management company that provided multiple revenue recovery services. She went on to co-found Advicare, a clinical denial recovery company. Stacy received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans and her Master of Law in Health Law from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. She is also an active member of the HFMA, AAHAM, and AHLA (American Health Lawyers Association) and certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. Email

Aerospace Center for Excellence/Sun ‘n Fun

Sun ‘n Fun is the second largest air event in the world and is Florida’s largest annual convention. The 200 acre site hosts public and private events the other 51 weeks of the ...

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Aerospace Center for Excellence/Sun ‘n Fun

Sun ‘n Fun is the second largest air event in the world and is Florida’s largest annual convention. The 200 acre site hosts public and private events the other 51 weeks of the year and is home to educational facilities, the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Florida Air Museum.

Greg Gibson

Greg Gibson has been involved in airshow marketing and operations for over 15 years. From team coordination and marketing for some of the world’s top performers to operating the nation’s second largest aviation event, Greg has been extensively involved in every level of airshow production. He is a 1000+ hour commercial pilot,  holds an instrument rating in both single and multi-engine aircraft, and is currently the Director of Operations and Business Development at SUN ‘n FUN. Prior to entering aviation, he had a successful career in racing and motorsports management and marketing. He attended the University of Alabama, majoring in Physics and Aerospace Engineering. Greg is married to his lovely wife of 25 years, Jackie, and has two beautiful girls, Miranda and Reagan. Email

AgAmerica Lending

AgAmerica is a nationwide agriculture lender with over $1BB in assets under management. As part of its corporate structure, AgAmerica (the manager) operates the first agriculture m...

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AgAmerica Lending

AgAmerica is a nationwide agriculture lender with over $1BB in assets under management. As part of its corporate structure, AgAmerica (the manager) operates the first agriculture mortgage REIT (mREIT) in the U.S. providing a niche agriculture debt investment vehicle.

Brian Philpot

Brian Philpot is the CEO and Principal Owner of AgAmerica Lending. His background includes extensive experience in real estate investing, agriculture lending, real estate law, market analysis, and negotiation. Brian received his B.S. in Finance, cum laude with honors in investments from Florida State University. He earned a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, University of Florida College of Law. Email

 

Mac Miller

McAlpin Thomas “Mac” Miller has worked with AgAmerica for five years, moving up through different sectors, including evaluating and analyzing large real estate transactions, mobile home financing, as well as competitive office projects. Today he is on the lending side, heading the Transitional Lending department. Mac received his B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University where he served as the University’s Interfraternity Council President. There, he was also a member of the Tiger Brotherhood, Blue Key Honor Society, CU Ducks Unlimited, and a member of the Wildlife Society. Email

Allen & Company of Florida

Keith Albritton
A Polk County native, Keith Albritton graduated from the University of Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. While a student at Florida, he...

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Allen & Company of Florida

Keith Albritton

A Polk County native, Keith Albritton graduated from the University of Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. While a student at Florida, he was also a 4-year letterman on the golf team, during which time, the team won over 15 team titles and 2 SEC Championships. Pursuing his passion for golf, Keith turned Pro in 1991, where his accomplishments included numerous highlights and eight wins as a Pro. In July 1996, Keith joined Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. as a Financial Advisor. Currently, serving as Sr. Vice President, additional leadership responsibilities include being a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Allen & Company. Email

Ralph Allen

Ralph is a Lakeland native and spent his summers during high school working for Allen & Company. After graduating from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, in North Carolina, in 1963 he joined the firm as a Financial Advisor Trainee. He became a Vice President in 1970 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board and CEP upon the death of his father, J. Everett Allen in 1979. He is currently the Chairman of the Board at Allen & Company. Ralph holds Series 7, Series 65 and Series 24 licenses as well as Life and Variable Annuities. Email

Aspyre Properties

Aspyre Properties is a property management and leasing firm serving central Florida. The company has a portfolio of state of the art facilities to meet a variety of commercial prop...

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Aspyre Properties

Aspyre Properties is a property management and leasing firm serving central Florida. The company has a portfolio of state of the art facilities to meet a variety of commercial property needs.

Wesley Beck

Wesley Beck is President of Aspyre Properties, a private equity firm focused on investments in a variety of industries and industrial development. He also serves as CEO of Advanced Concept Innovations, a medical device company and was formerly a founding partner in Florida Flavors, a specialty manufacturer of flavors and fragrances. Wesley is currently serving as chair of the LEDC High Skill Committee. Email

Avon Leasing

Avon Leasing, Inc. has provided equipment financing and leasing services for more than thirty years. The Avon team helps businesses determine the best possible options to keep over...

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Avon Leasing

Avon Leasing, Inc. has provided equipment financing and leasing services for more than thirty years. The Avon team helps businesses determine the best possible options to keep overhead costs down, realize tax benefits, and encourage cash flow.

J.J. Weeks

J.J. Weeks is President of Avon Leasing, Inc. He holds the designation of Certified Vehicle Leasing Expert. J.J. is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Email

Bank of Central Florida

Bank of Central Florida brings intelligent banking to the local marketplace. Experienced bankers, knowledge of the business climate, and state-of-the-art technology combined with a...

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Bank of Central Florida

Bank of Central Florida brings intelligent banking to the local marketplace. Experienced bankers, knowledge of the business climate, and state-of-the-art technology combined with a true interest in the customer’s success result in greater customer satisfaction.

Paul Noris

Paul Noris is the President and CEO of Bank of Central Florida. Prior to joining Bank of Central Florida, Paul was the Lakeland city president for SunTrust Bank, Mid-Florida. His time in the commercial area began as a relationship manager and progressed from managing a local unit to managing the commercial lending function for SunTrust, Mid-Florida, while also carrying the title of city president. Paul has lived in Lakeland since 1996 and has served on the boards of various civic organizations during that time. He is former chair of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the past president of the Explorations V Children’s Museum. Paul received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida. Email

Randy Hollen

Randy Hollen is Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender for the Bank of Central of Florida. A native of Pennsylvania, Randy received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marietta College in 1983. He began his banking career immediately thereafter before moving to Florida in 1985. Since that time, Randy has worked with SunTrust Bank and two community banks in commercial lending roles, including all forms of commercial transactions such as real estate, equipment and tax exempt transactions. He has been a resident of Lakeland since 1991 and has served in various community service roles. He is a 1995 graduate of Louisiana State University’s School of Banking of the South. Email

Baron Realty

Baron Realty is a real estate consulting firm that has served Lakeland for more than 20 years. It specializes in leasing management, and office and retail property sales. Baron off...

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Baron Realty

Baron Realty is a real estate consulting firm that has served Lakeland for more than 20 years. It specializes in leasing management, and office and retail property sales. Baron offers full service property management services that promote worry free ownership.

Cory Petcoff

Cory Petcoff, President of Baron Realty, is a seasoned commercial real estate professional with extensive background in investment analysis, property management and leasing. Petcoff is the recipient of the prestigious Top General Brokerage Producer Award in a seven county region offered by the Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of Realtors. He serves as the commercial real estate consultant and manager to multiple insurance companies who have diversified their investment portfolios through high quality investment grade commercial real estate. His background also includes forming and subsequently managing investor owned limited liability companies which seek to develop a high quality real estate portfolio. Petcoff is a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent as well as a Licensed Real Estate Broker. Email

BB&T

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $221.9 billion in assets and market capitalization of $29.0 billion. Based in Winston-Salem, N....

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BB&T

BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $221.9 billion in assets and market capitalization of $29.0 billion. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 2,249 financial centers in 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. BB&T takes pride in its community banking model which allows for local decision making.

Lori Hollingsworth

Lori Hollingsworth, a Lakeland native, has been in the banking business over twenty years, beginning her career at Citrus and Chemical Bank, transitioning to Colonial, and now BB&T. Lori matches client needs with the best banking products to improve their financial management and future. BB&T will transform through a merger of equals as SunTrust Bank and BB&T will become Truist late 2019. Email

 

 

BecKryger Capital Partners

BecKryger Capital Partners (BCP) is a private equity capital firm created to identify companies that are in need of an exit strategy or are in need of equity capital to allow for g...

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BecKryger Capital Partners

BecKryger Capital Partners (BCP) is a private equity capital firm created to identify companies that are in need of an exit strategy or are in need of equity capital to allow for growth of an existing enterprise.

Wesley Beck

Wesley Beck is President of BecKryger Capital Partners LLLP, a private equity firm focused on investments in a variety of industries and industrial development. Wesley was formerly a founding partner in Florida Flavors Inc., a specialty manufacturer of flavors and fragrances. Email

Beechwood Hotel Group

Beechwood Lakeland Hotel II, LLC owns and manages Staybridge Suites Lakeland, Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, and Hampton Inn Bartow. The company also manages eight other properties th...

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Beechwood Hotel Group

Beechwood Lakeland Hotel II, LLC owns and manages Staybridge Suites Lakeland, Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, and Hampton Inn Bartow. The company also manages eight other properties throughout the U. S. The new Staybridge Suites in Lakeland offers a more innovative hospitality experience in this market by meeting the needs of extended-stay travelers visiting for business or leisure travel. Staybridge is conveniently located next to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and features a total of 79 suites.

Marci Johnson

Marci Johnson is the Regional  Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, Hampton Inn Bartow, and the NEW Staybridge Suites Lakeland. Marci has over 20 years of hotels sales experience in different markets in the United States including: California, Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina and now Florida. She has always enjoyed serving on the tourist development and lodging association committees. Email

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Bernie Little Distributors

Bernie Little Distributors is a locally owned beverage wholesaler since 1972. With 150 employees, 2 locations and 68,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, the distributorship services Po...

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Bernie Little Distributors

Bernie Little Distributors is a locally owned beverage wholesaler since 1972. With 150 employees, 2 locations and 68,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space, the distributorship services Polk, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. Since 2010, Bernie Little Distributors has been honored by Anheuser-Busch as an Ambassador of Excellence.

Joe Little

Joe Little is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bernie Little Distributors. Joe continues a rich history of innovation and efficiency in beverage distribution.

 

 

 

Biller Reinhart Engineering Group

BillerReinhart Engineering Group, founded in 2001, performs such tasks as site assessments, report preparation, structural analysis, structural design, deposition testimony, apprai...

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Biller Reinhart Engineering Group

BillerReinhart Engineering Group, founded in 2001, performs such tasks as site assessments, report preparation, structural analysis, structural design, deposition testimony, appraisal hearing testimony, and trial testimony. Robert J. Reinhart and Michael H. Biller actively manage the firm which has grown to a team of engineers with over 180 years of combined experience.

Robert J. Reinhart

Robert Reinhart, PE has extensive experience in the fields of structural engineering and building envelope consulting. Mr. Reinhart is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Mississippi, Indiana, North Carolina, and Alabama with 25 years of experience. He serves as a consultant for legal issues involving buildings and other structures, including structural failures, building settlement related damage, storm/wind damage, insect damage, fire damage, and vehicular impact. Email

Boring Business Systems

Boring Business Systems is your comprehensive resource for all of your business needs, with one number to call for networking, electronic document storage, scanning, printing, copy...

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Boring Business Systems

Boring Business Systems is your comprehensive resource for all of your business needs, with one number to call for networking, electronic document storage, scanning, printing, copying, and faxing solutions.  The company has gone through many changes over the last 90 years, growing with the times and the Lakeland community. Today, Boring Business Systems is located just east of downtown Lakeland in a historic building, not far from where the company was originally founded in 1924, and has over forty-five employees providing managed business services in Polk, Hillsborough, Highlands, & Hardee Counties.

Dean Boring

Dean Boring is CEO of Boring Business systems. Dean grew up in the company, which was started by his grandfather in 1924 as Lakeland Typewriter & Supply Co. His focus on customer service is a value that has been passed down through generations of the Boring family. Dean has a history of serving the Lakeland community including public service as a city commissioner and member and officer on the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority. He encourages team members to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of others. Email

Brennan Investment Group

Brennan Investment Group is a value add industrial property owner led by a team of industrial specialists. The group has a national portfolio throughout major regions of the United...

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Brennan Investment Group

Brennan Investment Group is a value add industrial property owner led by a team of industrial specialists. The group has a national portfolio throughout major regions of the United States including Central Florida.

Robert J. Krueger

Robert J. Krueger is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Brennan Investment Group. He is responsible for industrial property transactions in Central Florida. Mr. Krueger is among the most accomplished industrial professionals in the Florida market, with 37 years of experience in construction, development, and acquisitions. From 1997 to 2009, Mr. Krueger was the key executive in building First Industrial’s portfolio in Central Florida. During his tenure with First Industrial Mr. Krueger acquired and developed over 5 million square feet of industrial and flex space in the Florida market for such tenants as Home Depot, J.C. Penney, Caterpillar Tractor, Haverty’s Furniture and Walgreen’s. Before leaving First Industrial, Mr. Krueger was in charge of managing First Industrial’s Florida portfolio of nearly 3 million square feet, and 821 acres, in Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Email

Buckner Commercial Properties

Whether a client is leasing, buying or selling a property, Buckner Commercial Properties will negotiate a fully competitive comprehensive arrangement, which meets the client’s go...

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Buckner Commercial Properties

Whether a client is leasing, buying or selling a property, Buckner Commercial Properties will negotiate a fully competitive comprehensive arrangement, which meets the client’s goals and also covers the dozens of details that frequently make the difference in long-term satisfaction. Over the past 30 years David has served many well-known local, regional and national companies in leasing and sales assignments for office and industrial properties.

David Buckner

David Buckner, SIOR, entered the commercial and industrial real estate brokerage business in 1984 and has exclusively serviced the Lakeland, Central Florida market since 1994. David is widely recognized as one of the markets most professional and knowledgeable commercial brokers. Email

CareerSource Polk

CareerSource Polk is one of 24 Regional Workforce Boards within the State of Florida providing workforce employment and training assistance to the Polk county community. The non-pr...

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CareerSource Polk

CareerSource Polk is one of 24 Regional Workforce Boards within the State of Florida providing workforce employment and training assistance to the Polk county community. The non-profit corporation is dedicated to preparing and upgrading a skilled workforce helping thousands of businesses find employees and remain leaders within their industry.

Stacy Campbell-Domineck

Stacy Campbell Domineck serves as the President & CEO for CareerSource Polk. Stacy leads a workforce system consisting of two full service career centers, a Mobile Unit, an Administrative Office and an Employer Services division within the fourth largest county in land mass in Florida. Stacy joined Polk Works WorkForce 2020 as the Assistant Director and within 2 years was promoted to Program Director, where she remained for four years before her appointment as President & CEO of CareerSource Polk (formerly Polk Works) in September 2006. Ten prior years as a college administrator has enhanced her expertise in the areas of counseling/coaching, training, and facilities and process management. Email 

Carpenter Company

Carpenter Company is the world’s largest producer of comfort cushioning products. The company may not be well recognized, but people come in contact with its products every day. ...

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Carpenter Company

Carpenter Company is the world’s largest producer of comfort cushioning products. The company may not be well recognized, but people come in contact with its products every day. Carpenter helps make carpet cushier, furniture cozier, and bedding more plush. Carpenter's guiding principles of continuous improvement, innovation, customer service and integrity are as important now as they were at its founding in 1948. Their commitment to these principles drives everything they do, every day, for every customer, and has made Carpenter Company a worldwide leader in the industry, the industries they serve and the products they deliver. Carpenter truly strives to bring comfort to  life. The Lakeland operation employs approximately 200 employees on a 33 acres site with nearly 500,000 sq/ft of manufacturing under roof.

Clint Novotny

Clint Novotny is the general manager at Carpenter Company. He's been with the cushioning products company since 2001. Email

CBRE

Rian Smith, SIOR is the senior member of CBRE’s Industrial Services brokerage team consisting of Kris Courier and Courtney Vestal. Combined, the team has over 30 years of experie...

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CBRE

Rian Smith, SIOR is the senior member of CBRE’s Industrial Services brokerage team consisting of Kris Courier and Courtney Vestal. Combined, the team has over 30 years of experience in sales, leasing and underwriting of industrial facilities including; both landlord and tenant representation, land transactions and institutional and private investments.

