15Aug/18

MIDFLORIDA Announces Strong Financial Results in First Half of 2018

Lakeland, Fla. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union reports strong financial results in the first half of 2018, thanks largely to the continued success of its expansion markets in the greater Orlando and Tampa areas. At the close of the second quarter, assets totaled $3.24 billion, up almost $190 million for the year.

“Following a record-setting second quarter, our net income for the first half of 2018 was just over $20 million,” comments Zelda V. Abram, MIDFLORIDA’s Chief Financial Officer. Much of the company’s growth can be attributed to the addition of more than 16,000 new members so far in 2018, with the credit union now boasting more than 300,000 members.

MIDFLORIDA anticipates that momentum from the first half of 2018 will continue throughout the year and into 2019. By early next year, the credit union will open their first Hernando County branch in Spring Hill and two additional branches in St. Lucie County.

About MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

MIDFLORIDA is a state-chartered financial institution headquartered in Lakeland, Fla. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school within its Central Florida service area, which spans from coast to coast.

 

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15Aug/18

Inc. magazine today revealed that Digital Boardwalk is No. 4205 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000

NEW YORK, August 15, 2018 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Digital
Boardwalk is No. 4205 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking
of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look
at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic
segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza,
Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names
gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“I remember perusing the pages of Inc. magazine in bookstores in the mid-nineties
and dreaming about one day being the CEO of a company on those pages. It has
always been my dream to build and lead a fast charging technology company,”
says Digital Boardwalk CEO Tim Shoop. “I learned through years of
Entrepreneurship that it would not only take a good idea, but a unique and
innovative team to build and reach those goals. The team at Digital Boardwalk is
that team. Many companies may sell similar products or services, but the special
sauce is the talent that collaborates and works hard every day to make the
experience exceptional for the customer. My focus as CEO of Digital Boardwalk is
to find great talent and combine it with a unique company culture that instills a
passion for service in each of our colleagues. It is a privilege to be recognized as
part of the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. I am proud of the team, my extended family,
that landed us here.”
Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at
Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured inthe September issue of Inc.,
available on newsstands August 15) been very competitive within their markets,
but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The
2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2
percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue
was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive
database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at
www.inc.com/inc5000.
“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of
hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of
business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way
entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”
The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October
17 to 19, 2018, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, in San
Antonio, Texas. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and
business leaders of our generation.
CONTACT: Tim Shoop
Chief Executive Officer
855-350-2225
Tim.shoop@digitalboardwalk.com
Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management
and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses
throughout Florida and beyond. We help customers achieve
reliability, security, and peace of mind through award-winning
support, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and backup services. We
know that technology is integral to your business, so we work
diligently to keep your technology working for our clients.
Our team of certified technology specialists bring their individual
expertise and knowledge to each job at hand. Together, we promise
to provide you with the best customer service experience, industryleading
technology, and continuous innovation, all catered to your
specific needs.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000
Methodology
The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when
comparing 2014 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and
generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held,
for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as
of December 31, 2017. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone
public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the
minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline
applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s
September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found
at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only
major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private
companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company
builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in
both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been
growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000,000 today. For
more information, visit www.inc.com.
The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.
Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial
success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that
celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers
informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.
For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit

http://conference.inc.com/.

15Aug/18

Southeastern University Partners with The Christian Hall at Watoto Church in International Education

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Lakeland, FL - Southeastern University will introduce its first international partnership this fall in East Africa, through The Christian Hall at Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda. This local church-based partnership will provide Christ-centered online degree programs in business and leadership for East Africa.

“We are excited for this partnership and look forward to welcoming people from East Africa into our SEU community. Our goal is to continue to partner with local churches in order to provide an innovative delivery of Christian higher education around the world,” said Dr. Kent Ingle, Southeastern University president.

Southeastern is working with Watoto Church in Uganda to support the Hall. Planted during a civil war in 1984, Watoto Church aimed to provide hope and life to the nation of Uganda. Since then, Watoto has placed thousands of orphans into families, empowered vulnerable women to reach their communities, rescued babies and former child soldiers, and sent children’s choirs across six continents. The church currently has 12 campuses across Uganda, and in Juba, South Sudan.

