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Saint Leo University Names John Nisbet Vice President of Business Affairs, Chief Financial Officer

John NisbetLEO, FL – Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, president of Saint Leo University, announced the appointment of John Nisbet as vice president of Business Affairs and chief financial officer (CFO) effective July 1.

In his role at Saint Leo, Nisbet will be responsible for the university’s financial staff, Human Resources, and University Technology Services. One of his major duties will be to create a five-year fiscal plan, including operating and capital budgets, revenue, and strategic investments.

“We are excited to have John join Saint Leo University. His background and experience fit well as we prepare for the next phase of our growth,” Senese said.

Nisbet comes to Saint Leo from Creighton University, in Omaha, Neb., where he served as vice president for finance and was responsible for financial planning and analysis, operating and capital budgets, accounting services, purchasing, risk management, and treasury services.

Prior to Creighton, Nisbet held several other leadership roles in finance and administration at Ohio State University; the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida; OhioHealth, a faith-based system of hospitals and health care providers in central Ohio; and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree specializing in corporate finance from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in molecular and cellular physiology from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from The Ohio State University.

“I am thrilled to join Saint Leo University,” Nisbet said. “In my discussions with the president, members of the university cabinet, and several trustees, I found a unified passion for the Benedictine values. The university has also created a realistic strategic plan to grow into the future, and I’m excited for the opportunity to contribute.”

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.


Eye Specialists of Mid Florida, P.A. Now Scheduling Back To School Eye Appointments

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Does your child struggle with reading or schoolwork? He or she may benefit from a comprehensive eye exam.                       

The majority of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are easily treatable. Even if your child participated in a vision screening at their school or pediatrician’s office, he or she may benefit from a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist, who can detect eye damage or conditions that are not typically found during vision screenings alone.

The American Optometric Association advocates that children should receive a comprehensive eye exam before entering the first grade and annually thereafter. If you notice the following symptoms before your child starts first grade or between annual appointments, schedule an appointment so your child does not fall behind. Remember, most problems are easily treatable when detected early.

Common symptoms of vision or eye health problems that can interfere with reading and learning include:

  • Squinting
  • Headaches
  • Focusing with one eye
  • Eye rubbing
  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Losing place while reading
  • Skips or rereads lines while reading
  • Number and letter reversals, such as “b” and “d”
  • Homework takes much longer than it should
  • Child reports having trouble seeing the board at school

Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida has been a leading eye care provider in the area for over 50 years. Our mission is to provide the highest quality and most technologically advanced eye care with compassion and integrity. We have seven convenient locations in Clermont, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Sebring and Winter Haven. Learn more at


Call 800-282-EYES (3937) to schedule an eye exam appointment today!



New Apps and Kiosks Help Patients and Families Find Their Way Around Medical Center

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to offer several robust new technologies that make navigating through the Medical Center convenient, quick and effortless for patients, families and guests.

Lakeland Regional Health and LogicJunction worked together to develop a comprehensive navigation system, including a mobile app and website app, that provides step-by-step directions to guide visitors and patients to any location within the hospital.

“Technology has the power to connect people in innovative and practical ways,” said Stacy Bolton, Lakeland Regional Health Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “We are so pleased to offer our patients and families this new tool to make access to healthcare on our Medical Center more convenient.”

The LRH GO mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play, provides patients and caregivers turn-by-turn directions throughout the hospital using a blue dot, similar to GPS. In addition to seamless digital directions when onsite, the app also allows the user to save common locations and view hospital events. The website app provides the ability to create day-of-visit itineraries with easy-to-follow directions and maps that can be emailed or printed with a few clicks. The same technology can be used by Medical Center team members as well as healthcare providers throughout the community to optimize directions they provide to patients and families when asked.

As part of this project, touch-screen kiosks greet visitors at the entrances to the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children as well as the B Wing. Since the introduction of the wayfinding technology in mid-June, hundreds of visitors already have taken advantage of the new technology to help them navigate our campus.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this innovative wayfinding system to Lakeland Regional Health and its community of users,” said LogicJunction Chief Product Officer Mike Drozda. “Our goal is to offer easy-to-follow directions to improve indoor navigation and optimize patient experience at world-class hospitals like Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.”

Lakeland Regional Health has been recognized four times as one of the nation’s Most Wired hospitals and healthcare systems by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. This designation recognizes Lakeland Regional Health’s dedication to building an exceptional infrastructure and advanced clinical processes guided by technology.

About Lakeland Regional Health

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status four times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, a Level II Trauma Center and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

About LogicJunction

LogicJunction is a Cleveland-based technology solutions provider specializing in indoor navigation systems for the healthcare industry. With a suite of well-established navigation platforms, including a state-of-the-art mobile app that fuses Geomagnetic coordinates with Wi-Fi and BLE data, LogicJunction delivers a scalable and cost-saving system that enhances indoor experience. For information, visit


Local and Regional Candidates to Participate in 2018 Hob Nob

LAKELAND, FL (July 12, 2018) – The 2018 Political Hob Nob being hosted at the Rocking H Ranch on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, provides an occasion to meet with local and state candidates and learn more about them.