Rian Smith

Since 2005, Rian has consistently been one of the Top Brokers in the Tampa Bay region. Prior to joining CBRE, Smith served as Director for Cushman & Wakefield’s Industrial Brokerage Group in Tampa, where he oversaw a portfolio in excess of six million square feet. He holds a B.A. in marketing from Dominican College. Email

CED/Raybro

Since its inception, Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) has focused on meeting its customers’ electrical requirements – one customer at a time. Even though CED has one ...

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CED/Raybro

Since its inception, Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) has focused on meeting its customers’ electrical requirements – one customer at a time. Even though CED has one of the nations’s largest electrical distribution networks with over 580 locations from coast to coast, CED still does business based on the needs of the individual. That’s the way it was when CED began in 1957; and that’s the way it will always be. CED’s policy of “Service, Integrity, Reliability” is the driving force in every community served. Customer service is given highest priority at each CED location. By combining an acute awareness of the local community’s needs with the support of CED’s nationwide resources, customers are assured of a consistently high level of service.

Brian Samson

Brian Samson, the manager of CED/Raybro Lakeland, is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Email

Centennial Bank

Centennial Bank is a customer focused bank that provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking and financial services. Founded over two decades ago, Centennial is regarded...

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Centennial Bank

Centennial Bank is a customer focused bank that provides a broad range of commercial and retail banking and financial services. Founded over two decades ago, Centennial is regarded as the "Best Bank in America" by Forbes.

Karen Houtz

Karen Houtz is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender for Centennial Bank. She has over 20 years of lending experience in the Central Florida area inclusive of administration, underwriting and portfolio management. Karen moved back to Lakeland in 1997 after traveling the world with her family while her father was in the U.S. Marine Corps. She is a fourth generation Lakeland citizen. Karen spends much of her free time horseback riding and participating in animal rescue transports. She is involved in many community organizations.    Email

CenterState Bank

CenterState Bank began more than 25 years ago in Polk, Osceola, and Pasco counties. It now operates in 44 counties in three states: Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Serving diverse c...

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CenterState Bank

CenterState Bank began more than 25 years ago in Polk, Osceola, and Pasco counties. It now operates in 44 counties in three states: Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Serving diverse communities, CenterState encourages local banks to make local decisions tailoring quality service to a variety of markets.

Dale Dreyer

Dale Dreyer has over 25 years of banking experience and is the Central Florida Regional President for CenterState Bank. Dale is responsible for all banking functions including retail banking, commercial banking, treasury management, residential lending, wealth management and consumer lending for Polk, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties. Dale’s management of the Central Florida Region includes, 2 Community Presidents, 2 Area Executives, 22 commercial RMs, 22 branch managers, 25 offices, with over 129 employees and over $2 billion in assets. Dale received his BS in Accounting and his MBA in Finance from Auburn University. He currently serves on multiple community boards including Lakeland Regional Health and the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland. Email

Michael Clanton

Michael Clanton, Senior Vice President and Area Executive for Lakeland, has over 16 years in banking. He began his career in 2001 and gained experience in retail banking, special assets and commercial lending. He received his B.S. in Finance from the University of West Georgia and went on to graduate from the Florida School of Banking at the University of Florida. Clanton is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class 34, Board Chair for Heartland for Children, and a member of the Board of Trustees for The Schools of McKeel Academy. Mike truly exemplifies CenterState’s core values on a daily basis and has been helpful in mentoring new commercial bankers in the Lakeland market. Email

 

Central Florida Development

Central Florida Development (CFD) is a full service real estate development, construction, and property management company. CFD acquires and develops office and industrial building...

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Central Florida Development

Central Florida Development (CFD) is a full service real estate development, construction, and property management company. CFD acquires and develops office and industrial buildings, while also serving as the General Contractor. In addition, CFD serves as its own property manager, and compliments its in-house leasing expertise with third-party broker representation, creating a unique "single" point of contact for its customers.

Rich LeFrois

Following graduation from upstate New York’s Alfred University in 1972, Rich assumed the roles of President and Chief Executive Officer of Russell P. LeFrois Builder, Inc, a company founded by his father. Rich plays a major role in every LeFrois project as the leader of his management team and continuously provides valuable direction to all phases of his construction and development projects. His dynamic technical skills as well as his enthusiasm, genuine integrity and passion for success, make him the driving force behind the LeFrois companies growing and prospering in a highly competitive environment.  Rich has brought his proven strategy for successful commercial development and construction to Lakeland, Florida. Currently, Central Florida Development is developing 300 acres in the Lakeland area. Email

Central Florida SurgiCenter

Central Florida SurgiCenter is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center where surgeons perform a broad range of outpatient procedures. The center offers a safe, convenient, alt...

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Central Florida SurgiCenter

Central Florida SurgiCenter is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center where surgeons perform a broad range of outpatient procedures. The center offers a safe, convenient, alternative to inpatient hospitalization. Fully licensed by both the State of Florida and the federal Medicare program, the center serves both Polk and Hillsborough counties.

Jan Townsend

Jan Townsend has served as the administrator of Central Florida SurgiCenter for over twenty years. CFSC is a multi-specialty surgery center that is privately owned. CFSC provides surgical services for ophthalmology, ENT, orthopedic, pain, podiatry, GI, general surgery and plastic surgery patients. Email

Charter Spectrum

State Government Affairs Director at Charter Communications

Charter Communications is America’s fastest growing TV, internet and voice company. The organization is committed to integrating the highest quality service with superior enterta...

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Charter Spectrum

State Government Affairs Director at Charter Communications

Charter Communications is America’s fastest growing TV, internet and voice company. The organization is committed to integrating the highest quality service with superior entertainment and communications products. Charter is at the intersection of technology and entertainment, facilitating essential communications that connect more than 26 million residential and business customers in 41 states. The bedrock of Charter’s business strategy is their commitment to serving customers and exceeding their expectations. This philosophy guides its 94,000 employees.

Chris Bailey

Chris is experienced in government administration, nonprofits, politics, policy analysis, and strategic planning. He joined Charter in 2018 and is the Director of State Government Affairs for Florida. Email

Chastain Skillman

At Chastain-Skillman, we have one goal…to surpass our client’s expectations, combining innovative engineering, local expertise, and steady communication to deliver results that...

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Chastain Skillman

At Chastain-Skillman, we have one goal…to surpass our client’s expectations, combining innovative engineering, local expertise, and steady communication to deliver results that stand the test of time. Whether the project involves private development or public infrastructure, Chastain-Skillman will do it right, the first time, on time, and within budget. Our client’s success is the pendulum upon which we measure our success.

Jay Chastain

Jay Chastain was recently named the President of Chastain-Skillman, Inc. Jay is the third generation to assume the role of President as he carries on the tradition of his grandfather Roy Chastain, who founded the firm 65 years ago. Like his father, Jim, Jay was a fixture around the office during his teen years and learned much about the firm’s operations and computer systems from an early age. Under Jay’s leadership the firm went through a complete rebranding and implementation of a state-of-the-art IT system. Jay received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is a proud Gator. In addition to his involvement with the firm, Jay is an active in the Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association, United Way, Leadership Winter Haven. Email

Jason Alligood

Jason Alligood is the Director of Civil Engineering at Chastain-Skillman.  He has over 15 years of multi-discipline engineering experience working for both municipal and private sector clients in the areas of Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering.  His experience includes project management, design, permitting, and construction management for residential developments, commercial developments, industrial developments, water distribution and wastewater collection systems, roadways, parks, and landfills.  Jason graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Florida.  In addition to his involvement at Chastain-Skillman, Jason is active in Rotary, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Florida Engineering Society. Email

Cipher Integrations/Qgiv

Cipher provides comprehensive technology services including local and wide-area network design, installation, and managed network services.

According to Mastercard, 73 percent o...

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Cipher Integrations/Qgiv

Cipher provides comprehensive technology services including local and wide-area network design, installation, and managed network services.

According to Mastercard, 73 percent of Americans carry cash less frequently than they did a decade ago therefore efforts by philanthropic and religious organizations to obtain and maintain donations are more challenging than ever before. Qgiv provides organizations the ability to attract new supporters, retain loyal donors, and engage both through powerful technological tools.

Todd Baylis

Todd Baylis is President and a founder of Qgiv, a Lakeland-based company that enables organizations across the US and beyond to quickly, securely and easily receive donations and effectively manage event registrations. Todd is also President of Cipher Integrations, a network services, internet technology and software development provider in Lakeland. He holds a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from Florida State University and Masters in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. Email

Citrus Connection-Mass Transit

Public transit in Polk County is provided by the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, operating as Citrus Connection, which includes all public transportation within the county, as...

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Citrus Connection-Mass Transit

Public transit in Polk County is provided by the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, operating as Citrus Connection, which includes all public transportation within the county, as well as all paratransit service. For years, public transit was made up as three agencies operating independently of each other, creating some challenges for riders who want to utilize the transit system throughout the county. Today, those services, personnel and assets are together working to bring you a top quality transit system under one simplified banner, Citrus Connection. The latest Citrus Connection initiative is Re-Route 2020, a plan to provide more options for citizens and employees with a user-friendly bus system.

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips is the Executive Director of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District a/k/a The Citrus Connection and the Polk Transit Authority. Tom came to Citrus Connection from Michigan City, Indiana in August of 2011. He was employed at PACE Suburban Bus in Arlington Heights, Illinois as Senior Project Manager II, Paratransit Operations Support. He managed the largest US Paratransit site and nation’s largest Trapeze Paratransit site. He has a fixed route background from previous employment. Tom grew up in Minnetonka, Minneapolis before he earned his degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. He has been married to his wife Michelle since 2001. Email

City of Lakeland

More than 250,000 people live in the Lakeland urban area. The City of Lakeland owns Lakeland Electric, Lakeland’s Airport, the RP Funding Center, and employs over 2,600.
Mayor B...

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City of Lakeland

More than 250,000 people live in the Lakeland urban area. The City of Lakeland owns Lakeland Electric, Lakeland’s Airport, the RP Funding Center, and employs over 2,600.

Mayor Bill Mutz

Bill Mutz, a native of Indianapolis and an Indiana University graduate, moved to Lakeland in 1996 where he became President of the Lakeland Automall. In 2012, Bill left the Lakeland Automall and took on the role of Managing Partner for both Greenstar Panels & Greenovative Homes. Then, in 2014, Bill became a Senior Consultant for Claridge Associates, where he remains today. Mayor Mutz and his wife, Pam, have been married for over 40 years and are parents of 12 children and have 19 grandchildren. Email

Tony Delgado

City Manager Tony Delgado began work with the City of Lakeland in January 1997 as Assistant Director for The Lakeland Center. He became Assistant City Manager in November 2000 and was appointed City Manager in January 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks & Community/Commercial Recreation from Southern Illinois University. Tony has been active in the community including serving on the boards of: Central Florida Speech and Hearing, the United Way, VISTE, and Interact Alliance. He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland XVIII and Leadership Polk Class II. Email

Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.

Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A. is a general business firm with numerous Board certified attorneys whose practice areas include real estate development, purchase, sa...

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Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.

Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A. is a general business firm with numerous Board certified attorneys whose practice areas include real estate development, purchase, sale, and lease transactions; title work; business law and transactions; land use and entitlements; mergers and acquisitions; tax, estate planning, probate, wills and trusts; commercial loan transactions; and commercial and real estate litigation.

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell is a partner with the firm. Tim received his law degree from the University of Florida Law School in 1988.  Tim is certified as an expert in both Real Estate Law and Local Government Law by the Florida Bar Board of Specialization, and practices primarily in the areas of Commercial Real Estate Development and Transactions; Land Use, Entitlements and Regulatory Law; Business Law and Transactions; Commercial Lending; and Environmental Law. Email

Clark/Nikdel/Powell (CNP)

CNP consults with clients on advertising, brand development and online marketing projects in a variety of industries, including financial services, education, tourism, economic dev...

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Clark/Nikdel/Powell (CNP)

CNP consults with clients on advertising, brand development and online marketing projects in a variety of industries, including financial services, education, tourism, economic development and agriculture.

Alex Nikdel

Alex Nikdel is President and a second generation partner at Clark/Nikdel/Powell (CNP). A Polk County native and graduate of the University of Florida, Alex has 15+ years of experience as a digital marketing consultant and led CNP’s transition from a traditional advertising design shop into a modern, digitally-focused marketing agency. He has prior experience at a search engine and online directory, a software development company and as a consultant in Walt Disney World’s Industrial Engineering department. Email

 

Colliers International-Tampa Bay

The Colliers team represents users, tenants and owners of industrial properties in Tampa Bay and the I-4 Corrridor. They are experienced in logistics and distribution, manufacturin...

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Colliers International-Tampa Bay

The Colliers team represents users, tenants and owners of industrial properties in Tampa Bay and the I-4 Corrridor. They are experienced in logistics and distribution, manufacturing, food services, cold storage and freezer facilities, retail and furniture distribution and environmentally impaired/ Brownfield Properties and have an extensive background in site development, land, portfolio leasing and industrial valuation and disposition. Clients current and former include First Industrial, ProLogis, The Rockefeller Group, Brennan Investments, Havertys, Ashley Furniture, Winn Dixie, Wells Fargo, IndCor, GLP, First Industrial, Duke Realty Services, Americold Logistics, Uriah Urban Farms, TA Associates.

Ed Miller

Ed specializes in industrial sales, leasing, site selection, land and investment sales. a 20+ year veteran of the Tampa real estate market, he was managing partner of Corporate Real Estate Services prior to its merger with Colliers International Tampa Bay Florida. Ed’s specialties include market studies, valuation, acquisition, disposition, leasing, consultation and repositioning to increase value. He understands logistics and site layout. His market knowledge is thorough and current, with a history of personal experience, and interesting stories, on every industrial building and parcel of commercial land between Tampa and Orlando. The Miller/Seymour team has been recognized as an effective blend of experience, market knowledge, strategic planning, negotiation skills and process management. Email

Colorado Boxed Beef

Colorado Boxed Beef is a premier protein distributor in the United States and internationally. The company supplies the leading independent and chain grocery stores, cruise lines, ...

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Colorado Boxed Beef

Colorado Boxed Beef is a premier protein distributor in the United States and internationally. The company supplies the leading independent and chain grocery stores, cruise lines, food service distributors, restaurants, the United States Military, amusement –theme parks and many other food purveyors with quality products, competitive pricing  and superior service. Partners home and abroad rely on our meat distribution expertise to complete more than 6,000 deliveries per week with a 99% on time and order completion rate.

John Rattigan

John Rattigan is president and CEO of Colorado Boxed Beef with over twenty years of experience with the distributor. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida's College of Business Administration. Email

 

 

Core Wealth Advisors, Inc.

Core Wealth Advisors provides financial and tax planning, asset protection consulting, and wealth management services all in one place. We pride ourselves on partnering with our cl...

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Core Wealth Advisors, Inc.

Core Wealth Advisors provides financial and tax planning, asset protection consulting, and wealth management services all in one place. We pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to deliver a crafted financial advisory experience encompassing all facets of our clients’ lives. As a fee-only fiduciary advisor, we sell no investment products. At CORE, clients gain access to our entire team which includes CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS) team members. CORE knows indiscriminate financial plans don’t work for individualized goals, and we aim to remove the clutter and confusion from our clients’ financial life so they can focus on their next step.

Chuck Foss

Chuck Foss is a co-founder of Core Wealth Advisors, Inc., a Certified Public Accountant and a Personal Financial Specialist, a designation recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves as the managing partner and focuses on strategic direction of the firm. He is also an integral member of the firm’s investment committee, and as a Financial Advisor enjoys working closely with clients to provide pathways for clients to achieve their goals. Chuck came to Lakeland in 1976 to attend Florida Southern College. He and his wife Lisa have two grown children, Ashley and Andrew, who both reside in Lakeland. They enjoy spending time with family and traveling to the mountains with their two Labrador retrievers, Bailey and Sadie. Email

 

CPS Investment Advisors

CPS Investment Advisors is a fee-only, independent financial advisory firm that began in Lakeland over forty years ago. Building trusting and long-lasting relationships with client...

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CPS Investment Advisors

CPS Investment Advisors is a fee-only, independent financial advisory firm that began in Lakeland over forty years ago. Building trusting and long-lasting relationships with clients is the key to designing comprehensive financial plans that deliver long-term security and success.

