Category Archives: Announcements

17Jan/18

Lakeland Chamber Annual Meeting Pays Tribute to Mr. George Jenkins

LCC_2017_AnnualMeeting_PostImageThis year’s event features a special original musical production entitled “When You Dream:  A Legacy of Giving.”  Performed by students from Harrison School for the Arts and written by the school’s principal, Daryl Ward, and graduate, Tyler Campbell, the production pays tribute to Mr. George Jenkins and the philanthropic legacy he inspired in Lakeland.

The evening will begin in the Exhibit Hall at 5:15 pm with a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception (in lieu of a sit-down dinner) followed by the program in the Youkey Theatre.  General Admission seats are still available for $65 and Corporate Partnerships (10 tickets in reserved seating section) are available for $700.

Register at LakelandChamber.com/AnnualMeeting17.

09Jan/18

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Announces 2018 Executive Committee and Board of Directors

THE LAKELAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS LEADERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO SERVE A ONE-YEAR TERM ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AS OFFICERS OF THE CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018. 

Chairman of the Board:  Weymon Snuggs (Citizens Bank & Trust)

Chair elect:  Michelle Ledford (MADE)

Immediate Past Chairman:  Janice Tedder Jones (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)

Treasurer:  Shane Kunze (Publix Super Markets, Inc.)

Vice Chair, Advocacy:  Will Link (Reed, Mawhinney & Link, PLLC)

Vice Chair, Business Resource Center:  Matt Clark (Broadway Real Estate Services)

Vice Chair, Communications/Marketing:  Stacey Heacock Weeks (Heacock Insurance Group)

Vice Chair, Engagement:  Jonathan Crain (Two Men and A Truck)

Vice Chair, Investor Development:  Gow Fields (Fields Insurance & Financial Group)

General Counsel:  Sandra Sheets (GrayRobinson, P.A.)

President:  Corydon G. “Cory” Skeates

THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS LEADERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED BY THE CHAMBER’S 1,400+ MEMBER BUSINESSES TO SERVE A THREE-YEAR TERM ON THE CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018.

Brian Burns (Ledger Media Group)

Jacqueline Byrd (Polk County Public Schools)

Danielle Drummond (Lakeland Regional Health)

Gow Fields (Fields Insurance & Financial Group)

Chrissanne Long (Maximize Digital Media)

Maggie Mariucci (Florida Polytechnic University)

Chuck McDanal (Kindelan McDanal & Associates)

Harold McLeod (SunTrust Bank)

Jason Rodda (Rodda Construction, Inc.)

Jim Sidou (Saddle Creek Logistics Services)

Amanda Walls (Peterson & Myers, P.A.)

Stacey Heacock Weeks (Heacock Insurance Group)

THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS LEADERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO SERVE A ONE-YEAR TERM ON THE CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018.

Holland Henderson (Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.)

Derek Oxford (CPS Investment Advisors)

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING BUSINESS LEADERS WERE APPOINTED TO FILL VACANT SEATS:

Joe G. Tedder (JBT Properties, LLC)

Shelly Wilkes (Lakeland Magic)

Bill Mutz, Mayor, City of Lakeland, will serve as an ex-officio board member effective January 2, 2018.

THEY WILL JOIN THE FOLLOWING BOARD MEMBERS IN CARRYING OUT THE GOVERNANCE OF THE LAKELAND CHAMBER:

Dr. Lyle Bowlin (Southeastern University, Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership)

David Brown (Bank of Central Florida)

Anthony Camarillo (The Lakeland Center)

Liz Craven (ProAd Media)

Tony Delgado (City of Lakeland)

Dale Dreyer (CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A.)

Dr. Kyle Fedler (Florida Southern College)

David Hallock (GrayRobinson, P.A.)

Aiman Kumha (Watson Clinic LLP)

Reverend Eddie Lake (New Bethel AME Church)

John Lancaster (Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.)

Cindy Maddox (Omnia, Inc.)

Dr. Donna McWilliams (My Pet’s Animal Hospital)

Matt Mucci (AT&T Florida)

David Robinson (DSM Technology Consultants)

Steve Scruggs (Lakeland Economic Development Council)

Katie Daughtrey Tinsley (Alliance for Independence)

Ashley Troutman (Northwestern Mutual)

The tremendous leadership and expertise of these individuals will be of great benefit to the organization in carrying out its mission:  to be the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper. 

08Jan/18

Lakeland REALTORS® 2018 Officers and Directors Announced

DSC_0616On Thursday, January 4th, Lakeland REALTORS® held its annual Installation of Officers and Directors & Awards Luncheon at the beautiful Club at Eaglebrooke. J. Kyle Vreeland with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Ralston Dantzler was installed as the 2018 President of the Association. Lisa Ruiz Castanet with Native Palm Properties as President-Elect, Marie Hanna with WebPro Realty as Treasurer, Shannon Cornell with Arrico Realty and Property Management as Secretary and Dawna Stone with Property Shoppe of Central Florida as the Immediate Past President. Our 2018 Directors are Sean Harper with WebPro Realty, Tammy Graham with S & D Real Estate Services LLC, Christie McSwain with Dream Realty Group, Richard Dempsey with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, Andrea Dockery with Re/Max Experts, Trent Saunders with Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, David Bryant with Coldwell Banker Residential, Macara Parker with Premier Realty Network and Cannon Kirby with S & D Real Estate Services LLC.