“The program at Watoto Church will serve as a model for other global education initiatives for the university,” said Nick Wallsteadt, vice president of unrestricted education for Southeastern University.

Students at the Hall will benefit from mentorship, coaching, tutorials and opportunities, with a strong focus on innovating the marketplace of Kampala and East Africa. The Hall offers logistical support to its membership, including enrollment in academic programs and technical support in addition to spiritual and vocational formation.

“Members of the Hall who enroll at Southeastern University have the unique opportunity of attending a U.S. academic institution, while benefiting from significant investment in their intellectual, spiritual, and vocational formation by the staff and volunteers at the church,” said Dr. Nicholas Ellis, director of The Christian Hall at Watoto Church.

A dean of students from the Hall will oversee the operations of the programs and necessary academic and non-academic support to students. Students will be assigned academic and spiritual mentors to help them adapt to the rhythms of student life, provide accountability and spiritual support, and help find pathways for marketplace innovation and ministry opportunities. The classes will be taught online by Southeastern faculty members.

“The vision of the partnerships is to match high-quality academic study with deeply integrated formation of the whole person. We believe this kind of close partnership is a unique approach to providing personal and social transformation,” said Ellis.

The programs offered in the fall include a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business and Professional Leadership, and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership, which is the first step toward the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

“Often times, there are not opportunities of Christian higher education in other countries,” said Wallsteadt. “Education is a tool or mechanism that can break cycles of poverty.”

Although based in Lakeland, Fla., Southeastern’s reach extends beyond the campus to more than 110 extension sites across the United States, with an anticipated enrollment of more than 7,700 students this fall.

Southeastern’s goal is to continue partnerships with local churches in various countries around the world and open other online learning opportunities in countries including Brazil and Southeast Asia.

For more information on Southeastern’s partnerships in East Africa, visit https://partners.seu.edu/eastafrica/.

13Aug/18

Cy Young Award Winner Inspires Children at FBCH and One More Child

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(LAKELAND, FL) – Children on the Lakeland campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) and One More Child welcomed a famous visitor recently. John Denny, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who won the National League Cy Young Award in 1983, visited the campus to share with children the role faith has played in his life and journey as a pro athlete.

Dressed in his Philadelphia Phillies jersey, Denny spoke to children who live on the FBCH campus as well as those who attend Kamp KIRM, a camp put on by Keepin’ It Real Ministries, a local ministry partner of FBCH and One More Child.

The main focus of his speech was to lean on God through everything and store up treasures in heaven. He made the point in contrast to the many earthly treasures he brought with him.

Denny brought his collection of awards and memorabilia. Among these items were a plaque commemorating his Cy Young Award, an assortment of baseball cards, pictures from his career and a World Series ring that Denny earned as a rehabilitation pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Denny taught the audience different pitching techniques and ways to hold a baseball. At the end of the event, he shook each child’s hand and gave away autographed photos. In addition to his autograph, Denny also wrote “Romans 10:9.”

Denny played in the MLB from 1974 to 1986. He was drafted when he was 17 years old. He played five seasons in the minor leagues before getting promoted to the major leagues. Denny played five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, three seasons with the Cleveland Indians, three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and one season with the Cincinnati Reds.

During his MLB career, Denny won many awards. In 1976, he tied for youngest pitcher to win an ERA title. In 1983, in addition to winning a Cy Young award, he was also named Comeback Player of the Year and Sporting News National League Pitcher of the Year.

After his baseball career, he was a rehabilitation pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Denny is now retired and resides in Winter Garden, Fla.

 

Championship Ring.jpg / A Camp KIRM student holds Denny’s National League Championship Ring. Denny won this ring when he played for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Autograph.jpg / John Denny greets a Camp KIRM student and gives her an autographed photo of himself. All of the children lined up and waited eagerly to meet the former MLB pitcher

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Coach Mozell.jpg / Coach Mozell Axson, one of the leaders of Camp KIRM, shakes hands with John Denny. Kamp KIRM partners with FBCH and One More Child to give children fun opportunities like meeting a former MLB pitcher. 

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