James Luffman

James M. Luffman, CPA/PFS is a principal of CPS Investment Advisors. He began his professional career in Washington D.C. with American Security Bank as an Operations Manager in their $3 billion Trust Department. Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Accounting from Florida State University. He is board certified as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) as designated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also received the Certificate of Educational Achievement in Personal Financial Planning. Jim joined the CPS team in 1986. He has years of experience with investments, financial planning, accounting, and taxation. Jim is a frequent lecturer on financial planning and investments. Email

Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt Architects

Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt Architects provides comprehensive and innovative architectural, master planning and interior design services. Celebrating 40 years in business, the firm is r...

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Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt Architects

Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt Architects provides comprehensive and innovative architectural, master planning and interior design services. Celebrating 40 years in business, the firm is recognized for enduring client relationships, creative solutions and thorough design documents. The majority of work by Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt is with municipalities, industrial companies, religious institutions, universities, and public and private schools in Lakeland and the surrounding area. With five registered architects and three LEED accredited professionals, the firm has the proven expertise to successfully complete a broad range of project types, from small renovations to multi-million dollar facilities.

Ben Mundy

Ben Mundy AIA, LEED AP is a managing partner, he joined Curtis Mundy Hunnicutt in 1981. Ben’s design experience has focused primarily on educational and municipal facilities, as well as industrial and office design. Email

Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. A market leader in the I-4...

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Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. A market leader in the I-4 corridor, the firm is consistently ranked among the region's top brokerage firms and property managers since opening offices in the Tampa and Orlando over  35 years ago. Over the past several decades, Cushman & Wakefield has grown to employ close to 200 professional team members in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas who provide expertise in all of the company’s vertically integrated services.

Julia Silva Rettig

Julia is the Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Davis Industrial Team where she leads the Industrial User and Landlord Leasing Practice that has 6.7 million square feet of Landlord product throughout Central Florida. In 2015, the team leased over 1.2 million square feet of space in 74 transactions with 56 of those deals being direct transactions. Julia Silva Rettig has been active in Tampa Bay commercial real estate since 1992. The team will also provide expertise in industrial tenant representation, building sales, land transactions and the redesign and re-positioning of challenging industrial properties. The team is currently representing two industrial development projects that will deliver over 1.5 million square feet of new product in Tampa and Lakeland. Email

Jared Bonshire

Jared Bonshire joined Cushman & Wakefield of Florida, Inc. in September of 2006 as a brokerage associate, a hire as part of the Junior Executive in Training program. As a part of this program, Jared was able to experience and learn from some of the best brokers in the business in all phases of commercial real estate. During his career, Jared has completed retail, office, industrial, property management and capital market transactions because of this well rounded tutelage. In 2008, Jared decided to focus on Industrial Real Estate with a newly formed partnership with Lee Morris, one of the leading brokers in the Orlando market. Since coming together as a team, they have consistently proven themselves as market leaders on a production basis. Email

DS Services of America

DS Services is the largest distributor of bottled water in North America and also operates in 18 foreign countries. DS Services also offers brewed coffee and tea beverages, office ...

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DS Services of America

DS Services is the largest distributor of bottled water in North America and also operates in 18 foreign countries. DS Services also offers brewed coffee and tea beverages, office break room supplies, and water filtration systems, equipment and supplies. Several of its bottled water brands have been serving customers for more than 100 years.

 

Emily Rogers Consulting+Coaching

At Emily Rogers Consulting + Coaching, we believe in you and your capacity to realize your full potential.
Our decades of real-world business experience, post-graduate education, ...

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Emily Rogers Consulting+Coaching

At Emily Rogers Consulting + Coaching, we believe in you and your capacity to realize your full potential.
Our decades of real-world business experience, post-graduate education, and advanced training in coaching, team development, psychology, and mindfulness qualifies us to be your trusted guides and advisors. We care deeply about our clients – and it shows in every interaction.
The services we offer include:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Team Coaching
  • Leadership Development Training
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation
  • Keynote Speaking
  • Leadership & Organizational Assessments
  • Life, Career & Business Coaching

Emily Rogers

As a business consultant, executive coach and retreat facilitator, Emily strategically advises and supports businesses, teams and individuals in growing and realizing their full potential in purposeful and balanced ways. Described by the The Ledger as bringing a “fresh face to leadership”, Emily authors a monthly column intended to inspire leadership excellence. Prior to starting her business in 2013, as President & Chief Growth officer of IEG (a WPP company), she advised Fortune 100 brands, professional sports teams, entertainment properties and global nonprofits on how to form mutually beneficial strategic alliances. Email

Fairfield Inn & Suites Lakeland/Plant City

The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott is owned and operated by Shaner Hotels which operates over 50 hotels in the USA and abroad. The 87 room hotel offers amenities such as comp...

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Lakeland/Plant City

The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott is owned and operated by Shaner Hotels which operates over 50 hotels in the USA and abroad. The 87 room hotel offers amenities such as complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, free Wi- Fi, business center and complimentary local shuttle service just to name a few. Marriott and Shaner hotels are committed to each and every account and guest …offering personal service in the Marriott Tradition.

Angel Tagaca

Angel is the Director of Sales for the Fairfield Inn and Suites which serves the Lakeland and Plant City communities and businesses. Angel has over 15 years of hotel, sales, and food & beverage experience in the local market. Email

Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $133 billion in assets ...

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Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $133 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,309 full-service Banking Centers. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors.

Katrina Lunsford

Katrina is Vice President, Middle Market Relationship Manager and Market Manager for Fifth Third Bank serving Polk County and surrounding areas. A native Floridian, Katrina holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Troy State University. Katrina is experienced in small business and commercial lending, starting her career with Barnett Bank over 30 years ago. Email

Esther Marshall

Committed to cultivating community development strategies, managing community partnerships and providing impactful financial services and products leading to financially healthy people and sustainable communities. Also, responsible for managing and leading the region's compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act with thoughtful programs and partnerships supporting economic development and small business lending, affordable housing and home ownership initiatives as well as supporting efforts to improve the quality of life for underserved communities. Email

Flagler Global Logistics

Flagler has unparalleled resources of prime land holdings, Class-A properties, vast capital, world-class service offerings, and a seasoned team of industry veterans. Flagler has th...

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Flagler Global Logistics

Flagler has unparalleled resources of prime land holdings, Class-A properties, vast capital, world-class service offerings, and a seasoned team of industry veterans. Flagler has the necessary tools to deliver a customized real estate solution to satisfy client needs. A full-service commercial real estate leader, Flagler has 2,500 acres of Florida land, 18 million square feet of industrial space, and 1.5 million square feet of office/retail space.

Andrew Lehrer

Andrew Lehrer, has over a decade of experience in commercial real estate. In his role as Director of Business Development for Flagler Global Logistics, Andrew is responsible for leading transactions for Flagler’s US and Latin America development projects, including 2,500-acres of Florida land with entitlements for over 24 million square feet of development. Email

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Poly is the newest of the state’s 12 public universities and the only polytechnic university in the State University System of Florida. A rigorous curriculum, advance...

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Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Poly is the newest of the state’s 12 public universities and the only polytechnic university in the State University System of Florida. A rigorous curriculum, advanced research equipment, and a focus on solving industry problems with creative solutions is contributing to the growth of a highly skilled technical workforce.

Dr. Randy Avent

Dr. Randy K. Avent is the founding president of Florida Polytechnic University. Dr. Avent brings a wealth of experience as an administrator, scientist, scholar, professor and researcher whose background includes serving in leadership roles at some of the nation’s top research universities and at the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to coming to Florida Poly, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and a Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Dr. Avent is responsible for the development and operation of the university and is committed to strategically developing Florida Poly as a research and jobs university, an agent for growth, and a beacon for the economy. Email

Maggie Mariucci

Maggie Mariucci currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of University Relations for Florida Polytechnic University. Maggie is a 5th generation Polk County resident and brings extensive knowledge of the community and the region to the University. She has had a fifteen year career focused on public affairs, community relations and development. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and has a BS in Public Relations. Email

Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College, the oldest private college in Florida, ranks among the nation's top colleges and universities. Features such as a thriving residential campus life, outsta...

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Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College, the oldest private college in Florida, ranks among the nation's top colleges and universities. Features such as a thriving residential campus life, outstanding academics, engaged learning opportunities, and robust financial assistance produce students with the ability to solve real-world challenges.

Dr. Anne Kerr

Dr. Anne Kerr became the seventeenth president of Florida Southern College in June 2004. Prior to her presidency, Dr. Kerr held several distinguished positions in higher education administration, including vice president at the University of Richmond, vice president at Rollins College, and dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins. Dr. Kerr holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from The Florida State University and a B.A. from Mercer University. She is active in numerous arts and civic organizations and serves on the boards of SunTrust Bank, Mid-Florida; EarthLinked Technologies, Inc.; the Polk Museum of Art; and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Email

Terry Dennis

A graduate of Louisiana State University’s Ourso College of Business Administration, Terry holds the MBA degree from Florida Southern College. He has served Florida Southern College’s department for business affairs for 28 years. As the Vice President for Finance and Administration, his areas of oversight include all financial operations, administrative technology, construction, facilities maintenance, and auxiliary services. He currently serves on the City of Lakeland’s Utility Committee and previously served on the Planning and Zoning Board and the Historic Preservation Board.

Flowers Foods, ButterKrust Bakery

The bakery is a subsidiary of Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO). ButterKrust Bakery produces Nature’s Own, Wonder, and Merita breads and buns, and Cobblestone Bread Co. specialty br...

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Flowers Foods, ButterKrust Bakery

The bakery is a subsidiary of Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO). ButterKrust Bakery produces Nature’s Own, Wonder, and Merita breads and buns, and Cobblestone Bread Co. specialty breads that are sold to retail and foodservice customers throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas by other Flowers bakeries.

Tom Sell

Tom Sell has been involved in baking production for 40 years, joining ButterKrust Bakery in 1995. He serves as Vice President of Operations for the 250,000 sf bakery, which has been a part of the Lakeland community since 1916. Email

GEICO

Government Employees Insurance Company began with a customer base of U.S. government employees and the military. Today the company provides insurance to a wide range of customers. ...

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GEICO

Government Employees Insurance Company began with a customer base of U.S. government employees and the military. Today the company provides insurance to a wide range of customers. A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Fortune magazine has named this property-casualty insurance operation the most admired in the country.

Pionne Corbin

Pionne Corbin is senior vice president of GEICO, with oversight responsibilities for GEICO’s Lakeland, Midwest, and Macon Southeast locations. Before taking on her current duties in 2018, Corbin had been regional vice president with responsibility for all operations in GEICO’s Buffalo, New York, regional office since 2016. Corbin graduated cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in economics.   Email

Graham Packaging Co.

A global company that manufactures customized containers with the latest technologies. The Graham team can modify or invent materials, processes, or even new machinery, producing b...

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Graham Packaging Co.

A global company that manufactures customized containers with the latest technologies. The Graham team can modify or invent materials, processes, or even new machinery, producing breakthroughs in virtually every plastic container category.

Kimberly Calvo

Kimberly Calvo serves as Graham Packaging’s Plant Controller in Lakeland, FL. Graham Packaging is a global leader in plastic packaging solutions. Graham serves customers large and small and offers a wide selection of stock bottles. Email

Chris Murray

Chris Murray serves as Graham Packaging’s Plant Manager in Lakeland. Email

Grasslands Golf and Country Club

Grasslands, a private club in the heart of the Oakbridge community, provides members with the finest golf experience. The club offers an extensive collection of amenities including...

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Grasslands Golf and Country Club

Grasslands, a private club in the heart of the Oakbridge community, provides members with the finest golf experience. The club offers an extensive collection of amenities including the golf course designed by Jerry Pate & Bob Cupp, a resort style swim & tennis club with five har-tru soft tennis courts, first class dining, event space, and warm hospitality.

Steve Knott

Steve is the General Manager and PGA Director of Golf of Grasslands Golf & Country Club responsible for membership development and club operations.  Steve has served the members of Grasslands since 1994 and is a PGA Master Professional and a member of the Club Managers Association of America. Email

GrayRobinson, P.A.

GrayRobinson is a full-service law and lobbying firm with attorneys and government relations professionals throughout offices spanning the State of Florida and Washington, D.C. Our...

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GrayRobinson, P.A.

GrayRobinson is a full-service law and lobbying firm with attorneys and government relations professionals throughout offices spanning the State of Florida and Washington, D.C. Our attorneys, consultants, and regulatory professionals provide legal and government relations services to our clients throughout Florida, our nations's capital, across the country and all over the world. GrayRobinson provides services to Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals.

David Hallock

David commenced the practice of law with the general practice department of a large firm in Miami, Florida. After practicing seven years in Miami, David moved to Lakeland, Florida, in 1997 to focus his practice in corporate business transactions. Presently, David is involved in corporate and business practice, including general corporate and business representation, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax, health care law, banking and wealth protection planning. Email

 

Keith Smith

Keith is a shareholder with the firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, real estate, the representation of lenders and financial institutions and utilities law.  Keith commenced the practice of law in Florida at Citigroup, Inc., in Tampa, Florida, where he served as a Senior Attorney and Vice President. After returning to private practice as a shareholder of a Central Florida law firm, Keith continued to practice in the areas of banking and finance, real estate and corporate law and Keith expanded his practice to include estate planning, business succession planning and wealth preservation planning for business owners and individuals.  As a part of his corporate practice, Keith acts as outside general counsel to multiple businesses, including Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc., one of the largest rural electric cooperative utilities in the nation. Email

Grindley Williams Engineering

Grindley Williams Engineering is a Florida-based, multi-disciplinary engineering firm offering structural design, forensic, geotechnical and geophysical engineering services.  Sin...

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Grindley Williams Engineering

Grindley Williams Engineering is a Florida-based, multi-disciplinary engineering firm offering structural design, forensic, geotechnical and geophysical engineering services.  Since it’s beginning in 2015, GWE has grown from 13 employees to over 50, many of those being professional engineers.  Our structural design team has partnered with architects, general contractors and developers throughout the southeastern U.S. to design more than 10 million square feet of tilt-up concrete warehouse buildings, high-end resort communities, banks, hotels, industrial structures and platforms.  Alongside our structural design team, our geotechnical team designs and tests for construction projects including deep and shallow foundations, retaining structures, pond and pavement design for site development, subsurface remediation, and subsurface soil explorations for site suitability.  Our forensic team is spread throughout the State of Florida, with offices currently opening in North and South Carolina, specializing in assessment of cause, origin, duration, and reparability of property damage from natural and unnatural perils.  Our Geophysical team utilizes ground penetrating radar and other methods to assist in residential/commercial sinkhole studies, geotechnical site characterization, buried utility locating, underground storage tank locating and environmental studies.

Brett Blondell

Brett Blondell is a Business Development Associate for Grindley Williams Engineering and has worked in and around the construction industry for more than 10 years.  Brett is a Lakeland native having attended Lakeland High School and Florida Southern College, where he played for the Mocs golf team from 2002-2006.  Brett has acquired and managed a number of projects throughout the State of Florida.   Email

Hancock Whitney

Hancock Whitney understands that your ideals helps us deliver innovative financial services for your company. From operating accounts with great value to sophisticated financing, o...

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Hancock Whitney

Hancock Whitney understands that your ideals helps us deliver innovative financial services for your company. From operating accounts with great value to sophisticated financing, our job is to understand and anticipate the needs of your business. Hancock offers local expertise in all aspects of Commercial Banking, Treasury Services, International Banking, and specialized financial solutions.

Brian Boyce

Brian Boyce serves as Vice President – Market Leader for the Lakeland branch. He is responsible for developing team and individual strategies for new business development, maintaining and growing the overall middle market and commercial banking portfolio (both credit and non-credit relationships) of companies with sales from $25MM to $1B. Email

Harrell’s

Harrell’s is a leading producer of quality custom blended fertilizers and distributor of chemicals and grass seed for golf course, sports turf, lawn care and horticulture industr...

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Harrell’s

Harrell’s is a leading producer of quality custom blended fertilizers and distributor of chemicals and grass seed for golf course, sports turf, lawn care and horticulture industries. Harrell’s employs more than 300 service-minded employees, including 100 specialty golf, ornamental and turf & landscape products representatives living throughout the U.S. Harrell’s custom-blend fertilizer production exceeds 70,000 tons annually. They serve more than 10,000 customers in the U.S., across the Caribbean and Central and South America as well as the Middle East and Pacific Rim. Growth and success aside, the Harrell’s family remains focused on its 74-year mission: working hard to be the very best supplier and employer, all to further the glory of God’s kingdom.

