LAKELAND (Sept. 28, 2017) – Professor of Accounting Lynn Clements has been presented one of the highest honors from the state’s most prestigious organization of accounting professionals.

Dr. Clements was presented the 2017 Outstanding Educator Award on Wednesday by the Florida Institute of CPAs at its annual Accounting and Business Show in Fort Lauderdale. The award recognizes full-time college accounting educators distinguished for excellence in teaching and for national prominence in the accounting profession. The award extends profession-wide recognition to the recipient and promotes role models in academia. Recipients are chosen by the Educational Foundation Committee of FICPA in a highly competitive process.

Dr. Clements, who holds the Dorotha C. Tanner Chair in Ethics in Business and Economics, has been a member of the faculty of FSC since 1984. In addition to being a CPA, she is certified as a Chartered Global Management Accountant by the American Institute of CPAs and holds a certification from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Her research focuses on fraud detection and ethics. Dr. Clements also directs the master of accountancy (MAcc) program at FSC, directs the Institute for Accounting Excellence at FSC and is the editor of the Journal of Accounting and Free Enterprise, which publishes research on important issues in accounting as they relate to free enterprise.

Dr. Clements said, “It’s an honor to be recognized by the FICPA Education Foundation, and I’d like to thank Florida Southern for allowing me to teach, mentor students and create exciting opportunities for the accounting program. I’d also like to thank my colleagues who have made this program so outstanding. Finally, I’d like to thank my family for their love and wisdom over the years and supporting me in using my God-given abilities.”

Two other members of the FSC accounting faculty previously have won the Outstanding Educator Award from FICPA. Professor Celina Jozsi was presented the award in 2010, and Dr. Will Quilliam was given the award the following year. No other college in Florida has as high a percentage of its faculty who have won the award.

Dean James Fenton of the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at FSC said, “Dr. Lynn Clements deserves this award for consistently delivering the highest quality of accounting education. She has been working at her craft as an excellent teacher-scholar in accounting for more than 30 years. Dr. Clements is the very essence of being student-centered, and her students consistently say that about her. She is a true professional in her field.” 

About Florida Southern College 

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive college and the oldest college in Florida. Florida Southern maintains its commitment to academic excellence through more than 50 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business, accounting, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Best Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a 2016 Top ROI College by Forbes; and included in The Princeton Review’s 381 Best Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa and home to the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.



LAKELAND, FLORIDA (September 26, 2017) — On Tuesday, October 3 at LkldTV Studio B – a month prior to the 2017 Municipal Election – the attendees of the Hob Nob event will have the opportunity to personally engage with candidates and representatives of committees.  Meet the candidates for Lakeland Mayor, City Commission, and representatives from groups for and against ballot initiatives.

In time for the voter registration deadline of October 9, Polk County Supervisor of Elections’ bilingual Mobile Registration/Outreach Team will be there to provide voter registration services (including name, signature, address, and party affiliation updates), vote by mail sign-ups in English and Spanish, and they will have information to share with individuals interested in becoming paid Election Day workers at voting locations throughout Polk County.

This event is made possible through the support of Publix Super Markets, Inc. and Advancing Florida Agriculture.

Candidates and Committees confirmed:
Christopher Diaz, Candidate for Mayor
Michael Dunn, SW District Commission Seat
Larry Durrence, SW District Commission Seat
Jorge Fonseca, SW District Commission Seat
Scott Franklin, SE District Commission Seat
James Green, Candidate for Mayor
Pablo Sologaistoa, SW District Commission Seat
Patrick Shawn Jones, Candidate for Mayor
Stephanie Madden, At Large #1 Commission Seat
Jim Malless, At Large #1 Commission Seat
Bill Mutz, Candidate for Mayor
Laurel Pullo, At Large #1 Commission Seat
Ricky Shirah, At Large #1 Commission Seat
Kathy Smith Barsotti, At Large #1 Commission Seat
Sandy Toledo, SE District Commission Seat
Committee for a Strong Lakeland
No Boss Mayor Committee

Admission is free with pre-registration required due to limited space. Registration:  http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/2017-lakeland-chamber-political-hob-nob-6226

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 x229

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The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

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.




Leadership Lakeland Alumni, Friends Welcome Class XXXV

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With more than 180 alumni and friends in attendance at Thursday’s Opening Reception at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Class XXXV Chair, Timothy B. Darby (Class XXIX, Darby Law Group, P.A.) introduced the 30 members of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXV. Click here to view the class directory.

