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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.
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, 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 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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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
Prior to this appointment as City Manager, he served as Deputy City Manager for 2 years and as Assistant City Manager for 2 years prior to that promotion. Shawn has an A.A. degree in Public Administration from Polk State College, a B.A. in Management from Warner University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida. Shawn is a lifelong resident of Lakeland; he is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVII and Leadership Polk Class IV. He serves as Treasurer for Leadership Polk Alumni Association. He also serves on the Camp Fire Sunshine Youth Development Central Florida Board of Directors. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA), having served on the Board of Directors in 2018 – 2019. Email
Clark, Campbell, Lancaster, Workman & Airth, P.A.
Clark, Campbell, Lancaster, Workman & Airth, 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 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
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 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, 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 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, 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 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 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 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 clients is the key to designing comprehensive financial plans that deliver long-term security and success.
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
Criterion Calibration Services
Criterion Calibration Services, LLC. is a calibration startup with the purpose to provide a unique calibration experience to businesses of Lakeland and the surrounding cities of Polk County, and the state of Florida. With over a decade of experience in various industries such as aerospace, automotive, and industrial. With variety of skills and diverse backgrounds in test, inspection, and validation of tools, instruments and test equipment.
Christopher is the Calibration Manager and Owner of Criterion Calibration Services, LLC. A startup calibration lab in the city of Lakeland. Prior to his start as a entrepreneur, about 10 years ago Christopher was given an opportunity to learn about the calibration industry. Since then he has worked to develop an in-house calibration lab and at the age 18 and created an ISO complaint organization within the aviation industry. 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 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 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 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.
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
Dynamic Security of Florida
Dynamic Security of Florida provides consultative and design services for unique security solutions based on the needs of the client. The company specializes in designing access control, surveillance, intrusion detection, fire, and communications solutions for its clients, whether they be a local business or an international corporation. Dynamic prides itself on being centered around the open systems model, which mean clients are not locked into proprietary-based systems.
Ricardo Rivera is the general manager at Dynamic Security of Florida, responsible for projects in North and South America (Unlimited Electrical Contractor, LIC# EC13007202). He moved to Florida in 2015 and opened Dynamic Security of Florida, a branch of the New Jersey-based company, Dynamic Security. With over 21 years of experience in the security industry, Ricardo loves working alongside clients to design security systems that fit their individual needs. Email
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
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 – Hotel
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...
Fairfield Inn & Suites Lakeland/Plant City – Hotel
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 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
Farm Credit of Central Florida
Farm Credit of Central Florida is a federally chartered, locally owned and operated cooperative. Farm Credit of Central Florida serves the agricultural and rural communities across thirteen Central Florida counties: Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Sumter, Lake, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard. Farm Credit borrowers have long enjoyed the benefits of doing business with local offices, where people know their business, their community, and their market. We are headquartered in Lakeland and have brick and mortar locations in Apopka, Brooksville, and Plant City.
Farm Credit of Central Florida is part of the larger Farm Credit System, which is a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations providing loans to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives. The Farm Credit System has been in existence since 1916.
Reggie Holt became the CEO of Farm Credit of Central Florida in April 2008. Reggie joined Farm Credit in 1982 and has spent his entire career serving the American farmer and rural communities. During his career with Farm Credit Reggie has had the opportunity to serve in various instrumental roles including branch manager, Area Vice President and SVP of Agribusiness Lending. Reggie has an MBA from Florida Southern College and a BA in Business Administration from East Carolina University. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Baking at Louisiana State University and the Wedgworth Leadership Institute at the University of Florida. Reggie is an active member of the Plant City Rotary Club.
Johan Dam is the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Risk Officer for Farm Credit of Central Florida. Johan began his career in the financial services industry in 1996 and eventually joined Farm Credit of Central Florida in 2007. Since joining Farm Credit of Central Florida Johan has held roles as a commercial loan officer, Chief Relationship Manager, Special Assets Manager, investment portfolio manager, and Director of Capital Markets. Johan holds a B.S. in Organization Management and Finance from Warner Southern College and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
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 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
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
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 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, 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
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 breads that are sold to retail and foodservice customers throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas by other Flowers bakeries.
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
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 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
Angela Rinella is vice president with responsibility for all operations in the Lakeland, Florida, regional office of Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO). Prior to assuming her current duties in 2019, Rinella had served as vice president of claims in the company’s corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with responsibility for all of GEICO’s claims operations since 2017. Rinella began her GEICO career in 2002. Rinella has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Medaille College. Email
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