Jack Harrell, Jr.

Jack Harrell Jr. is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Harrell’s LLC based in Lakeland. Jack continues the tradition that his family began in 1941 of offering quality products and personal service. Email

Hauger-Bunch, Inc.-Commercial Real Estate

Hauger-Bunch, Inc. Realtors is a dynamic commercial, industrial and vacant land brokerage firm active within the I-4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando.  More than 800 Central Flo...

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Hauger-Bunch, Inc.-Commercial Real Estate

Hauger-Bunch, Inc. Realtors is a dynamic commercial, industrial and vacant land brokerage firm active within the I-4 corridor between Tampa and Orlando.  More than 800 Central Florida businesses have benefitted for over 45 years from the Hauger-Bunch in-depth knowledge of the area. The firm offers services in site assembly, sales and leasing, property development and site selection.

David Bunch

David has an extensive background in all phases of commercial real estate, including brokerage, management, development and consulting, with an emphasis on industrial land. He has been involved in the development of five corporate parks. A specialty of David’s is land assembly. He has assembled complicated sites for private uses, municipal, county, state, school board and college entities. David is currently involved, pro bono, in the organization and development of Bonnet Springs Park, a 200 acre multi-dimension park on the former CSX Railyards. He is a member of: SIOR, NAIOP and LAR. He is Past President of LAR, Salvation Army, Kiwanis, Polk Museum of Art and the YMCA. David is a graduate of Florida Southern College. David and wife Jean, an active volunteer, own and operate Bunch Ranch, a cattle operation, and popular go-to place for family and friend get-togethers. Email

Lisa Parks Abberger

Lisa is a Licensed Commercial Broker and industrial and land specialist with Hauger-Bunch, Inc. Realtors, the longest existing local commercial and industrial real estate firm in Polk County.  Lisa’s work with HB has extended over 13 years servicing Polk County and eastern Hillsborough County markets. Unique among brokers, Lisa holds designations as both a SIOR (industrial specialist) as well as an AICP, a professional land planning designation, providing the ability to offer a specialized technical level of service to clients.  She holds a Masters of Science in Planning, and was a Sr. Manager with Ernst & Young consulting.  Lisa’s civic involvement includes serving as chairman of the Charter Commission for Polk County’s first public-referendum approved home rule charter, and she is known for her professionalism and sense of commitment to her clients. Email

Heacock Insurance Group, Inc.

Heacock Insurance is a fifth-generation, family-owned agency, serving Central Florida. An independent insurance agency, with offices in Lakeland and Sebring, provides competitive c...

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Heacock Insurance Group, Inc.

Heacock Insurance is a fifth-generation, family-owned agency, serving Central Florida. An independent insurance agency, with offices in Lakeland and Sebring, provides competitive coverage and price for personal and commercial insurance. Heacock's mission is to offer clients individually-tailored insurance solutions while exceeding their expectations of service.

Jason Heacock

Jason Heacock, President of Heacock Insurance Group, has an extensive background in the insurance industry.  Prior to joining the Agency, Jason worked for an insurance carrier in Atlanta, GA, gaining many years of experience in Claims Management as well as Large Loss Claim Handling.  He now oversees Client Relationships along with Agency Operations for the company’s offices in Lakeland and Sebring.  Jason is active with The Lakeland Rotary Club and the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXII. Email

Henkelman Construction, Inc.

Henkelman Construction, Inc. provides general contracting and construction management services throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The firm specializes...

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Henkelman Construction, Inc.

Henkelman Construction, Inc. provides general contracting and construction management services throughout Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The firm specializes in commercial and industrial construction working with a variety of clients including medical, churches, schools, universities, auto dealerships, and office. As President, Ron oversees the Business Development and Estimating departments within the organization. The company has received LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation.

Ron Henkelman

Ron Henkelman has been a certified General Contractor for over 35 years. After moving to Lakeland in 1980, armed with a degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida, Ron founded Henkelman Construction, Inc. in 1993. Email

 

Hill Ward Henderson

Since its inception in 1986, Hill Ward Henderson has grown steadily based on a client-centered philosophy. Today, the firm has over 100 attorneys offering a wide range of premier c...

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Hill Ward Henderson

Since its inception in 1986, Hill Ward Henderson has grown steadily based on a client-centered philosophy. Today, the firm has over 100 attorneys offering a wide range of premier commercial legal services in nine different practice areas. Hill Ward Henderson also offers additional services such as: client advisories of legal and compliance updates, case law & legislative updates, professional development seminars, webinars, networking opportunities, and briefings regarding important legal issues or changes affecting business practices.

Kirsten Vignec

Kirsten Vignec is a Shareholder in the firm’s Corporate & Tax Group and practice Co-Chair of the Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group. She is currently active in both Florida and California. Kirsten’s practice primarily involves employee benefit matters, including legal matters associated with the design and administration of executive deferred compensation plans, welfare benefit plans, Section 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, and pension plans. Kirsten represents a number of tax-exempt entities as well as for-profit companies. She is a member of the Tax Sections of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, as well as the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar. Email

 

IGT

IGT prints lottery tickets for a majority of states in the U.S. and across the globe. Using a sophisticated production process, IGT is the global leader in gaming products.
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IGT

IGT prints lottery tickets for a majority of states in the U.S. and across the globe. Using a sophisticated production process, IGT is the global leader in gaming products.

Keith Cash

Keith Cash is the vice president & general manager of IGT Instant Products and Services. Keith is responsible for overall management and leadership of IGT’s operation in Lakeland as well as developing and executing IGT’s global business strategy for instant lottery products. His leadership in the IGT organization is formed from more than 25 years of industry experience working with government run lottery organizations around the world. Before joining IGT, Keith began his career on the manufacturing floor and progressed through the ranks to vice president level positions in sales, product management, and operational areas. Keith’s educational background includes a BBA in Management & Marketing as well as an MBA in Management. Email

Rob Anderson

Rob Anderson is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Lakeland instant game production facility including security, graphic design, game programming, prepress, quality control, printing, packaging, warehouse operations, and shipping/receiving.  He has 15 years of lottery industry experience, and 23 years experience in production facility management.  He also has a depth of knowledge in many printing technologies.  Rob earned a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University, and served for 9 years in the USAF. Email

Indie Atlantic Films

Indie Atlantic Films is a full service film production company made up of creative filmmakers. Based in Lakeland and Nashville, Tennessee. Indie uses quality production and beautif...

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Indie Atlantic Films

Indie Atlantic Films is a full service film production company made up of creative filmmakers. Based in Lakeland and Nashville, Tennessee. Indie uses quality production and beautiful storytelling to inspire others and leave a legacy that they're proud of.

Andy McEntire

Andy is founder and owner of Indie Atlantic Films. He has worked in video and digital media production for over 10 years and has produced films for clients all over the world. He has directed national TV shows and produced multiple commercial and brand story. Andy has also created films for many non-profit organizations locally and worldwide. He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University and serves on several local and regional nonprofit boards. Email

JBT Corporation

JBT Corporation is a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries. Through the JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech segments, the company ...

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JBT Corporation

JBT Corporation is a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries. Through the JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech segments, the company designs, manufactures, tests and services technically sophisticated systems and products. Headquartered in Chicago, JBT Corporation's large installed base of food processing systems and airport equipment provides the company with strong market positions within its major product lines.

Carlos Saavedra

Carlos Saavedra, Global Marketing Manager for JBT’s Liquid Food Solutions business, has worked for JBT, and its predecessor FMC, for 32 years in a variety of roles both in the US and abroad. Carlos received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major study area of Food & Resource Economics from the University of Florida. Email

JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rew...

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JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 91,000 as of March 31, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

John Dunphy

John Dunphy, Executive Vice President, is a 32-year veteran of the Tampa Bay industrial market. John leads the Tampa Bay industrial team, which handles occupier and investment sales for the greater Tampa Bay MSA. Prior to joining JLL, John was Managing Director of Industrial Services and Partner at Colliers International Tampa Bay specializing in the sale and leasing of user and investment property.  Since 1988, he has sold and/or leased more than 12 million square feet of space and sold in excess of 20,000 acres of land, representing more than $2 billion in transaction value.  John earned a B.A. in Finance from The University of South Florida. He received the CCIM designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute and a SIOR designation from the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. Fewer than 2,000 commercial real estate brokers hold both of these prestigious designations. Email

Keiser University

Keiser University is one of Florida's largest independent career universities. Founded to better serve adult learners seeking a career-focused education, Keiser now offers degrees ...

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Keiser University

Keiser University is one of Florida's largest independent career universities. Founded to better serve adult learners seeking a career-focused education, Keiser now offers degrees in over 100 doctoral specialist, master's, bachelor's, and associate fields. In addition to the Lakeland campus, Keiser has locations in 20 other Florida communities.

Melody Rider

Melody Rider has been in education administration for over 20 years and a college president for 15 of those years. She completed her undergraduate degree at California Lutheran University in Liberal Arts with a teaching credential. She continued her education accomplishing two masters’ degrees in Business and Compliance and Ethics. Ms. Rider is in the final stages of completing her doctoral degree in Education Leadership from Capella University. She is the mother of a very active thirteen year old daughter and loves giving back to her community. Email

Carly Evans

Carly Evans is the Director of Student Services at Keiser University’s Lakeland campus. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English and Mass Communications, then immediately returned to Polk County to establish her career. With the understanding that relevant and dynamic educational programs are critical for economic growth and success, Carly not only wants to engage students in the learning process, but to also build relationships with local employers that might positively affect her graduates’…and her community’s success. Email

Keymark Corporation of Florida

In the Spring of 2014, Keymark invested $2.6 million in an extrusion press upgrade to our current large press in Lakeland. The aluminum extrusion press, capable of producing shapes...

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Keymark Corporation of Florida

In the Spring of 2014, Keymark invested $2.6 million in an extrusion press upgrade to our current large press in Lakeland. The aluminum extrusion press, capable of producing shapes up to 14″ in diameter, was equipped with a new state-of-the-art water quenching system, a double puller, and a kevlar belt conveyor handling system as well as improved cutting equipment.  The upgrade improved its water quenching capabilities, production efficiencies, and surface finish quality as well as its cutting capabilities.

William L. Keller, III

William L. Keller, III is president of Keymark Corporation with operations in New York and Lakeland, FL. Email

Kimley-Horn & Associates

As one of the nation’s premier consulting engineering and land planning firms, Kimley-Horn provides a wide range of services to clients for the visible built environment and the ...

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Kimley-Horn & Associates

As one of the nation’s premier consulting engineering and land planning firms, Kimley-Horn provides a wide range of services to clients for the visible built environment and the less-visible elements related to these facilities. Working with both public- and private-sector clients, our engineers, planners, landscape architects, and environmental scientists bring a sense of urgency, an above-and-beyond mindset, and creative yet practical solutions that enable our clients to meet or exceed their project goals.

Mark Wilson

A third-generation Lakelander and active member of the business community, Mark Wilson is a graduate of Kathleen High School and the University of Central Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering. He started his career working alongside his father, engineer Robert Wilson, and joined North Carolina-based Kimley-Horn in 2002 to establish the firm’s Lakeland office. Mark is Sr. Vice President.

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Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County with over 1,400 investor businesses. The  Chamber continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland comm...

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Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County with over 1,400 investor businesses. The  Chamber continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland community by offering a wide variety of programs and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. Our investors capitalize on the contacts, resources and support provided by the Chamber.

Cory Skeates

Corydon “Cory” Skeates was named President of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce in January of 2015. Originally from Scottsville, NY, Cory moved to Central Florida in 1997 to attend Barry University School of Law after receiving a B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Lakeland Area Chamber, Cory served as President/CEO of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce (2007-2014), as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representatives Attkisson (2001-2002), Kallinger (2002-2004), Quinones (2005) and Adams (2005-2006) and also consulted independently on several local, state and federal campaigns. Cory is married to his wife of 12 years Shannon and together they have two daughters, Ella and Amelia. Email

Lakeland Automall

Lakeland Automall and their brands have been a part of the community for 70 years. Making Lakeland a better community as well as offering quality autos and service is a priority fo...

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Lakeland Automall

Lakeland Automall and their brands have been a part of the community for 70 years. Making Lakeland a better community as well as offering quality autos and service is a priority for the auto dealer.

Greg Balasco

Greg Balasco, Lakeland Automall President, has served in nearly every aspect of the auto industry in his 30 plus years. He joined the Lakeland Automall family in 2009 and took ownership in 2011. Lakeland Automall employs over 245 people and encompasses 16 acres on W. Memorial Blvd. Greg is married to Meredith who serves as commercial spokesperson. Email

 

Cory Neupauer

Cory Neupauer, our Chief Financial Officer, started with Lakeland Automall on April 2, 2012 after spending 31 years with Asbury Automotive Group. He oversees all of our accounting operations as well as our financial reporting systems. Cory resides in Lakeland along with his wife Mary and their daughter Jillian. Email

Lakeland Downtown Dev. Auth.

The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority strives to help business owners, citizens, and visitors have the best downtown experience possible. The organization’s role has change...

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Lakeland Downtown Dev. Auth.

The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority strives to help business owners, citizens, and visitors have the best downtown experience possible. The organization’s role has changed over the decades, as the city established additional CRA districts and the city commission became the CRA board.  Today, the LDDA’s focus is more streamlined: Marketing – Maintenance – Management.   The LDDA is an advocate for the businesses and property owners in its district, and oversees business development.

Julie Townsend

Julie Townsend is the Executive Director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority. Julie has been involved in advocating for and promoting Downtown for more than 10 years, first serving as a board member and then Executive Director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership.”We want businesses to grow and prosper here and help by gathering data about the district and promoting it as a place to locate. We also communicate and facilitate a clean and safe community and work to enhance physical improvements.” Email

Lakeland Electric

The municipal utility is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida. Lakeland Electric is one of the first power systems established in Florida, dating back to ...

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Lakeland Electric

The municipal utility is the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida. Lakeland Electric is one of the first power systems established in Florida, dating back to 1889. Power is generated through two main power plants, including one of the most efficient coal-fired generation facilities in the southeast and one of the most efficient combined cycle natural gas generators in the nation. Lakeland Electric is dedicated to providing the community with exceptional service.

Joel Ivy

Joel, the General Manager of Lakeland Electric, has a 30-year career path that includes climbing utility poles to managing multi-hundred million dollar operations with start-ups, investor owned and publicly owned utilities. Past experience includes his tenure as Chief Operating Officer at Visible Light Solar Technologies and Vice President of New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico, an investor owned utility with almost 500,000 customers. He most recently oversaw the Energy Department for Imperial Irrigation District, a vertically integrated public electric utility located in El Centro, California. Ivy graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Email

Lakeland Properties and Management

Lakeland Properties & Management was founded in 1978 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the property management business. As Lakeland’s largest pr...

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Lakeland Properties and Management

Lakeland Properties & Management was founded in 1978 with the intent to become a provider of world-class service in the property management business. As Lakeland’s largest professional property management firm, which today still remains a family owned and operated business, we continue to foster the mission to be the premier choice for residential property management services in our area. Our innovative business model integrates the customer service and management disciplines of the institutional property management industry at a local level.

Seth McKeel

Seth McKeel serves as Vice President of Lakeland Properties & Management. In addition to his work in property management, Seth has had a distinguished career in public service as a past Lakeland City Commissioner and a former Florida House Representative. A fifth generation Floridian and a graduate of the University of Florida, Seth is  committed to and engaged in the Lakeland community. Email

Lakeland Regional Health

Lakeland Regional Health, the fifth largest hospital in Florida, has a century old history. One of Lakeland's major employers, Lakeland Regional Health has a medical staff speciali...

