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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
At AdventHealth, Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ is our mission. It calls us to be His hands and feet in helping people feel whole. Our story is one of hope — one that strives to heal and restore the body, mind and spirit. More than 80,000 skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. Our Christian mission, shared vision, common values and focus on whole-person health is our commitment to making communities healthier with a unified system: 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in diverse markets throughout nine states.
As Market CEO in Polk County, Brian Adams oversees AdventHealth Heart of Florida and AdventHealth Lake Wales as well as AdventHealth Four Corners ER. Adams is also responsible for future growth of AdventHealth facilities in Polk County. Since coming to Polk County in 2019, Adams has supervised the infusion of more than $15 million in renovations and technology upgrades at AdventHealth Heart of Florida, a 202-bed facility located in Davenport and AdventHealth Lake Wales, a 160-bed facility in Lake Wales. Email
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'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 year and is home to educational facilities, the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Florida Air Museum.
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 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 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
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
Courtney Eelman joined the AgAmerica Lending team in July 2017. She is the Chief Strategy and Risk Officer and her focus is to align strategy, processes, people, technology and knowledge as AgAmerica manages risk throughout the lending process. Courtney holds more than 20 years of experience in agriculture lending. Since joining AgAmerica, Courtney has created efficiencies and processes that have led to improved loan volume with an overall increase of 150% since 2016. Courtney has established both the Credit and Servicing departments and was instrumental in obtaining Central Servicer status with one of the agriculture GSEs. Email
Allen & Company of Florida
At Allen & Company, it is our vision to be the primary Financial Advisor to individuals and businesses within the communities we serve. It is our mission to be the premier provider of comprehensive financial management services to our clients, guiding them to invest and diversify their wealth for its prudent transfer. We always place our clients’ interests first. We strive to be the best place to work, and we enhance the quality of life in our communities.
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 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 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 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, 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 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 true interest in the customer’s success result in greater customer satisfaction.
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 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 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, 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
The Beck Group delivers award-winning construction and architecture expertise through our unified delivery model. This meeting of the minds in dual disciplines lets Beck provide clients with swift and efficient project delivery. At every stage, their multi-disciplinary teams bring a full range of expertise and creative thinking to meet clients' needs and deliver singular results. Over the years, Beck's work has been recognized as both groundbreaking and trendsetting, and the firm has earned a reputation for progressive evolution, innovation and expansion. Through Beck's offices in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Tampa and Mexico City, they provide architecture, construction, sustainability and technology that support client needs, no matter the project challenge at hand. When you need unified excellence that you can depend on, you need Beck.
In his role as Regional Director, Ryan oversees all design and construction aspects of Beck’s Florida division. His expertise lies in his ability to create team synergies for the benefit of the project and its participants. Ryan’s propensity to understand complex design and construction challenges, find innovative solutions, and establish open and honest communication with owners and project team members results in successful projects from beginning to end.
Ryan grew up in Winter Haven, Florida and relocated to Tampa in 1994 to attend the University of South Florida. Ryan is married to his wife Charity and they have two sons, Isaac and Gabe. He is an avid University of South Florida Bulls fan, enjoys traveling, boating and spending time with his family. 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 growth of an existing enterprise.
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 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 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
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.
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
BKS Partners (Lanier Upshaw)
BKS Partners formerly 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. BKS Partners 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 BKS Partners can resource clients in order to recruit top talent.
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 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 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
Bobby Krueger is an Associate with Brennan Investment Group. In this capacity Mr. Krueger is responsible for financial and market analysis of industrial developments, single-tenant net leases, and corporate real estate acquisitions across Florida. While at Brennan Investment Group, Mr. Krueger has assisted in the acquisition, development, and recapitalization of over $170 million in transactions totaling approximately 3.7 million square feet.
Mr. Krueger graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate. He is a member of NAIOP and a licensed Real Estate Associate in the State of Florida. 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 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, 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 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 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 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 is the general manager at Carpenter Company. He's been with the cushioning products company since 2001. Email
Catapult Lakeland, Inc. was established in 2013 to help fuel the formation and development of start-up companies and innovative ideas in the Lakeland, Florida area through educational and mentoring programs. Catapult provides an atmosphere for education, mentoring, training and accelerating innovative ideas to help entrepreneurs learn how to build stronger businesses. We provide educational opportunities and resources that allow entrepreneurs to pitch and flush out ideas to catapult their businesses to the next level, as well as identify technologies or business gaps and provide value-added solutions. Catapult is a place where ideas can be shared and problems can be solved in an entrepreneurial culture that encourages and fosters innovation for the betterment of the Lakeland community.
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.
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
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, the manager of CED/Raybro Lakeland, is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Email
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