Lakeland REALTORS® is a professional trade organization chartered by the National Association of REALTORS®. We have been serving our members and community for over 90 years and continue to fight for private property rights, low taxes, keeping utility fees to a minimum and affordable housing opportunities in our area.

Lakeland REALTORS® is THE VOICE FOR REAL ESTATE in Lakeland Florida.

For more information, please contact:
Communications Coordinator, Melissa Sanchez at
Msanchez@lakelandrealtors.org
OR Executive Vice President, Barbara Barnes at
BBarnes@lakelandrealtors.org / (863) 687-6111

04Jan/18

Governor Reappoints Ross to Polk State College District Board of Trustees

CindyRoss_PhotoGov. Rick Scott recently announced Cindy Hartley Ross’s reappointment to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees.

Ross has served on the District Board of Trustees for 14 years — from 1999 to 2011 and since her reappointment in 2015. She has served as both Chair and Vice Chair.

Her latest term started Dec. 21, 2017, and will end May 31, 2021.

“Trustee Ross’s reappointment is a testament to her hard work and commitment to the College,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I am honored to serve under the District Board of Trustees and look forward to continuing to work closely with Trustee Ross and the fellow Board members to exceed the goals for our institution.”

Ross is a Lakeland native who has served on the Polk State College Foundation Board and as president of the Polk State College Alumni Association. The 1979 Polk State graduate received the December 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award for her achievements and dedication to the College.
In addition to her work with Polk State, Ross is involved on many boards and organizations at both the state and national levels. She serves on the Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Florida House in Washington, D.C.

She is also Program Chairperson for the Republican Congressional Spouses and a member of The Congressional Club, a bipartisan spouse’s group. She is married to U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross and their family boasts more than 15 Polk State alumni, including their two sons, Shane and Travis.

Locally, Ross is a member of the Polk Arts Alliance Art Resource Council and the Polk Museum of Art Board of Governors. She has served on the Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board, Girls Inc. of Lakeland Board of Directors, and the Junior League of Greater Lakeland.

“Trustee Ross embodies Polk State’s motto, We Are Polk,” Falconetti said. “She works tirelessly for both the College and the Polk County community, and I am thrilled she will serve on the District Board of Trustees for many more years.”
The District Board of Trustees is made up of members who are vested with oversight of all College policies, including matters related to programs, buildings, finances, and personnel. Florida’s governor appoints the members, who serve without compensation. All appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

02Jan/18

Tobacco Free Polk – New Year’s Resolution List of Pros for Quitting Tobacco

Tobacco Free Polk Logo-01WE GOT A FULL PAGE TO LIST THE PROS AND CONS OF QUITTING TOBACCO.

WE ONLY NEEDED HALF:

PROS:                                                                                                     CONS:
– Save $2000 in 1 year.
– Take a vacation. You have an extra $2000.
– And add an average of 10 years to your life.
– That’s 70 in dog years.
– Woof! – That’s your dog thanking you.
– BTW… dogs lower blood pressure.
– So does quitting tobacco.
– And your risk of heart attack is cut in half after 1 year.
– In 5 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer drops big time.
– So you can spend more time with family.
– Unless your family is the reason you smoke.
– In that case, just hang out with the dog.
– Dogs don’t judge.
– They do smell bad sometimes.
– But you won’t if you quit smoking.
– Neither will your car.
– Nor your clothes.
– Nor your hair.
– Even your nails will be healthier.
– No one likes yellow nails.
– Unless you’re a vampire.
– Then it’s kinda cool, otherwise… not so much.
– But overall, you’ll just look better.
– And stop aging prematurely.
– Which means more swipe rights.
– And less ashtray breath.
– Which means more second dates.
– And a happier dental hygienist.
– Who won’t lecture you about your teeth anymore.
– Because you’ll feel guilt-free….about smoking.
– Not the other stuff.
– Can’t help you there.
– And if you have kids, they’ll be less likely to smoke if you quit.
– But if they do, you’ll be more likely to catch them.
– Because of your increased lung capacity.
– Cuz your lung function will improve by 30% in 3 months.
– And if you’re trying to have kids, it can help prevent low sperm count.
– So you can have the darling rugrats.
– And take them on more road trips.
– With the $2000 you saved.
– We hear Alaska is nice.
– You know what else is nice?
– Not spilling your dip cup on mom’s new carpet she just had put in.
– Not having to stand alone in the rain to smoke.
– And not having to hide your smoking from your spouse.
– That’s no bueno.
– Unless you own stock in breath mints.
– What you will own is a better sense of smell.
– So you can taste your spouse’s cooking again.
– Which we hope is not a CON.
– Quitting will also lower your risk of throat cancer.
– Pancreatic cancer.
– Breast cancer.
– #allthecancers
– While boosting your immune system.
– Decreasing your risk of diabetes.
– And your risk of dying in a fire.
– Because of the whole falling asleep while smoking thing.
– It happens, trust us.
– These are only a few of the pros.
– We’ll use both sides next time.

Visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway to access free tools and services like Phone Quit, Group Quit and Web Quit to help you quit your way.

Guest blog provided by Taher Hamid, Tobacco Policy Coordinator with the Florida Department of Health – Polk

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting worksite wellness among its investor businesses. That’s why we have partnered with Tobacco Free Polk, the proud sponsor of a new Smoke Free Business Initiative. By completeing the Tobacco Free Florida Worksite Wellness Assessment, TFW_Assessment_Editable, and returning it to Tobacco Free Polk staff, Juli.Davis@FLHealth.gov, your business will receive TWO FREE tickets to an upcoming Business After Hours event.