Congratulations to the following members:

  • Margarita Alfaro, Marketing Director, NuJak Companies
  • Teresa Fay Aman, RN/Clinical Director, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Daniel Jay Berman, Director of Development and Marketing, Alliance for Independence
  • Lisa K. Birket, Practice Manager, CME, Partner, True MD
  • Jessica Brown, Promotions Director, Hall Communications, Inc.
  • Joshua Keith Brown, Shareholder, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • Anthony C. Camarillo, Executive Director, RP Funding Center/City of Lakeland
  • Ashley Cheek, Business Development Director, Lakeland Economic Development Council
  • Julie A. Davis, Audit Director, Baylis & Company PA
  • Danielle Fogel, Technical Coordinator, Customer Service Retail Business Unit, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Alison Marie Foley-Rothrock, Esq., Owner / Attorney, Foley Immigration Law
  • Caroline Gay, Associate Vice President of Analytics, Lakeland Regional Health
  • Louis Santo Giampavolo, Major, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mary Catherine Green, County Court Judge, Group 4, Polk County, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Polk County Courthouse
  • Paul “Sean” Harper, Owner, Harper Construction Mgmt/WebPro Realty, LLC
  • Marshall Hurley, Manufacturing Manager, Createch Machine and Design
  • Eunice Martinez Hutto, Chief Advancement Officer, Southeastern University
  • Billy Clifton Langston II, Dean of Student Development, Florida Southern College
  • Kristen Lowers, Sr. Director of IS, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Lucas Dean Martin, Vice President, Floralawn
  • Kevin M. McWilliams, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
  • Brandt William Merritt, Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland
  • LaTrice Moore, D.B.A., Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator & Professor of Business Administration, Polk State College
  • Scott Reed, Attorney, Pilka & Associates, P.A.
  • William E. Roll, Jr., Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Amy Hammack Royal, Chief Financial Officer, GiveWell Community Foundation
  • Kimberly Schell, Chief Operating Officer, Parker Street Ministries, Inc.
  • Shukethia C. Troutman, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group
  • Darren Vogel, P.E., Project Manager, Vogel Bros. Building Co.
  • Julie Howes Ward, Principal, Polk County Public Schools, Rochelle School of the Arts

Together, these class members will complete a rigorous schedule of monthly day sessions from October through May. Each session features hands-on experiences that engage class members in all aspects of Lakeland and Polk County.

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.



Mulling Insurance Agency, a leading provider of consumer and commercial insurance in Polk County, today announced the recognition of the firm’s 60th Anniversary as a central Florida insurer.

Located in the Downtown Auburndale Historic District, Mulling Insurance was founded in 1957 by J. Foister “Moon” Mulling when Foister began selling insurance from his downtown men’s clothing store.  The firm has now grown to be among the largest and longest-tenured insurance agencies in Polk county and is recognized as one of the largest family-owned insurance firms in the state of Florida.

“Our growth over 60 years mirrors the support and growth of our community,” said Kevin Mulling, vice president and grandson of the founder.  “My grandfather set the tone for how our business was to be run, with a focus on community and serving others first.  He knew that if we stayed focused on others and not ourselves, we would never struggle to find success.  This remains a core value of our organization and I’m far prouder of our status in our community than I will ever be with the profitability or size of our organization.  That being said, I’m hopeful that our fantastic family of clients, which includes tens of thousands of local families, businesses, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations, will forever see us as their local trusted advisor, protector, and partner…….and never feel as though we are acting in a way that is not in their best interest.”

“We’re not just a business serving a community. We’re long-time members of that community, with a deep passion and commitment to support our neighbors, local businesses, and institutions,” said Jim Mulling, president.  “We take enormous pride in the service our company provides to numerous local charities throughout the community and our team thrives on seeking out local needs and coming together to help meet them.”

To celebrate the anniversary, the company will be having a luncheon at the Auburndale City Park (across the street from its Auburndale location) for its employees, clients and the community on Friday, October 20th from 11:30-1:30.

About Mulling Insurance Agency

Mulling Insurance is a full service independent agency that offers a complete portfolio of insurance services for individuals and businesses.  One of Florida’s largest providers of commercial insurance products, Mulling has been recognized nationally as a top agent by several companies including:  Liberty Mutual, Auto-Owners Insurance, and United Fire Group.  The firm’s employee benefits division has likewise been recognized as one of the top employee benefits providers in the area.  Mulling’s personal insurance team is recognized for its strong, family-oriented service in the community as they work with thousands of individuals to protect their homes, vehicles, and other assets.  Across all lines of insurance, Mulling promotes an environment free of high pressure sales, but instead offers its clients a consultative approach as advisor, protector and partner.

Learn more at: MullingInsurance.com


Lakeland Investment Firm Makes Top 100 Best Companies List

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CPS Investment Advisors has been named one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For and will be featured in the August edition of Florida Trend Magazine. This is the fourth time the investment firm has made the list, now ranking 11th in its size category. In 2016, the firm ranked 27th.

“Here at CPS, we value our employees and encourage them. We strive to provide a work environment that is conducive to achieve high productivity, which adds to the overall success of our firm,” said Jim Luffman, CPA/PFS, CFO of CPS Investment Advisors.

The investment firm underwent an evaluation of its workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“The best companies obviously provide strong pay and benefits to their employees, but they also offer fun diversions such as ice cream socials, holiday parties and field days,” says Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty, “And these top companies encourage employees to participate in the organization’s overall success with training and open communications.”

CPS Investment Advisors, located in downtown Lakeland, was started in 1975 by Chas P. Smith, as an independent financial advisory firm. The firm operates under a fiduciary standard and provides financial planning services, money management, 401(k) plan services and tax planning services.