City of Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields (& Chamber Board Member) was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors for a two year term.
Established in 2005, the Florida League of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of mayors in Florida. A comprehensive association for all mayors, the primary goal of the organization is to provide a platform and outreach for this powerful and influential tier of municipal leaders to speak out on issues of urgent interest to the citizens of their cities.
The Florida League of Mayors is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors—10 serve one-year terms and 11 serve two-year terms. The organization is staffed by the Florida League of Cities.
“I am honored to have been selected for this position,” says Mayor Fields “I am excited about this leadership opportunity and having another way to serve the citizens of this community and Florida.”
The organization provides the mayors of Florida with the ability to explore and advocate for areas of mutual concern and opportunity. Collectively, the Florida League of Mayors forms an effective network of strong, resourceful and prominent leaders working together to champion issues on behalf of cities, towns and villages in the state.
Mayor Fields was elected to the Lakeland City Commission in 1992 and became Mayor in January 2010. He is Chairman of the Utility and Airport Advisory Committees. He is a member of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District Board, the Transportation Planning Organization and the Polk Transit Authority Board. He is on the Board of Directors of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership, Florida League of Mayors, and a member of the MyRegion.org Board of Advisors. He is a member of the Downtown Lakeland Kiwanis, plus several other organizations. He has been inducted into the Kathleen Sr. High School Hall of Fame and received their Distinguished Alumnus Service Award. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Polk Community College.
Mayor Fields was born in Lakeland, Florida. He is married to Kay and they have three children; Dorian, Leslie, & Jasmine. He graduated from the Kathleen Sr. High School, Polk State College (formerly Polk Community College), the University of South Florida and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is the President & CEO of Fields & Company, Inc., doing business as Fields Insurance & Financial Group.