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Lakeland Regional Health

Lakeland Regional Health, the fifth largest hospital in Florida, has a century old history. One of Lakeland's major employers, Lakeland Regional Health has a medical staff specializing in more than 25 specialties. Through a collaboration with Nemours Children's Health System, the health system offers pediatric specialty care in a variety of areas. Lakeland Regional is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Dr. Elaine Thompson

Elaine joined Lakeland Regional Health in 2010 and immediately began the process to create a strategic vision centered on medical staff collaboration and performance, and patient safety improvements. Her initiatives include a multi-disciplinary performance improvement garnering international attention for the largest single site Emergency Department in Florida, and digitization of the Medical Center using a single electronic health records system. Elaine’s fierce passion for patient and community wellbeing leads her to work tirelessly with community, legislative and business leaders, and physicians to improve health services. She has been named each year since 2012 to Becker’s Hospital Review “Top 100 Non-Profit Hospital CEOs to Know”, “130 Women Healthcare Leaders to Know” and “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” annual national recognition lists. Email

Michael A. Spake, MHA, JD

Michael A. Spake, MHA, JD is the Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Compliance and Integrity Officer for Lakeland Regional Health. Educated in both law and health administration, Michael is responsible for the oversight and strategic management of governmental relations and community partnerships, as well as the creation, oversight and day- to-day operations of the Compliance & Integrity and Internal Audit Programs.  Michael is a respected relationship builder who has helped to secure over $4 million in programmatic funding for the Family Health Center. He has successfully worked in partnership with legislators to mitigate Medicaid revenue reductions. He is also a member of the executive leadership team that is helping to establish a graduate medical education program. Email

Lakeland Square Mall-Brookfield Properties

Lakeland Square Mall is the largest shopping center in the area, and enjoys a prime location that is within walking distance of more than 1,500 homes. More than 140 retailers offer...

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Lakeland Square Mall-Brookfield Properties

Lakeland Square Mall is the largest shopping center in the area, and enjoys a prime location that is within walking distance of more than 1,500 homes. More than 140 retailers offer a wide array of choices for consumers. Combining shopping, dining, and entertainment provides a central gathering place for the community.

Lakeside Village-Casto Lifestyle

Lakeside Village is a 558,553 sf dynamic mixed-use complex that combines retail, hospitality, entertainment and office uses. Located in Lakeland’s upscale Grasslands area, its be...

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Lakeside Village-Casto Lifestyle

Lakeside Village is a 558,553 sf dynamic mixed-use complex that combines retail, hospitality, entertainment and office uses. Located in Lakeland’s upscale Grasslands area, its beautifully landscaped streets and courtyards encourage visitors to shop, dine, stroll and enjoy the vibrant, inviting village setting.

Kimberly Robertson

Lakeside Village’s General Manager, Kimberly Robertson, is a Lakeland native with over 13 years of experience in retail property management.  She holds a BS in Business Administration from University of South Florida.  She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a licensed real estate sales associate. Email

 

LALtoday

LALToday is a digital media company and daily newsletter in Lakeland, Florida. LALToday is part of 6AM City, an organization built to engage local communities by creating new ways ...

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LALtoday

LALToday is a digital media company and daily newsletter in Lakeland, Florida. LALToday is part of 6AM City, an organization built to engage local communities by creating new ways to consume, participate, and share local content. Through a conversational tone, editorial filter, and participatory approach, it strives to build communities driven by conversation, designed for maximum engagement.

Jessica Kurbatov

Jessica Kurbatov is an Editor of LALtoday in conjunction with Kaylee Holland. Jessica graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations and a master's degree in business administration. She joined the team in August 2018, when LALtoday officially launched.   Email

Lanier Upshaw

Lanier Upshaw is one of Florida's largest privately-held providers for insurance and risk management. Founded in 1941, the company has grown to 70 employees in Lakeland and Tampa. ...

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Lanier Upshaw

Lanier Upshaw is one of Florida's largest privately-held providers for insurance and risk management. Founded in 1941, the company has grown to 70 employees in Lakeland and Tampa. Lanier Upshaw offers unique risk management services with the appropriate insurance coverage for clients. The insurance provider can be an advisor, claims advocate, premium negotiator, and coverage designer. Simplifying employee benefits is also a way Lanier Upshaw can resource clients in order to recruit top talent.

Scott Franklin

Scott is the President and CEO of Lanier Upshaw.  He joined the company in 2000, following a career as a Naval Aviator, and assumed his current leadership role in 2005. Scott is very active in the community, having served in leadership roles with organizations including LEDC, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland Rotary Club, Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, and the Young Presidents Organization. He currently serves as treasurer of Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In and is on the Board of Overseers for the Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College. Email

Alyssia Totten

Alyssia Totten brings 20+ years of business experience to the mix and understands the upside of risk from sitting in the executive chair. Her expertise is in LEAN processes, identifying strategic risks, and implementing change management strategies for maximum profitability. Alyssa helps elevate success by embracing the dangers and opportunities a business faces with sound risk management strategies that provide a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Alyssia is active in the community, having served as president of Rotary Club of Lakeland South and on the boards of directors for Imperial Symphony Orchestra and Magnolia Montessori Academy. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Polk Class XIII and Leadership Lakeland Class XXX. Email

LBA Properties

The Residence Inn is owned by BRE;  the Courtyard is owned by Apple. Both hotels are managed by LBA Hospitality, which manages over 70 hotels in the lower 48 states. Both the Resi...

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LBA Properties

The Residence Inn is owned by BRE;  the Courtyard is owned by Apple. Both hotels are managed by LBA Hospitality, which manages over 70 hotels in the lower 48 states. Both the Residence Inn and Courtyard hotels have 78 rooms. The Residence Inn is an all-suites hotel, boasting rooms with fully equipped kitchens and living space. The Residence Inn is perfect for any traveler, but is geared towards travelers staying 5 nights or more. The hotel is perfect for project crews, insurance claims guests, business travelers, and sports families. The Residence Inn offers amenities such as complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, complimentary evening Social (The Mix) 3 nights a week, free Wi- Fi, business center, hot tub, pool, sports court and complimentary grocery shopping. Both the Courtyard and Residence Inn in Lakeland are located at the Lakeside Village Mall, and have been serving the community for more than 17 years.

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Jennifer Oney

Jennifer Oney is the Dual Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Courtyard in Lakeland, FL. Jennifer has over 7 years of experience in classroom instruction, three years in management and recruiting, and five years in sales, one of which is in hotel sales. Email

Ledger Media Group

The Ledger Media Group, which includes The Ledger in Lakeland, the News Chief in Winter Haven, Polk Life magazine and newspaper-related web sites such as TimeoutPolk.com, Polkpreps...

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Ledger Media Group

The Ledger Media Group, which includes The Ledger in Lakeland, the News Chief in Winter Haven, Polk Life magazine and newspaper-related web sites such as TimeoutPolk.com, Polkpreps.com, PoliticsinPolk.com, and Polk Outdoors.com, has a long history of informing its communities. The Ledger Media Group offers comprehensive marketing services to Central Florida through its print products, news website, and corporate partners at ThriveHive.

Patricia Martin

Patricia Martin leads the Ledger's advertising department plus the classified and support staff.

Lee and You

Robert Lee is a serial food and restaurant entrepreneur. Robert started in Lakeland owning  China Max at Lakeland Square Mall’s food court and now has grown to operating Chinese...

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Lee and You

Robert Lee is a serial food and restaurant entrepreneur. Robert started in Lakeland owning  China Max at Lakeland Square Mall’s food court and now has grown to operating Chinese Kitchens at five Publix Super Markets stores across Florida, including one at Lakeland’s Lake Miriam Square. His company Breezy Spring LLC also sells a line of bourbon chicken sauce and marinade, and a line of cold brew on-the-go green tea. Email

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin's financial services hub has employed hundreds in Lakeland for more than 25 years. The aerospace and global security company solves the world's toughest technology ...

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Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin's financial services hub has employed hundreds in Lakeland for more than 25 years. The aerospace and global security company solves the world's toughest technology challenges. Nations around the world rely on Lockheed Martin to connect their citizens and advance scientific solutions through innovation.

Karen Turner

Karen Turner is the Senior Manager of Billing and Fixed Assets Accounting for Lockheed Martin. She oversees a team that bills more than 300,000 invoices (approximately $42 billion) annually. In her current position, she is also responsible for the asset capitalization, maintenance, retirements, transfers and standard tax reporting for approximately $12.6 billion in gross assets.  Karen has a diverse background in various staff and management positions and has held positions of progressive responsibilities in domestic and International Accounting and Finance. Karen began her career with IBM Federal Systems Division in Owego, N.Y. She was born and raised in Birmingham, Ala. and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Alabama A&M University as well as an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. Email

Lone Palm Golf Club

Lone Palm Golf Club, established in 1964 by Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins, offers 400 acres of beauty and nature on a championship golf course, fine dining, and f...

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Lone Palm Golf Club

Lone Palm Golf Club, established in 1964 by Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins, offers 400 acres of beauty and nature on a championship golf course, fine dining, and flexible meeting space.

Wayne Raath

Wayne Raath serves as General Manager of Lone Palm Golf Club. Wayne earned a business degree in Sports Management at Florida Southern College as well as an MBA in Business Administration. He was a four time All-American golfer and a team member on three consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship Teams. After a brief professional golf career, Wayne joined Lone Palm as the controller and later was promoted to General Manager. His passion for golf fits very well with Lone Palm’s primary focus of promoting the game of golf. Wayne and his wife, Lori, have two daughters and live in Lakeland. Email

Lunz Group

The Lunz Group is a full-service architectural and interior design firm headquartered in Lakeland. Since founding the firm in 1987, Edward Lunz has cultivated a values-driven cultu...

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Lunz Group

The Lunz Group is a full-service architectural and interior design firm headquartered in Lakeland. Since founding the firm in 1987, Edward Lunz has cultivated a values-driven culture that is grounded by a design-forward, client-first mentality. More than 30 years later, our firm continues to grow and innovate by creating a distinctive client-centered experience focused on delivering the best of our institutions’ talents, solutions and processes. Now with six office locations spanning coast-to-coast throughout Central Florida, the firm provides personalized service across the nation, serving global entertainment and aeronautics leaders, nationally recognized healthcare institutions, top-ranked educational research facilities, and more.

Brad Lunz

Bradley Lunz, AIA, LEED AP, GGP, NCARB joined The Lunz Group in 2008. Brad has over 15 years’ experience ranging from large commercial resorts development to higher education facility design. He is a registered architect in the state of Florida and Texas and a member of the Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects. Brad has a breadth of experience in resolving a client’s spatial and budgetary requirements while delivering a quality and creative design. Currently, Brad serves as President of The Lunz Group.   Email

Steven Boyington

Steven has thirty plus years of experience as a licensed professional architect, battle tested in the arena of tackling tough problems. Steven’s forte is taking on clients with tight budgets and conceptual barriers and providing them with the vision, clarity, and confidence to maximize their return on investment.  Steven is a registered architect in the state of Florida and California, and a member of the Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects. He is principal of The Lunz Group.   Email

 

Magenium Solutions

Utilizing expertise, Magenium harnesses broad platforms with IT ecosystems, connects data from multiple devices (IoT), and maximizes business intelligence tools such as CRM and Sha...

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Magenium Solutions

Utilizing expertise, Magenium harnesses broad platforms with IT ecosystems, connects data from multiple devices (IoT), and maximizes business intelligence tools such as CRM and SharePoint. With an average of 48% growth over the past three years, Magenium Solutions has earned a national reputation as a leading IT Services and Consulting firm.

Bart Ross

Bart Ross is charged with Magenium’s business development efforts for the state of Florida. He is responsible for creating strategic partnerships with businesses and institutions interested in analyzing how technology can be transformed from a line item cost into an organizational asset through improved productivity, increased competitiveness and cost reduction. Bart is a graduate of Florida State University. Email

Manhattan Construction Company

Manhattan Construction Company, the general building arm of Manhattan Construction Group, is among the largest privately-held construction services firms in the U.S. Manhattan prov...

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Manhattan Construction Company

Manhattan Construction Company, the general building arm of Manhattan Construction Group, is among the largest privately-held construction services firms in the U.S. Manhattan provides pre-construction, construction management, program management, general building, and design-build services throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Manhattan is a 14-time Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC), an eight-time STEP Diamond Safety Award winner and a 2017 Pinnacle Safety Award winner, which is ABC’s top national safety honor.

Michael Miller

J. Michael Miller is the Operations Manager for Manhattan Central Florida. He’s been with Manhattan for 3 years and has over has over 21 years of construction experience. Through his work on large and small projects, he’s developed an understanding of all types of construction. He received a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He is a State of Florida Certified General Contractor and is OSHA-30 certified. Email

Marcobay Construction, Inc.

Marcobay Construction, Inc. is an employee owned general contracting firm headquartered in Lakeland. Founded in 1974, Marcobay is a leader in the construction industry with an emph...

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Marcobay Construction, Inc.

Marcobay Construction, Inc. is an employee owned general contracting firm headquartered in Lakeland. Founded in 1974, Marcobay is a leader in the construction industry with an emphasis in retail, industrial, institutional and office construction throughout the southeastern U.S. Marcobay Construction provides pre-construction, construction management, design/build and general contracting services to clients in every sector. The company self-performs its own concrete work including tilt up, place and finish, flatwork, and concrete paving. Marcobay brings a strong financial background to each project and our bonding capacity with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company exceeds $100,000,000.  As the company continues to grow as a corporation, its attention to detail and dedication remain at the top of its priority list.

Howard Bayless

Howard Bayless is president of Marcobay Construction. Howard leads the Marcobay team in taking pride in the relationships and rapport they maintain with clients. He has been with Marcobay for close to 30 years. Howard graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Building Science. Email

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

Marriott Vacation Worldwide Corporation is a leading global vacation company that offers vacation ownership, exchange, rental and resort and property management, along with related...

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Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

Marriott Vacation Worldwide Corporation is a leading global vacation company that offers vacation ownership, exchange, rental and resort and property management, along with related businesses, products and services. The company maintains a diverse portfolio, including seven vacation ownership brands, exchange networks, membership programs, and management of other resorts and lodging properties. As a leader and innovator in the vacation industry, the company upholds the highest standards of excellence in serving its customers, investors and associates while maintaining exclusive, long-term relationships with Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation for the development, sales and marketing of vacation ownership products and services.

Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson is the Senior Vice President, IT Strategy, Governance and Business Planning (Office of the CIO) for Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (MVWC) where she has worked in varying roles for 33 years. In the Office of the CIO, she is responsible for ensuring a consistent and strategic approach to the use of IT across the enterprise, and ensuring a consistent, transparent and efficient methodology to the way the IT organization delivers value to the business; including, financial management, portfolio management and PMO governance, business relationship management, and IT marketing and communications. Email

Martin and Martin, P.A.

Martin and Martin, P.A. has been serving central Florida for decades, representing clients in business and real estate law.
Snow Martin
Graduated from the University of Florida L...

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Martin and Martin, P.A.

Martin and Martin, P.A. has been serving central Florida for decades, representing clients in business and real estate law.

Snow Martin

Graduated from the University of Florida Law School, admitted to practice in September of 1957 – since then primarily involved in representing clients in business and real estate matters. Snow is also involved in real estate development on a personal basis – Casa Loma and Raintree Village in Lakeland; LaPlaya and Casa del Mar on Longboat Key and The Lighthouse on Boca Grande. Email

MaxPak

The box business at MaxPak was founded more than 25 years and has gone through several transitions. After Schwarz Partners Packaging LLC in Indianapolis, IN purchased MaxPak, more ...

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MaxPak

The box business at MaxPak was founded more than 25 years and has gone through several transitions. After Schwarz Partners Packaging LLC in Indianapolis, IN purchased MaxPak, more than $10 million has been invested in machinery improvements and upgrades.  The investment will continue in 2015 with the purchase of over $3 million in new equipment.  MaxPak’s sales has more than doubled since 2007 and has warehouse and distribution centers in Lakeland , Jacksonville, FL and Thomasville, GA; plus a 100MSF fulfillment operation in Lakeland.  Building space in Lakeland now exceeds 350MSF.  In addition to manufacturing corrugated boxes, MaxPak also sells packaging supplies and provides fulfillment services for their customers.

Steve Wasko

Steve Wasko, the General Manager of MaxPak, is a forest products industry veteran with over 40 years of corrugated packaging experience in sales, manufacturing and management. Email

McKeel Team at Keller Williams Realty

The McKeel Team prioritizes relationships over single transactions. The McKeel Team's success is built on a history of integrity and satisfying customers in buying and selling home...

