Mortgage Lender Signs 5-Year Naming Rights Deal
Lakeland, FL ? The Lakeland Center; home to the Lakeland Magic (NBA D-League), Florida Tropics (Major Arena Soccer League), the Florida High School Basketball Championships, as well as other entertainment, sporting, meeting, cultural and special events; will become the RP Funding Center. The re-naming announcement came from the City of Lakeland today and reflects a multi-year alliance formed by RP Funding, the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic.
RP Funding, part of the Robert Palmer Companies, is a direct mortgage lender that underwrites, closes and funds its own loans. RP Funding was also recently announced as the Lakeland Magic’s Founding Partner.
“We’re thrilled to forge this partnership with the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic,” said RP Funding President/Owner Robert Palmer. “As a Lakeland native, I’m excited about making an impact in my hometown and the opportunities this partnership provides with the City and the Magic while building and growing RP Funding in Central Florida and beyond.”
RP Funding will receive exterior and interior building signage along with television, radio, print and social media promotion. The 5-year naming rights agreement will generate additional revenue toward the operation and maintenance of the facility.
“We’re pleased to generate additional revenue sources, continuing our goal to operate a self-sustaining venue,” said RP Funding Center Executive Director Tony Camarillo. “With more than 500 events per year, we are confident the RP Funding Center will continue to serve as a key venue for Lakeland’s sporting, meeting, entertainment, cultural and special events.”
“We’re looking forward to many memorable moments ahead in the RP Funding Center,” said Lakeland Magic President Shelly Wilkes. “RP Funding represents the excellence we strive for in bringing our product to our fans and stakeholders. We are excited to bring RP Funding on board. This is a win-win-win situation for the City of Lakeland, RP Funding and the Lakeland Magic.”
The RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center) is a multi-purpose entertainment complex featuring the 8,000 seat Jenkins Arena, 2,200 seat Youkey Theatre and 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space. The facility hosts a wide variety of events ranging from nationally renowned artists, family shows,
athletic events, trade shows, conventions, weddings and ride-and-drive showcases.
Owned and operated by the City of Lakeland, the facility opened as The Lakeland Civic Center 1974 and was re-named The Lakeland Center in June of 1996 after adding more exhibition, conference and meeting space.
ABOUT ROBERT PALMER COMPANIES
Based in Central Florida, Robert Palmer Companies is involved in the financing, marketing and escrow of more than $5 billion in residential real estate. The company has a combined staff of nearly 400 and revenues of $100 million annually. In addition to RP Funding, one of the leading direct mortgage lenders in Central Florida, the Robert Palmer Companies also features RP Title and Escrow providing residential and commercial real estate closing services; ‘Saving Thousands’ radio program and ARMR Appraisal Management, a full-service residential real estate appraisal management company. Most recently, Robert Palmer Companies launched two marketing-tech companies: Homevalue.com, which provides personalized reports on homeowners’ property values from a local real estate agent and Listing Power Tools, a company that helps real estate agents craft the perfect listing presentation. For more information visit www.robertpalmercompanies.com.
ABOUT THE RP FUNDING CENTER
The RP Funding Center is Central Florida’s convention, sports, lifestyle and entertainment destination. The facility is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4 on Lime Street; the RP Funding Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 863.834.8111, our toll-free line at 888.397.0100 or visit www.rpfundingcenter.com.
ABOUT THE LAKELAND MAGIC
On December 14, 2016 the Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League (D-League) announced that the Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida and begin play during the 2017-18 season. With the purchase, the Magic became the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA G-League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic. The franchise will play its 24 home games at the RP Funding Center. The Lakeland Magic season is made up of 50 regular-season games plus a postseason and runs from November to April. Season ticket deposits for the 2017-18 season are now being accepted by calling 863-325-3258 or logging on to www.lakelandmagic.com.