Membership Directory by Company

GMF Steel

GMF Steel Group, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, also has offices in Orlando, Lake Nona, Tampa, Melbourne and Winston-Salem, NC. During our 40 years of business, we have become...

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GMF Steel

GMF Steel

GMF Steel Group, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, also has offices in Orlando, Lake Nona, Tampa, Melbourne and Winston-Salem, NC. During our 40 years of business, we have become a premier provider of Structural Steel Design, Fabrication and Erection for the southeast United States. GMF has earned the opportunity to work along side many of the top general contractors in the country as well as working on several high profile projects such as Toy Story Land, Harry Potter World, JW Marriott, University of Florida Baseball Stadium, and more! GMF takes great pride in our tenacious work ethic, professionalism, and absolute commitment to customer service.

Sara Taylor

As Marketing & Public Relations at GMF Steel Group, Sara Taylor has a part in consistently innovating GMF's brand to be aligned with the standards of excellence. She also has the honor of being on the Talent Acquisition team where GMF is committed to developing A-Level Talent. After graduating college, Sara Taylor started as GMF’s Business Development Assistant where she monitored bid invitations and learned how to read construction drawings. After a year, she was promoted to Marketing & Public Relations where she now oversees social media, Talent Acquisition, supervises marketing interns, maintains promotional items, and coordinates events, recruiting, and branding.

4600 Drane Field Road,Lakeland,3381

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.

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 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, 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

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

Hamilton Engineering

Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, Inc. (HESI) is a civil engineering and surveying firm with more than 30 years of experience offering land planning, surveying and mapping, per...

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Hamilton Engineering

Hamilton Engineering

Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, Inc. (HESI) is a civil engineering and surveying firm with more than 30 years of experience offering land planning, surveying and mapping, permitting, environmental, civil engineering, and drone services across Central Florida and the Gulf. HESI’s technical expertise includes rezoning, conducting a variety of surveys, designing master utility plans, permitting for local and federal agencies, stormwater modeling, and providing construction administration. Since the firm was established in Tampa (1989), it has expanded to a second office in Orlando, Florida. With a prominent presence in Central Florida, HESI’s services have significantly contributed to a variety of residential, commercial and industrial land development projects.

Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton is the Director of Business Development and Project Manager at Hamilton Engineering & Surveying, Inc. She started at HESI in 2016 as an Engineering Intern/Project Engineer working on stormwater drainage design, master utility design, stormwater modeling, grading, and paving design for large residential subdivisions and commercial projects. Ms. Hamilton is active in the Tampa Bay area and is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Committee, Real Estate Investment Council (REIC), Young Professionals Committee, Society of Real Estate Professionals (SOREP), and Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA). She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and from University of Florida with a certificate degree in Geomatics. Ms. Hamilton expects to be a registered Professional Engineer by the end of 2020 and a Professional Mapper and Surveyor by 2024. Outside of the office, Ms. Hamilton is earning her pilot’s license and enjoys rollerblading on Bayshore Boulevard. Mail

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

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.

Jason Holm

A Florida native, Jason Holm was born in Ocala and moved to Lakeland in 1983.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1999 with a BA and earned his MBA from Webster University in 2008.  Jason has been in banking since 2000; as commercial banker, he provides services in lending, cash flow conversion cycles, deposit needs and treasury management solutions that streamline efficiency.  He has also worked as an adjunct at Florida Southern College teaching Managerial Finance for the Barney Barnett School of Business.  When not at work Jason enjoys spending time with family, boating and fishing. 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

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.-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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ryan Reis

Ryan currently serves as the Director of Business Advocacy and Engagement for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his tenure with the Chamber, he served in several Student Services positions, most recently as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services for Keiser University. Ryan has volunteered his time in the Lakeland community as member of Career Source Polk Board, Rotary International, City of Lakeland Midtown CRA, the Building Healthier Polk Initiative, and Mid-Florida SHRM. Ryan received his Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Polk State College, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida, and his M.B.A from Keiser University. 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

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.

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

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.

Michael Beckham

Mike graduated from Georgia Tech in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.  He has held Engineering and Management positions with Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority and First Energy prior to accepting the role of Assistant General Manager of Energy Production with Lakeland Electric in 2015.  He recently accepted the position of Interim General Manager of Lakeland Electric, effective April 14, 2022.  This May, he and his wife, Teresa, will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, and they have two daughters and two sons, the last of which will graduate from college this June. Email

Lakeland Leads

Lakeland Leads is a 501c(3) nonprofit, independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to produce high-quality research and tangible public policy recommendations designed t...

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Lakeland Leads

Lakeland Leads

Lakeland Leads is a 501c(3) nonprofit, independent, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to produce high-quality research and tangible public policy recommendations designed to help improve Lakeland’s K-12 education landscape and make Lakeland a better place to live, work and raise a family. In the K-12 education arena, Lakeland Leads promotes a high-quality education for all Lakeland children through finding the most promising and successful education reform initiatives from across America and supporting their launch or replication in Lakeland.

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 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

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