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McKeel Team at Keller Williams Realty

The McKeel Team prioritizes relationships over single transactions. The McKeel Team's success is built on a history of integrity and satisfying customers in buying and selling homes.

Kim McKeel

Kim has been representing residential buyers and seller in the Lakeland area for over 10 years.  She is consistently one of the top producers in our area, and has a history of success and integrity in real estate that you can depend on.  As an experienced negotiator with extensive knowledge of the Lakeland Real Estate Market in all price ranges, she remains laser focused on helping her clients get what they want.  Additionally, her community involvement keeps her connected to what makes Lakeland so special, and she loves giving back to the community that she and her family love so much. Email

MidAmerica Administrative & Retirement Solutions

MidAmerica makes health and retirement benefits funding simple and effective for school employees, firefighters, law enforcement, and other public sector workers across the country...

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MidAmerica Administrative & Retirement Solutions

MidAmerica makes health and retirement benefits funding simple and effective for school employees, firefighters, law enforcement, and other public sector workers across the country. Founded in Lakeland in 1995, the MidAmerica administrative offices remain in our community continuing to provide services to more than one million participants in 33 states.

Jim Tormey

Jim Tormey joined MidAmerica in 2016 and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim initially oversaw both the Account Management and Participant Services teams, while also working on Business Development with both partners and clients. Jim’s focus quickly expanded to include Sales and Marketing, where he fostered partnerships with public sector employee benefits providers to improve the service level and product capabilities of MidAmerica. As CEO, Jim continues to implement growth strategies. He is keenly focused on driving improvements in the client experience by applying innovative technology, growing and diversifying MidAmerica’s client base, providing value-added services, and helping MidAmerica become the nation’s most respected third-party administrator for public sector employee benefits. Jim brought his experience in investment banking, sales and marketing, and the Silicon Valley start-up environment to MidAmerica.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University. Email

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

As one of the top credit unions in the state, MIDFLORIDA provides a wide range of banking products and services, as well as over 40 convenient branch locations throughout Central F...

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MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

As one of the top credit unions in the state, MIDFLORIDA provides a wide range of banking products and services, as well as over 40 convenient branch locations throughout Central Florida from coast to coast. MIDFLORIDA is headquartered in Downtown Lakeland.  MIDFLORIDA offers retail banking, commercial banking services, mortgage loans, direct consumer financing at auto dealerships, retail investment services, realty services, and insurance services to over 200,000 existing members.

David Hand

David Hand is Chief of Business Services manages the Business Services Department providing commercial lending and deposit services in MIDFLORIDA’ s central Florida market.  He earned his B.S. in Economics from Auburn University and his MBA from Fairfield University. Email

 

Steve Moseley

Steve is Executive Vice President & President of MIDFLORIDA Financial Services. He oversees all branch retail operations, finance related functions, IT, mortgage operations, and realty services.  Steve obtained his undergraduate degree from Stetson University and his MBA from Florida Southern College. Email

Miller Construction Management

Miller Construction Management, Inc. has been providing construction services throughout the Southeast since its inception in 2002.  Its team of highly skilled construction profes...

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Miller Construction Management

Miller Construction Management, Inc. has been providing construction services throughout the Southeast since its inception in 2002.  Its team of highly skilled construction professionals have experience in retail, office, municipal, educational, industrial, and general commercial construction.  Their approach is based on practices that promote lean and efficient project management with client satisfaction as the basis of their decision making process.

Corey Miller

Corey received his B.S. in Building Construction, with high honors from the University of Florida and is a member of Florida Blue Key.  He holds general contracting licenses in Florida and other states throughout the Southeast. Email

Mission Foods

Since 1977, Mission® has been creating fresh, authentic Mexican food products you can find in your local grocery store. Mission®, a subsidiary of Gruma Corporation, is the #1 tor...

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Mission Foods

Since 1977, Mission® has been creating fresh, authentic Mexican food products you can find in your local grocery store. Mission®, a subsidiary of Gruma Corporation, is the #1 tortilla company in the U.S. and manufactures a variety of authentic Mexican products. As we’ve grown, we’ve made sure to always put an emphasis on authentic flavors, while providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together.

Richard Schuh

Rich Schuh serves as Vice President of Regional Sales Gulf Coast for Mission Foods. He is responsible for sales and operations for Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, SE Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Panama. Email

Morgan Stanley

Our Financial Advisors strive to earn the trust of many individuals, families and institutions while helping them achieve their goals. With a full suite of services, our objective ...

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Morgan Stanley

Our Financial Advisors strive to earn the trust of many individuals, families and institutions while helping them achieve their goals. With a full suite of services, our objective is to deliver the resources that can best accomplish each client’s unique goals. We look forward to working together.

Kevin Griffith

Kevin was born at Fort Benning Georgia and grew up in Northern Virginia.  He graduated from the University of Florida as a distinguished ROTC Cadet with a degree in Business Administration in 1985.  As a Distinguished Military Cadet, Kevin was appointed a Regular Army Commission and served in the United States Army (82nd Airborne Division) until 1989.  Shortly thereafter, he began his career with Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley) in Lakeland, FL and was named Branch Manager in 1999.  Kevin is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (1994), as well as a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR (2009). In his spare time Kevin enjoys community involvement, specifically the Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association.  Kevin is a past chairman and board member of the Lakeland Regional Medical Center Foundation.  He enjoys golfing and fishing in addition to spending time with his wife Bobbi, and two sons Joshua and Steven.

 

Mosaic

The Mosaic Company is the world's leading integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. The work of mining and processing phosphate and potash minerals is ...

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Mosaic

The Mosaic Company is the world's leading integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. The work of mining and processing phosphate and potash minerals is an energy and water intensive endeavor. Mosaic is an important driver of economic activity in its operating communities.

Callie Neslund

As the Public Affairs Manager for The Mosaic Company, Callie Neslund serves as a principal liaison with local community, business leaders and elected officials. Callie manages Mosaic’s community outreach, media relations and corporate philanthropy in Polk County while supporting the company’s manufacturing facilities and the newly-opened Streamsong Resort. Email

 

Troy Hammond

Troy Hammond is the manager of the Shared Services organization for The Mosaic Company. In this role, Troy is responsible for customer billing, collections and cash applications as well as master data management and global governance, global T&E and p-card management, accounts payable, and financial systems administration. Mosaic is a Fortune 250 company and the world’s largest combined producer of potash and phosphate; Central Florida is one of the largest centers of operation for Mosaic where phosphates are mined and processed. Mosaic’s noble mission is to “help the world grow the food it needs”. Email

Palmetto Capital Group

Palmetto Capital Group specializes in single tenant and small box multi-tenant development. Some of Palmetto's clients include Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, O'Reilly, Dunkin Donuts...

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Palmetto Capital Group

Palmetto Capital Group specializes in single tenant and small box multi-tenant development. Some of Palmetto's clients include Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, O'Reilly, Dunkin Donuts, Dollar General, and Flowers Foods. Palmetto assists businesses in expanding or relocating with turnkey Build-to-Site buildings that fit the clients objectives.

Justin Wilson

Justin is VP of Real Estate for the Florida Division for Palmetto Capital Group. He is responsible for creating strategic partnerships with growing companies and assisting with their build-to-suit real estate development needs. Email

 

Pepperidge Farm, Inc.

For more than 75 years Pepperidge Farm has brought wholesome happiness to consumers with Goldfish crackers, cookies, fresh breads, cakes, and frozen puff pastry. Started by an entr...

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Pepperidge Farm, Inc.

For more than 75 years Pepperidge Farm has brought wholesome happiness to consumers with Goldfish crackers, cookies, fresh breads, cakes, and frozen puff pastry. Started by an entrepreneur, Margaret Rudkin, in 1937, her challenge was always to find the next innovative idea, which has been critical to the company's success.

Steve Larkin

Lakeland’s Plant Manager, Steve Larkin, and his team are responsible for directing plant operations and overseeing the day-to-day activities in all departments. They develop and implement both short and long-term plans to support the company’s strategic roadmap. The Pepperidge Farm Lakeland Team provides the leadership to achieve key objectives in all areas of safety, quality, delivery, cost, and employee engagement. Email

Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Founded in 1948, Peterson & Myers, P.A. offers clients the resources & capabilities of a large law firm with personalized service by attorneys who are committed to the comm...

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Peterson & Myers, P.A.

Founded in 1948, Peterson & Myers, P.A. offers clients the resources & capabilities of a large law firm with personalized service by attorneys who are committed to the communities in which they live and work. The firm delivers legal services to clients with needs in Florida and we are proud of the long-term relationships we maintain with our clients. Offices are in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales.

David A. Miller

David A. Miller is a shareholder at Peterson & Myers, P.A. and has a diversified transactional practice with significant experience in business law; corporate governance; mergers and acquisitions; agriculture law and developing strategic plans for large-scale agriculture properties; banking and finance; debt restructuring; office, retail, and mixed use lease transactions; and commercial real estate. Email

 

Pilgrim Associates

Pilgrim Associates focuses on individual consulting and as Chairman of Vistage Florida, provides a program of ongoing personal and professional development through monthly peer gro...

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Pilgrim Associates

Pilgrim Associates focuses on individual consulting and as Chairman of Vistage Florida, provides a program of ongoing personal and professional development through monthly peer group meetings, executive coaching sessions and expert speakers. As an affiliate of Vistage International, Pilgrim provides members with access to over 16,000 members in 18 countries.

Richard Pellegrini

Dick is President/CEO and founder of Pilgrim associates which provides CEOs, business owners and senior level executives well defined business planning consulting and coaching on an individual basis as well as in group settings. Dick’s corporate life spanned 36 successful years in a variety of senior level management positions including being president of several multi-national corporations. Email

PLANTZ

PLANTZ, a professional interior plant service provider, installs and services tropical and decorative plants in offices throughout Polk, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties. Enhanc...

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PLANTZ

PLANTZ, a professional interior plant service provider, installs and services tropical and decorative plants in offices throughout Polk, Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties. Enhancing work spaces to inspire productivity and creativity is at the heart of PLANTZ mission.

Steve Stanford

Steve Stanford is president of PLANTZ. He started the company in 2004 by combining two established plant service companies, and in 2006 merged with Lakeland’s Plant Manager (owned by Bruce Rumph). Through his leadership PLANTZ has grown to a customer base of almost 500 customers. A 1986 graduate of the University of Florida in Agriculture, Steve combines his plant, people and technology skills daily in his hands-on management of the company. He is a FL Certified Pest Control Operator, and is active in the community. Email

Polk County Government

Polk County is the fourth largest county with more than 600,000 residents and includes 17 municipalities. The administrative branch is responsible for all affairs of the county and...

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Polk County Government

Polk County is the fourth largest county with more than 600,000 residents and includes 17 municipalities. The administrative branch is responsible for all affairs of the county and executing the Board of County Commissioners policy direction.

Commissioner George Lindsey

Since his 2012 election to the commission, Lindsey has worked to attract new employers and remove barriers to the expansion of existing businesses in Polk County. He also is working to increase partnerships between the county and municipalities on matters such as planning, water supply and parks. He was elected chairman in 2014. Lindsey is also president and broker of Lindsey Realty & Development Corporation. He is an Honor Flight 15 guardian, University of Florida sports fan, and a Harley Davidson enthusiast. Email

Bill Beasley

County Manager Bill Beasley began his career with Polk County in 2006 as the Deputy County Manager over the county’s Infrastructure Group. As County Manager, Beasley is responsible for the proper administration of all affairs of the county and executes the Board of County Commissioners policy directions, manages budget and staffing resources, engages in community relations, fosters economic development, confers in land use planning and ensures regulatory compliance.

Prior to Beasley’s tenure with Polk County, he served in various engineering and administrative capacities with the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, the U.S. Department of Navy, and local government in the Charlotte Metropolitan Region in North Carolina. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Penn., a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a master’s degree in engineering administration from the George Washington University. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children and three grandchildren. Email

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Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art improves the lives of our varied communities by bringing people and art together. The Museum’s outreach programs have an important educational and social i...

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Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art improves the lives of our varied communities by bringing people and art together. The Museum’s outreach programs have an important educational and social impact, and its Citizen’s Bank Mayfaire-by-the-Lake fine art festival is ranked 64th in the nation. A 2014 study completed by Florida Southern College calculates the Museum’s economic impact in Lakeland at $12,693,558, with each $1 spent by the Polk Museum of Art worth $6.68 in economic impact.

H. Alexander Rich

Dr. H. Alexander Rich is Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, a Smithsonian Affiliate and the only nationally accredited art museum in Polk County. Dr. Rich is also chair of the Department of Art History and Museum Studies at Florida Southern College and has worked previously in both curatorial and education capacities at museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. Email

Polk State College

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 15,000 students annually with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Art...

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Polk State College

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 15,000 students annually with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics. We are the perfect place to soar. We are Polk.

Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti

Dr. Falconetti, a native Floridian, has extensive experience in all aspects of higher education administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida with specializations in Instructional Leadership and Postsecondary Education and Adult Learning.   Email

Port of Tampa Bay

The Port of Tampa serves the Tampa/Orlando region, projected to be the fastest growing region of Florida for the next 20 years. The Port puts shippers closer to their primary Flori...

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Port of Tampa Bay

The Port of Tampa serves the Tampa/Orlando region, projected to be the fastest growing region of Florida for the next 20 years. The Port puts shippers closer to their primary Florida markets for food and beverage, citrus and juice, furniture, general merchandise, steel, fertilizer, and agricultural products.

Wade Elliott

Wade Elliott joined the Port in 2003 and is responsible for the marketing and business development activities of Port Tampa Bay. Wade has more than 25 years of port marketing, business development and research experience working with clients across the globe, including exporters, importers, ocean carriers, terminal operators and cruise lines. Wade is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he also worked as Research Associate conducting economic and policy research in the maritime sector. Wade is the Chairman of the Tampa Foreign Trade Zone, and serves on the board of directors of Tampa Port Ministries Seafarers’ Center and the Tampa Bay International Business Council. Email

Gonzalo Padron

Gonzalo Padron has more than 20 years of sales and business development experience within the maritime transportation industry.  His responsibilities include Port Tampa Bay’s outreach and liaison with beneficial cargo owners and ocean carriers, with a particular focus on trade with Latin America. Gonzalo began his career working for ocean carriers Tecmarine Lines and Seaboard Marine, traveling the Caribbean and Latin America extensively.  Prior to joining the Port Tampa Bay, he was employed by DHL Global Forwarding as Manager of Strategic Accounts, Datamyne as Business Development Manager – Maritime, and PIERS as Maritime Regional Manager. Email

Premier Transportation

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Premier Transportation is an Irregular Route Common and Contract Carrier which specializes in providing integrated transportation and logistics s...

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Premier Transportation

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Premier Transportation is an Irregular Route Common and Contract Carrier which specializes in providing integrated transportation and logistics solutions to the retail and consumer products industries nationwide. Premier is able to provide numerous resources to meet customer needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including door-to-store deliveries, dedicated fleets, truckload transportation and yard management.

Mike Medici

Mike moved to Atlanta in 1999 to take an equity stake in Premier Transportation with the objective of expanding Premier Transportations service offerings to our nation’s largest retailers. Mike joined Premier  in 1999 and served as Vice President of Marketing until 2002 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President. He served in that capacity until being elected Chairman and CEO in 2006.

 

 

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Publix, a Fortune 100 company, is headquartered in Lakeland with over 3 million sq. ft. of space including office, manufacturing and distribution. The locally established company i...

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Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Publix, a Fortune 100 company, is headquartered in Lakeland with over 3 million sq. ft. of space including office, manufacturing and distribution. The locally established company is Florida’s largest private employer and committed to being the premier quality food retailer in the world.

Barney Barnett

Barney Barnett is the Vice Chairman of Publix Super Markets Inc, a role he has served in since 1998. He has been a Publix Board member since 1985 and also currently serves as a Vice President of Publix Super Markets Charities. Barney has been active for many years in economic development, he is a Past Chairman of the LEDC & Tampa Bay Partnership.  He is actively involved in community service with The United Way, GiveWell Community Foundation, VISTE and Kiwanis to name a few.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Florida Southern College and is a member of First United Methodist Church.  Barney and his wife Carol have two children, Wesley and Nicholas. Email

Jeff Chamberlain

Jeff serves as Vice President of Real Estate where he is responsible for the entire real estate department, as well as the strategy required to successfully grow Publix Super Markets through new stores, new markets and acquisition. Jeff served as the 2011-2012 LEDC Chairman and is the 2015-2016 LEDC High Skill Chairman. Email

 

Rebel & Co.