In an effort to increase awareness of and participation in the elections process, the Lakeland Chamber provides this opportunity for the local community to speak with candidates and local clubs at their respective booths.  Attendees will vote in a Straw Poll administered by the Polk County Supervisor of Elections from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM with the results announced that evening at 7:45 PM.  Candidates will take the stage to introduce themselves.

The Rocking H Ranch provides the perfect “Old Florida” backdrop for the event.  Originally, an old Cattle Ranch, it now is one of the leading Agritourism spots in Florida.  Attendees will also enjoy great BBQ, beverages, valet parking and good company.

The event is made possible by underwriting from community-focused companies and organizations – Red Sponsors are Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A., Ledger Media Group, Rocking H Ranch, Spectrum Business; Gubernatorial Sponsors include A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., Reed Mawhinney & Link, PLLC, and Watson Clinic LLP. Other sponsors and supporters are Bernie Little Distributors, BTB Catering, Lakeland Valet, Polk County Supervisor of Elections, WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio, and (Linking Community Now Inc.).

Candidates may register for a Table until Tuesday, August 7, 2018 using this link or by visiting and clicking on the Events Calendar tab.

Tickets to the event are $25 with advance purchase and $30 if purchased at the door.  Corporate 10-Packs are available for $200.  Sponsorships are available.  Tickets can be purchased by using this link or by visiting and clicking on the Events Calendar tab.

Candidates and clubs that are currently registered to attend are listed below.  Candidates will be added to our event page as they register – please visit and click the Events Calendar tab to view.

Representative in Congress, District 15:

Neil Combee

Sean Harper

Danny Kushmer

Ed Shoemaker

Ross Spano

Kristen Carlson

Andrew P. Learned

Representative in Congress, District 17:

Greg Steube


Philip Levine

Attorney General:

Ashley Moody

State Senator, District 22:

Kelli Stargel

State Senator, District 26:

Catherine Price

State Representative, District 39:

Josie Tomkow

State Representative, District 40:

Colleen Burton

Shandale Terrell

State Representative, District 56:

Melony Bell

Jeff Mann

County Commissioner, District 2:

Kathryn “Kat” Gates-Skipper

Rick Wilson

County Commissioner, District 4:

Jim Guth

Martha Santiago

Circuit Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit, Group 10:

Lee Cohen

Melissa Gravitt

Circuit Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit, Group 11:

Dana Y. Moore

Stephen Paul Pinket

School Board, District 3:

Sarah Fortney

Scott Jones

LaTrice Moore

Kala Tedder

School Board, District 5:

Terry L. Clark

Kay Fields

Jennifer Sabin

School Board, District 7:

David Byrd

Lisa Miller

Clubs and Organizations:

The Republican Club of Lakeland

The Democratic Women’s Club of Lakeland

The Republican Women’s Club of Lakeland, Federated
Event Sponsors:

Red Sponsors

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

Rocking H Ranch

Ledger Media Group

Spectrum Business

Gubernatorial Sponsors

A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure

Reed Mawhinney & Link, PLLC

Watson Clinic LLP

Media Partners

Big 4 Radio – WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio (Linking Community Now Inc.)

Exclusive Beer Sponsor

Bernie Little Distributor

Event Sponsors

BTB Catering

Lakeland Valet

Event Partner

Polk County Supervisor of Elections

Location:  Rocking H Ranch, 2200 Ewell Rd, Lakeland, FL  33811

Date/Time Information:  Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier,


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.


Lakeland Chamber President Cory Skeates Nominated as Treasurer of FACP

facpThe Nominating Committee, chaired by Dawn Adams of the Jax Chamber, has completed its work and presents the following slate of nominees:

New Board Members: (3 years)

Tamara Fleischhaker, Ocala/Marion County

Janet Kersey, Daytona

Sarah Pearson, Boca

Ray Villegas, Seminole County


Board Members for Re-Appointment:

Skip Alford, Palm Harbor (3 years)

Hope Allen, North Tampa (1 year)

Cindy Brief, Coral Springs (1 year)

Ted Everett, Washington County (3 years)

Kelly Flannery, South Tampa (3 years)

John Newstreet, Kissimmee-Osceola County (3 years)

Tracy Wilson, Tampa (3 years)

Chair Appointment: (1 year)

Kristopher McLane, Panama City Beach



Elizabeth Spies, Destin



Cory Skeates, Lakeland


Regional Chairs:  (*new)

*Central: Ray Villegas, Seminole County

East Central: Debbie Connors, Port Orange-S. Daytona

Northeast: Tresa Calfee, Clay County

Northwest: Ted Everett, Washington County

*Southeast: Cindy Brief, Coral Springs

Southwest: Donna Germain, Cape Coral

West Central: Kelly Flannery, South Tampa

Please join us in congratulating the nominees and thanking them for their willingness to serve!