Innovation in today’s market is complex and ambiguous, but necessary for survival. With customers demanding more and new competitors entering the market every day, businesses are...

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Rebel & Co.

Innovation in today’s market is complex and ambiguous, but necessary for survival. With customers demanding more and new competitors entering the market every day, businesses are forced to move two speeds at once: slow and steady to maintain performance and fast and furious to stay ahead of the competition. At Rebel & Co., we believe innovation should be strategic; moving the needle on your business goals and creating a distinct competitive advantage. Our innovation teams partner with you to produce data-informed strategic plans and implementation, driving innovation in your business. Our services include:

Full-service Market Research & Customer Insights
Defining Innovation Strategies & Strategic Planning
Developing Go-to-Market Strategies
Developing Brand Strategies
Transforming Customer Experiences
Creating New Products & Services
Building New Brands & Business Models
Defining Growth Strategies

Leah Hacker

As a business consultant, Leah has built a career on disrupting industries and leading change initiatives across industries and verticals. With over a decade of experience in innovation and strategy, her work has led her both nationally and internationally, working with C-Suite executives to create competitive solutions and sustainable, profitable growth through innovation. A SXSW speaker, workshop facilitator, podcast editor and producer, and contributing writer, Leah brings a no-nonsense approach to strategy, leveraging market data and consumer insights to inform strategic planning. Prior to starting Rebel & Co., Leah worked as a Strategy Executive for an experience design agency partnering with Fortune 500 brands, Venture Capitalists, global organizations, and VC-backed startups to drive strategic growth.   Email

Refresco

Refresco is the world’s largest independent bottler for retailers and A-brands in Europe and America. The company offers customers total supply chain solutions addressing each pa...

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Refresco

Refresco is the world’s largest independent bottler for retailers and A-brands in Europe and America. The company offers customers total supply chain solutions addressing each part of the bottling process from planning and sourcing to production, warehousing and transportation. Innovation and technological development enables Refresco to deliver the best products and services, on budget and on time.

Regions Bank

Regions Financial Corporation, with $122 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial...

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Regions Bank

Regions Financial Corporation, with $122 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,650 banking offices, with 4 offices in Lakeland and 1 in Winter Haven. Regions bank rated “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Small Business Banking in the South” by J.D. Power & Assoc in 2014. Awarded “Most Reputable Bank in the U.S” by RepTrak in 2015.

Brenda Powers

Brenda Powers serves as Vice President for Regions Bank at the North Lakeland Office. Brenda is a Polk County native with  20 years of banking experience. Email

 

 

Register Construction and Engineering

Register Construction has a proven history of quality and performance- demonstrated through a variety of services and projects including: industrial & manufacturing, warehouse ...

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Register Construction and Engineering

Register Construction has a proven history of quality and performance- demonstrated through a variety of services and projects including: industrial & manufacturing, warehouse & distribution, cold storage, office, food service & bakeries, medical, automotive, special use, retail, education and worship facilities.

Buddy Register

Lester D. "Buddy" Register founded Register Construction in 1971. Register defines success by the company's relationships and dedication to its clients. With over 47 years of construction expertise and leadership, the local company has missed zero deadlines and has completed over 16 million square feet of construction. Email

 

Cole Gard

Cole graduated with a degree in Building Construction from Georgia Southern University in 2005 and returned to Lakeland as a project manager for Register Construction. He transitioned into the role of president in 2016. Cole is involved with all aspects of the company including sales, estimating, project management, and company development.  Email

Ridge Development-Transwestern

Transwestern Development Company develops office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use and healthcare projects throughout the U.S. Lakeland Logistics Center, a central Florida projec...

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Ridge Development-Transwestern

Transwestern Development Company develops office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use and healthcare projects throughout the U.S. Lakeland Logistics Center, a central Florida project, is a two building, class A project with easy access and outparcels available for additional amenities.

Steve Kros

Steve Kros serves as the executive vice president of Transwestern’s southeast development services team. Steve has over 20 years of high-level experience sourcing, underwriting, negotiating, communicating and executing real estate development and acquisition deals. Prior to joining Transwestern, he held positions as a vice president of investments and vice president of development with AMB Property Corporation. Steve spearheaded real estate development and acquisition investments in multiple east coast markets. He also was responsible for overall project management for an 11 million square foot development pipeline on 800 acres in six cities in throughout the southeast and mid-atlantic, representing a total investment of over $560 million. Steve is currently working on Lakeland Logistics Center, a 245,000 sf development park near Interstate 4 in Lakeland.

Rita Staffing

Rita Staffing has four offices in Polk County which include South and North Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Plant City. In addition to clerical, light industrial and professional place...

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Rita Staffing

Rita Staffing has four offices in Polk County which include South and North Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Plant City. In addition to clerical, light industrial and professional placements, Rita Staffing owns and operates two other staffing companies which are Rita Technology founded in 1972,  an IT Search & Consulting firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of Information Technology candidates in both direct hire and consulting positions, and Sunshine Staffing servicing Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto counties. 

Rich Hames

Rich has been with Rita Staffing since 1996 and currently serves as  Chief Financial Officer. Rich graduated from the University of Georgia and was a budget analyst for The University System of Georgia prior to moving to Lakeland. He is active in many local groups and is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Email

 

Lisa Hall

Lisa Hall is a Business Development Manager and has been with Rita Staffing since 1998.  She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and graduated with her BA from the University of South Florida. Lisa serves on several community boards including, CareerSource Polk, the Mulberry Chamber of Commerce, and Business Alliance for Persons with Disabilities (BAPD).  She currently volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem helping children in our foster care system and is active with Junior Achievement at South McKeel Academy. Email

Rooms To Go

Rooms To Go is the largest and fastest growing independent retail furniture company in America. The Lakeland distribution facilities of 2.3 million square feet employ over 800 asso...

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Rooms To Go

Rooms To Go is the largest and fastest growing independent retail furniture company in America. The Lakeland distribution facilities of 2.3 million square feet employ over 800 associates on multiple shifts. Rooms To Go is the industry leader in time-to-deliver, financing, and product availability with the latest designs.

Ezra Yanowitz

Ezra is the Vice President of Distribution for Rooms To Go. He is responsible for overseeing the operation of six distribution centers in five states and the operational aspects of the Florida divisions clearance stores. Ezra has worked for Rooms To Go for thirteen years.  Previously, he worked twenty one years in similar capacities for two major retailers in the New York Metro area. Email

 

Ruthvens

The Ruthvens, Central Florida’s warehouse specialists, have decades of expertise in industrial, manufacturing and distribution warehouse space, with a total capacity of over 3.5 ...

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Ruthvens

The Ruthvens, Central Florida’s warehouse specialists, have decades of expertise in industrial, manufacturing and distribution warehouse space, with a total capacity of over 3.5 million square feet of properties located along the I-4 corridor between Tampa to Orlando. This location provides quick access to all major north, south, east, and west highways allowing for regional or state-wide distribution across Florida. The Ruthvens are a 3rd generation, family-run company, dating back to 1957. All 85 buildings are locally owned and managed with decisions made quickly to allow your business to move forward and grow.  Customers of The Ruthvens can expand with them at any time during their lease term. Our unique scale and new development focus allow us to easily accommodate your business’ growth. Whether you need 1,000 square feet or 200,000 square feet, The Ruthvens are ready to be your long-term real estate partner in Central Florida.

Joe P. Ruthven

Joe P. Ruthven, originally from South Carolina, moved to Lakeland in 1957 after serving in the US Navy in World War II. He opened a tire business and soon realized the need for warehouse space, subsequently founding The Ruthvens. Joe has been active in the community including serving on the City Commission and as mayor of Lakeland. He is a registered real estate broker.

 

Greg Ruthven

Greg Ruthven, CCIM is President of The Ruthvens, and has over 37years of experience in commercial and industrial real estate. Greg is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Past President of the Florida CCIM Chapter, and is a registered Florida broker. Greg oversees leasing, development and finance. Email

 

Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Saddle Creek is an omnichannel supply chain solutions company providing a variety of integrated logistics services, including warehousing, fulfillment and transportation. Our custo...

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Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Saddle Creek is an omnichannel supply chain solutions company providing a variety of integrated logistics services, including warehousing, fulfillment and transportation. Our custom solutions leverage advanced operational methods and sophisticated technologies to help retailers, manufacturers and e-commerce companies get products where they need to be quickly, cost-effectively and seamlessly.

Mark Cabrera

Mark Cabrera is CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services, an omnichannel supply chain solutions company headquartered in Lakeland. Cabrera, who joined Saddle Creek in 2001, was named CEO in July 2019. Previously, he served as chief operating officer (COO) and chief financial officer (CFO) for the company. Prior to joining Saddle Creek, Cabrera spent 15 years in financial roles in a variety of industries for companies including Arthur Andersen LLP, GTE, National Insurance Services and Reeves Steel, Inc. Cabrera holds a degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XX. He is a member of the International Warehouse Logistics Association Insurance Company (IWLAIC) executive committee and serves on Lakeland Economic Development Council’s High Skill Investors Group. Email

 

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo's Lakeland campus offers quality education and a flexible schedule to fit students' lives. There are over 80 online undergraduate and graduate programs offered. Local sup...

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Saint Leo University

Saint Leo's Lakeland campus offers quality education and a flexible schedule to fit students' lives. There are over 80 online undergraduate and graduate programs offered. Local support, advising, study and meeting space, and technology provide students with the same quality curriculum and standards as University Campus learning.

Rod Kirkwood

Rod Kirkwood is the Interim Director of the Lakeland Education Center. Rod has been with Saint Leo University since 2018. His career, spanning 26 years, has always been in Adult Education. From his beginning at a small Technical College in Portland, Oregon to his most recent opportunity as Director at Saint Leo University Tampa Bay Region. Rod’s passion for education is evident in every interaction with his students. He takes pride in helping each and every student achieve their life long goal by achieving their degree with Saint Leo University. Rod relishes celebrating with each of his students as they walk across the stage on graduation day. As the Interim Director of the Lakeland Education Center, Rod is committed to assisting every member of the Lakeland community in pursuing their educational goals.   Email

 

Seefried Industrial Properties

Ferdinand Seefried founded Seefried Properties in 1984, and the business is still 100 percent privately owned today. The firm specializes in the development, leasing and management...

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Seefried Industrial Properties

Ferdinand Seefried founded Seefried Properties in 1984, and the business is still 100 percent privately owned today. The firm specializes in the development, leasing and management of industrial real estate in core markets across the U.S. The primary focus is on development in core industrial markets and build-to-suits with corporate tenant uses in first and second-tier markets. Seefried has a seasoned team of development and construction professionals, guaranteeing the best prices and delivery.

Paul Seefried

Paul Seefried joined Seefried Industrial Properties in February 2011 as a project manager on the BTS development team. He has been actively involved in the development of over 12 million S.F. of industrial BTS developments around the country, in particular, regional distribution centers for Amazon.com in Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida. He is now Vice President of Development and responsible for development in the Florida region. Prior to joining Seefried Industrial Properties, Paul spent 3 years working as a development analyst in the multifamily industry for the Lane Company, followed by 3 years of being a commercial broker in which he worked on a variety of real estate asset classes. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Colorado at Boulder. Email

Smart Inbound Marketing

Digital marketing is a complex environment to navigate. Smart Inbound Marketing is a core group of specialists dedicated to helping clients grow their business using digital strate...

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Smart Inbound Marketing

Digital marketing is a complex environment to navigate. Smart Inbound Marketing is a core group of specialists dedicated to helping clients grow their business using digital strategies. Services include consulting, paid advertising, social media marketing, website design, content creation, email marketing, and analytics. Keeping a small portfolio of high-quality clients means Smart Inbound can provide personalized packages and dedicated long-term support. The team has worked with companies such as Keller Williams, Envoy Medical International, the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency, Baron Realty, Mansfield Energy International, and more.

J.D. Arbuckle

JD Arbuckle founded Smart Inbound Marketing after moving on from the CEO position of a larger agency with 50 clients and 15 employees. He observed how difficult it can be deliver effective results at a affordable cost with standardized packages and too little face time. Smart Inbound was created to change that frustrating aspect of the digital marketing industry. JD Arbuckle received his Masters Degree in Business at Florida Southern College. He has personal experience with over 100 clients of all industries and sizes. Arbuckle also runs a platform to improve young adults' mental health, provides commercial real estate services through Baron Realty, and is president of the non-profit Lakeland Lancers Rugby, Lakeland's first D4-D3 rugby organization. Email

 

Southeastern University

Southeastern University is one of the fastest-growing liberal arts universities in the nation. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a va...

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Southeastern University

Southeastern University is one of the fastest-growing liberal arts universities in the nation. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of fields including education, business, ministry, the arts, health care, behavioral sciences and more. Small class sizes provide an environment where students can connect one-on-one with some of the top professionals in their fields. SEU emphasizes career preparation and the exploration experiences and resources that equip students for life after college.

Kent Ingle

A champion of innovative educational design, Dr. Kent Ingle serves as the president of Southeastern University, one of the fastest growing private universities in the nation. Under his leadership, the university has seen significant growth. Dr. Ingle has propelled the university’s enrollment from 2,546 students in 2011 to nearly 9,000 students currently, with more than 100 extension sites and 13 regional campuses nationwide. Additionally, multiple building projects have been completed during his tenure, including a 120,000-square-foot Live/Learn building, which houses students, classroom space and a food court. Dr. Ingle is also a founding member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Before becoming SEU’s president in 2011, Dr. Ingle held leadership positions in higher education and the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle. Email

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has a 1,090,000 sq ft distribution center in Lakeland with over 400 employees. Nationwide, the company distributes more than 150 million case...

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Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has a 1,090,000 sq ft distribution center in Lakeland with over 400 employees. Nationwide, the company distributes more than 150 million cases of wine and spirits annually across 44 U.S. markets, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Jason Witty

Jason Witty is the Vice President of Operations for the State of Florida. Jason started with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New Mexico in 2002, as the Information Technology Manager. In 2005, he and his family moved to Florida, to take the Director of Information Technology role. Jason has worked with both corporate supply chain leadership as well as the Florida Operations team to evolve the SGWS distribution network into an efficient, centralized service model. Jason has his undergraduate degree from Florida Southern College and his sons are pursuing their undergraduate degrees from the University of South Florida. Email

Spherion

Owned by David and Larry Miller, Spherion is a 65-year staffing leader that is locally owned and known for our responsiveness and clever sourcing solutions. With Spherion, clients ...

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Spherion

Owned by David and Larry Miller, Spherion is a 65-year staffing leader that is locally owned and known for our responsiveness and clever sourcing solutions. With Spherion, clients are supported by a sharp team of staffing experts who place a high priority on fulfilling requests with talented candidates and timely solutions. From office professional and light industrial, to contact call center and non-clinical healthcare staff, we have an extensive network of talent available to meet clients' needs at a moment’s notice.

David Sandow

Having served in the U.S. Army as an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, graduated in Accountancy from USF and has been involved in the Polk County community for over 12 years, David Sandow is the General Manager for Spherion Staffing for Polk County. David is heavily involved with the business development, retention, community relations and contract negotiations for Spherion Staffing in the Polk County market. Email

StaffBuildersHR

StaffBuildersHR has been matching great people with great companies in the Lakeland area for over 10 years. In the spring of 2018, the company expanded and opened offices in Tampa ...

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StaffBuildersHR

StaffBuildersHR has been matching great people with great companies in the Lakeland area for over 10 years. In the spring of 2018, the company expanded and opened offices in Tampa and Atlanta. If you are looking for temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct-placement employees, StaffBuildersHR can help you. From office staff and welders to general warehouse labor and accountants, their experienced staff and technology-driven approach helps customers continously find successful candidates.

Rick Mariucci

Rick Mariucci came to Lakeland to attend Florida Southern College. He graduated in 1994 with a bachelors degree in Business Administration and has been working in central Florida for almost 25 years. Prior to joining StaffBuildersHR, he worked in the construction and manufacturing industries and continues to be involved with numerous community service initiatives. Email

Stahl & Associates Insurance

Stahl & Associates Insurance is a leading provider of integrated benefits solutions. The company offers a full suite of services for a complete end-to-end benefits solution. Ba...

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Stahl & Associates Insurance

Stahl & Associates Insurance is a leading provider of integrated benefits solutions. The company offers a full suite of services for a complete end-to-end benefits solution. Backed by more than 40 years of experience, Stahl & Associates helps companies communicate, enroll, and administer their employee benefit programs. A team of trained experts works with clients to design a custom benefits strategy that will boost the value of their employee benefits packages.

Tony Martinez

As a 29 year veteran of the Insurance Industry, “Tony” has held positions at both regional & home office levels with large insurance organizations such as Penn Mutual, AIG & USF&G. He’s held direct sales & sales management positions with Federated Mutual Insurance Companies. His career has taken him throughout the Mid Atlantic region of US and all over Florida & the Southeast. He’s spent the last 15 years working in the Independent agency system. First at Herndon & Associates & now at Stahl & Associates. After the Herndon acquisition, Stahl & Associates appointed Tony as Vice President Commercial Lines Sales where he handles the commercial insurance needs of the middle market segment. Although he handles a variety of risks, he specializes in addressing the needs of manufacturers, contractors, physician groups & auto/equipment dealers. Stahl & Associates has four (4) offices throughout Central Florida. Email

Steve Scruggs

President at Lakeland Economic Development Council

Steve Scruggs is President of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC), a private, non-profit organization with approximately 140 member companies. He has been with the LED...

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Steve Scruggs

President at Lakeland Economic Development Council

Steve Scruggs is President of the Lakeland Economic Development Council (LEDC), a private, non-profit organization with approximately 140 member companies. He has been with the LEDC over 30 years. Steve received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama and his Master’s Degree in Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Steve is married to Tammy and they have three children. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Summit Consulting

Summit, a leading provider of workers’ compensation services in the southeastern United States,  is a member of the Great American Insurance Group. Summit provides workers’ ...

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Summit Consulting

Summit, a leading provider of workers’ compensation services in the southeastern United States,  is a member of the Great American Insurance Group. Summit provides workers’ compensation services to businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Summit is based in Lakeland and has offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Gainesville, Georgia.

Donna De Stefano

Donna joined Summit Consulting, LLC in 2004 and has 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Donna is a Senior Business Projects Manager and in a dual role as the Director of Facilities encompassing Summit’s Corporate Office in Lakeland and two regional offices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Gainesville, Georgia. She manages and facilitates multiple projects and initiatives varying in scope in a wide variety of functional groups upon request of the CEO. Email

Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida and the 10th largest in the United States based upon its almost $10 billion in assets as of early 2019. ...

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Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida and the 10th largest in the United States based upon its almost $10 billion in assets as of early 2019.  Vicki Lovett is the chief lending officer, responsible for consumer, indirect, mortgage and commercial lending as well as credit cards and business development. During her career spanning more than 35 years, she has served in many lending capacities.  Beyond her chief lending officer duties, Vicki is a member of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Lending Council having served as a member of the executive committee and committee chair. She currently serves on the Hillsborough Community College Foundation Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund Advisory Board.

Vicki Lovett

Vicki earned her psychology degree from the University of South Florida and has also received several certifications including Certified Credit Union Executive, Certified Financial Services Professional, Certified Lending Specialist designations and her CUNA Business Lending Certification. A lifelong learner, Vicki recently earned her Stanford University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Certificate. Email

SunTrust Bank

SunTrust is an organization driven by purpose and a personal touch. SunTrust is passionate about Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by helping clients, teammates and commun...

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SunTrust Bank

SunTrust is an organization driven by purpose and a personal touch. SunTrust is passionate about Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by helping clients, teammates and communities achieve financial confidence. As one of the nation’s largest and strongest financial services companies, we offer a full suite of products and services designed to meet the needs of our consumer, business, corporate and institutional clients.

J. Michael Hall

Mike Hall is Vice President and Client Advisor for SunTrust Bank. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida. Email

Richard H. Eatman, Jr.

Richard is a Lakeland native. He returned to Lakeland in 2018 to serve small and mid-sized businesses in Polk and surrounding counties. He is a 25 year banking veteran focused on the Greater Tampa Bay and Central Florida Markets. He also has international trade and private equity experience. Richard holds degrees in both Economics and International Studies from the University of South Florida. He is married to Amy and has a son Luke. Email

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty

SVN | Saunders Real Estate and SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty has a local presence but offers national and global branding. Founded by three recognized Central Florida brok...

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SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty

SVN | Saunders Real Estate and SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty has a local presence but offers national and global branding. Founded by three recognized Central Florida brokers, who are all CCIM designated, the company brings together experts on all aspects of real estate.

Jonathan Barreras

Jonathan Barreras is the Chief Operating Officer for SVN. He brings leadership and vision to the task of ensuring the company’s operations are optimized and expandable. He institutes and manages proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems for the entire scope of the company’s business activities.  Developing company culture and vision along with driving the company to surpass business objectives is part of Jonathan’s expertise. Jonathan is dedicated to ensuring the financial strength and operating efficiency vital to immediate and long-range performance objectives. He leads with a respectful, constructive and energetic style. Email

Sykes Enterprises, Inc.

Sykes provides digital marketing, customer service and technical support to 2,000 global brands. Through phone, social media, and chat, Sykes employees serve a variety of markets: ...

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Sykes Enterprises, Inc.

Sykes provides digital marketing, customer service and technical support to 2,000 global brands. Through phone, social media, and chat, Sykes employees serve a variety of markets: finance, healthcare, insurance, travel, technology, retail, communications, and energy.

Chuck Sykes

Charles (Chuck) Sykes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated in August 2004. Prior to his recent appointment, Mr. Sykes served as Chief Operating Officer since July 2003 and President since May 2004. Mr. Sykes joined the Company in 1986, working his way through the ranks, from various administrative roles while attending school, to a junior sales representative in the Telecommunications Division to various middle-management roles and later serving as General Manager of the Americas. This has led to an extensive career at SYKES, resulting in a comprehensive knowledge of the Company. His experience in operations, accounting, professional services, recruitment, and sales and marketing enable him to manage SYKES’ client relations and the ongoing success of global operations. Email

Tampa Maid Foods LLC

Tampa Maid Foods LLC is owned by Watkins Associated Industries, a family owned U.S. company. Tampa Maid is in the business of sourcing, processing and marketing quality value-added...

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Tampa Maid Foods LLC

Tampa Maid Foods LLC is owned by Watkins Associated Industries, a family owned U.S. company. Tampa Maid is in the business of sourcing, processing and marketing quality value-added products from around the world to the foodservice and retail markets.

Rod Van Wyngarden

Rod Van Wyngarden joined Tampa Maid Foods in January of 2018 and is now the acting President & COO.  Rod brings over 30 years’ worth of experience in the food business that includes: managing 24 Taco Bell restaurants for PepsiCo, working for Illes Seasonings and Flavors, first as Vice President of Sales, and later as President, a combined 21 years at Cargill in a variety of sales leadership roles. Before joining Tampa Maid Foods, Rod was working for North Central Equity as President of Wells Food Processing. Rod has three grown daughters and a grandson. Rod is also an author, having published eight books. His children’s series is in over 400 elementary school libraries, and he has raised over $10,000 for schools and charities with the sales from his books.

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TECO-Peoples Gas

Tampa Electric, an investor owned electric utility who started business in 1899, serves the eastern part of Polk with 85,000 customers.  Peoples Gas, a natural gas utility that st...

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TECO-Peoples Gas

Tampa Electric, an investor owned electric utility who started business in 1899, serves the eastern part of Polk with 85,000 customers.  Peoples Gas, a natural gas utility that started business in 1895, today has a Lakeland presence with 5800 customers.

Nick Plott

Nick Plott is Regional Manager for Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas in Polk County, working in the areas of local government, community relations and economic development. Nick received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Law from Western Carolina University.

Terrace Hotel

As Lakeland, Florida’s only full-service, luxury hotel, The Terrace Hotel has been beautifully restored, providing a glimpse into Lakeland’s own history. Considered by many to ...

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Terrace Hotel

As Lakeland, Florida’s only full-service, luxury hotel, The Terrace Hotel has been beautifully restored, providing a glimpse into Lakeland’s own history. Considered by many to be the centerpiece of downtown Lakeland’s rebirth, The Terrace Hotel is home to exceptional comfort and exquisite accommodations. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide each and every guest with a truly unforgettable, equally restful, experience.

Bruce Dunbar

Bruce Dunbar is General Manager of Terrace Hotel. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Business concentration in Hospitality and Accounting. Bruce started his career with Hyatt Hotels with advanced positions at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Doral Hotel and Country Club Miami and Nemacolin in Pennsylvania. Email

Tomlinson Realty and Construction

Tomlinson Realty is a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in leasing, sales, and commercial property investment located in the historic Clonts Building on Kentucky Avenue...

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Tomlinson Realty and Construction

Tomlinson Realty is a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in leasing, sales, and commercial property investment located in the historic Clonts Building on Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland. Tomlinson Construction is a Florida certified general contractor, which has built projects in Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Colorado and central Florida and large custom residential and remodeling projects in Lakeland. Most of Tomlinson's work has been custom design build for repeat clientele.

Macon Tomlinson

Macon Tomlinson began his career in western Colorado building industrial and office projects for oil shale service companies long before the current fracking boom. He moved to Lakeland in 1985 and formed his company in 1989. He has built projects in several states and Florida. He is a licensed commercial real estate broker, builder, and investor. Email

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

The TownePlace Suites Lakeland is a proud member of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and is operated by Intermountain  Hotels, which operates over 50 hotels nationally. Our 112 su...

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott

The TownePlace Suites Lakeland is a proud member of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and is operated by Intermountain  Hotels, which operates over 50 hotels nationally. Our 112 suite extended stay hotel offers full kitchens in all our suites as well as the following complimentary amenities: hot breakfast buffet, high speed internet access, business center services and fitness center.  Our goal is to make our guests feel at home and stay productive with thoughtful service, comfortable spaces and local know-how.

Stephan Rice

Stephan is excited to be the Director of Sales for the TownePlace Suites Lakeland,  the 300th TownePlace Suites by Marriott to open! His 25+ years of hospitality sales experience in the Central Florida area ranges from Cocoa Beach to Orlando and now to Lakeland. He is Past President of the Greater Orlando Chapter of Meeting Professionals International.  Stephan is a member of the Lakeland Hotel/Motel Association and the Visit Central Florida  Sports & Special Events Committee. Email

 

Tratt Properties LLC

In the last 15 years, Tratt Properties LLC has developed and acquired over 7 million square feet of institutional grade logistics properties in key markets across the United States...

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Tratt Properties LLC

In the last 15 years, Tratt Properties LLC has developed and acquired over 7 million square feet of institutional grade logistics properties in key markets across the United States. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Tratt is a dedicated and experienced real estate and financial team engaged in the acquisition and development of institutional grade logistics properties in key markets throughout the United States. We are focused on delivering flexible and scalable global supply chain real estate solutions that go beyond basic transportation, warehousing, and distribution.

Jonathan Tratt

Jonathan Tratt is the founder and Managing Principal of Tratt Properties LLC, a Phoenix based commercial real estate development/investment firm. Mr. Tratt has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate and has been regarded for his extensive expertise in real estate development, acquisition and property management services for logistics and e-commerce properties. Mr. Tratt was the 2017 National Chairman for NAIOP, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association. He is on the Executive Committee of Valley Forge Military Academy & College Board of Trustees in Wayne, PA and is a Developer Associate Member of SIOR. Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton. Email

Vogel Bros. Building Co.

Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth-generation construction services company, is a leading builder in  varied market segments. This award winning company has earned recognition for ...

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Vogel Bros. Building Co.

Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth-generation construction services company, is a leading builder in  varied market segments. This award winning company has earned recognition for commissioning large-scale and complex projects, innovation, new technologies, and making a difference in their community. The basis of their philosophy is building with values, solutions and accountability. Vogel Bros. employs 120 dedicated managers, craftsmen, and support staff in Madison, WI and Lakeland. They offer clients the accessibility and support of a local business with the stability and resources of a multi-million dollar organization.

Darren Vogel

Darren Vogel oversees the day-to-day operations of the Florida office where he plays an active role in each project. As a registered professional engineer, his experience in commercial, heavy civil and industrial construction make him uniquely qualified to coach field staff on pursuits unique to Florida. Email

 

Wall Titus

Wall Titus has been helping clients identify and respond to a range of business and financial challenges since 1986. The Lakeland firm has a team of experts to guide clients in acc...

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Wall Titus

Wall Titus has been helping clients identify and respond to a range of business and financial challenges since 1986. The Lakeland firm has a team of experts to guide clients in accounting, wealth management, and a variety of business services. The Wall Titus team is committed to being accessible to all clients and proactive in offering meaningful advice.

Ira Anderson

Ira graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has spent the last 30 years working for local or national CPA firms overseeing their audit practices, serving companies in numerous industries, such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, and agriculture, with various complex accounting and auditing issues. Ira is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also Certified in Florida Sales and Use Tax (CFST) in the State of Florida. He has served on many not-for-profit boards, including Lakeland City Baseball, The Polk Museum of Art, The Polk Theatre, Girls, Inc., and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Polk County.  Ira’s married to Alisa and has three children, Ian, Ava, and Asher. Email

 

 

Wards Air Conditioning

Wards Air Conditioning has served the Lakeland community since 1961. Wards Air Conditioning is a full service air conditioning contractor with one of the largest service department...

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Wards Air Conditioning

Wards Air Conditioning has served the Lakeland community since 1961. Wards Air Conditioning is a full service air conditioning contractor with one of the largest service departments in Polk County. Wards specializes in Design/Build contracting and is currently the largest Trane dealer in Central Florida.

Tim Rice

Tim Rice has been the President and sole stock owner of Wards for over 25 years. Mr. Rice is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree from the Fisher College of Business in MIS & Mathematical Statistics.

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Wiginton Fire Systems

Wiginton incorporates a team of highly skilled and trained engineers, distributors, installers and service technicians. The company is 100% employee-owned. Wiginton has built a st...

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Wiginton Fire Systems

Wiginton incorporates a team of highly skilled and trained engineers, distributors, installers and service technicians. The company is 100% employee-owned. Wiginton has built a strong bond of loyalty and quality that is evident with the longevity and expertise reflected in the Wiginton team.

Hector Ramirez

Hector is Vice President and branch manager for Wiginton Fire Systems serving the Tampa, Lakeland,  and Ft. Myers areas. Hector has been with Wiginton since 1995. He began as a green helper for the Pompano Beach branch and then migrated between the Miami and West Palm Beach branches. Hector was promoted to VP/Branch Manager in 2014 and now lives in Riverview with his wife and children. Email

William Harrell

Dir. of Corp. Compliance & Government Affairs at Harrell's

Will is a native of Lakeland and a part of the fourth generation of Harrells in three-quarters of a century to serve in the company, which was established in 1941. After receiving...

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William Harrell

Dir. of Corp. Compliance & Government Affairs at Harrell's

Will is a native of Lakeland and a part of the fourth generation of Harrells in three-quarters of a century to serve in the company, which was established in 1941. After receiving dual bachelor degrees in Food & Resource Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida, Will went on to earn both his J.D. and M.B.A. from Samford University. Beginning his career as a corporate transaction attorney with Peterson & Myers, P.A., Will left private practice to join Harrell's full time in 2015

Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $11 billion through several divisions including Wood Environment & Infrastructu...

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Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $11 billion through several divisions including Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. Wood is a diverse business, with around 6,000 people in about 175 offices. Our business locations reach from northern Canada to southern Chile and across the United Kingdom and Continental Europe and include Lakeland, Florida. We provide a full range of services to clients in the power, government, industrial, mining, transportation, pharmaceutical, water, and oil & gas sectors.

Mike Phelps

Michael Phelps is the Lakeland Office Manager for Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. and has more than 25 years of experience with a wide variety of engineering projects. Mike has managed hundreds of projects and continuing contracts for engineering services for counties and cities throughout Florida. Email

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