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TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is proud to announce that associate, Andrew E. “Andy” Peluso, has been selected as a member of the AMIkids Tampa Board of Trustees.

AMIkidsis a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids’ mission is to protect public safety and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff. AMIkids works in partnership with youth agencies, local communities, and families.

Founded in 1971, AMIkids Tampa is led by an Executive Director and volunteer board of local community leaders, ensuring its positive impact on the community and empowering kids to discover their potential, transform their lives, and strengthen the community.

Andy is an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Group where he focuses on real estate acquisition & development, real estate finance, and commercial leasing.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with more than 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide

range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at




Strickland Construction, Inc. Completes Renovation of Core Wealth Advisors

LAKELAND, FL (October 18, 2018)Strickland Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce completion of Core Wealth Advisors renovation project.  The project consisted of a 5,000 sq. ft. remodel located in the historic Colonial Building at 124 South Florida Avenue on the fourth floor.  When Core Wealth Advisors formed in 2013, they visited the Colonial Building with Bryce Philpot.  “We immediately saw the potential, but the timing just wasn’t right. We didn’t need that much space and there was no good way to divide it into multiple office spaces and keep the uniqueness of the layout” said Nathan Dunham, Vice President of Core Wealth Advisors.  Fast forward five years and Core Wealth Advisors has grown into the space and was elated the space was still available.  Core Wealth Advisors collaborated with The Lunz Group on the design.  “Brad Lunz and his team nailed the concept they envisioned.  Strickland Construction, Inc. was hired to bring the concept to a reality.  Mike Strickland and his crew executed it flawlessly, and we couldn’t be happier with the finished product” said Nathan Dunham.

Core Wealth Advisors provides financial and tax planning, asset protection consulting and wealth management services all in one place. Our process is simple – our firm believes you need to understand where you are before you know where you are going. If there is confusion and clutter in your financial life we will clean it up by developing, monitoring and updating your financial plan throughout your lifetime. This plan will be the flight plan we use for all future decisions. As you wind your way through life embracing tailwinds or navigating storms, your plan will be updated and revised on an as-needed basis to assure you are staying on the right path.

Strickland Construction, Inc. is licensed for commercial projects, both new construction and renovations throughout the state of Florida and has been doing business since 2001. We specialize in commercial construction, construction management and industrial projects. Our portfolio includes government, office, educational, medical and retail projects.


28th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble presented by Spherion on Dec. 3

The 28th Annual Lakeland Chamber Golf Scramble will take place on December 3 at Grasslands Golf and Country Club, one of the finest designed private courses in central Florida.  The Chamber Scramble offers Chamber members time to re-connect, network and entertain clients during that time of year when celebrations are important and the weather is spectacular!

Location:  Grasslands Golf and Country Club, 1600 Grasslands Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803
Contact Information:  (863) 688-8551 Ext. 223 or 224 or email
Fees/Admission:  $200 per person; $1,200 per team of 6 players
Registration here!
Event Sponsors:
True Builders
Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.
CenterState Bank
Radiology & Imaging Specialists
Bank of Central Florida
Boring Business Systems
CPS Investment Advisors
Wall Titus
Watson Clinic LLP
Regal Acura Lakeland
Dixie Signs
Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

U.S. Congressman Dennis Ross Joins SEU to Launch American Center for Political Leadership

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LAKELAND, Fla. - Southeastern University (SEU) announced today that Congressman Dennis A. Ross will join the faculty as a distinguished professor of political science to launch the American Center for Political Leadership (ACPL).

The new bipartisan center will house key research activities, academic programs, courses, workshops and resources that will prepare the next generation of political leaders and passionate citizens who aim to promote traditional American values and individual freedoms with civility, authenticity, respect and decorum in government and society.

Congressman Ross will teach courses in political science, hold seminars on civic engagement at SEU’s extension sites, convene town halls and help lead the center’s research focus.

“For more than 20 years, Congressman Ross has worked tirelessly to transform state and national politics, and encourage civic participation,” said SEU President Kent Ingle. “We are delighted that Representative Ross will join our academic community and look forward to his active leadership to cultivate and engage the next generation of political leaders and active citizens.”

As the representative of Florida’s 15th congressional district, Ross introduced bipartisan resolutions that encourage elementary and secondary schools to administer a U.S. history and civics test to promote civic education and democratic engagement among students.

Ross also routinely collaborated with the Florida YMCA Youth in Government chapters across the district. The youth-run, youth-led model government process prepares students for a life of engaged and active citizenship built on the values of civil debate, statesmanship and research-based policy solutions.

“Servant leadership is absent in much of today’s political landscape,” said Ross. “The American Center for Political Leadership is a much-needed incubator that will cultivate a new generation of leaders who can protect and promote traditional American values and individual freedoms at all levels of government. I am honored to launch the center and serve as a distinguished professor of political science to embark on this important work.”

ACPL was formed in response to the toxic political climate, the disconnect that many Americans feel towards the policies and motivations of political leaders, and their lack of understanding of how to get involved in the political process.

“Sadly, far too many Americans feel disconnected from and disappointed in today’s political process,” said Ingle. “For many, that has led to a yearning to get involved but without clear direction on how. The American Center for Political Leadership will provide a trusted pathway for anyone to learn about government and take the next steps to become active as a passionate citizen or as a public servant.”

SEU is working now to prepare for the opening of the center and to plan initial research priorities.

“We must move thousands of highly qualified, motivated citizens from casual spectators to real policy players so that Americans can once again proudly vote in favor of candidates who represent their values rather than simply against those who they support least,” said Ingle.

The center will operate under the Jannetides College of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and is slated to open in the spring.

For more information, contact Dana Davis at 863-667-5020, 863-712-1997, or


About SEU

Southeastern University is a Christ-centered institution of higher learning. Founded in 1935 and located in the Central Florida community of Lakeland, Southeastern offers more than 80 degree programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Southeastern’s reach expands beyond the Lakeland campus, with a comprehensive online learning program and more than 100 extension site programs nationwide. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Learn more at


About Congressman Dennis Ross

Dennis A. Ross was born in Lakeland, Florida where he met his wife, Cindy, in high school.

Ross received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He worked as an associate for Holland & Knight before serving as in-house counsel for Walt Disney World. He then opened his own law practice. Ross served as a State Representative until 2008. As a fourth-term U.S. Congressman, he serves as a Senior Deputy Majority Whip and on the Committees of Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform. In addition to his role with the Center, Congressman Ross recently accepted the role of distinguished professor at SEU’s Jannetides College of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.


Fifth Annual Top Chef of Polk County Event To Benefit Achievement Academy

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LAKELAND, FL (October 24, 2018) – Achievement Academy’s fifth annual Top Chef of Polk County event will take place on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

There will be a tasting of signature dishes from Polk County’s leading chefs while raising much needed funds for children with special needs.

Twelve local chefs will create and prepare their signature dish (tapas style) accompanied with a wine or libation that complements the flavors of the dish. All guests will have the opportunity to try all of the chef’s signature dishes.

Guests will judge each chef on their creation to award the title of “Top Chef of Polk County 2019.” In addition, guests will rate each dining station to award the “Top Table Décor.” The chef who raises the most funds for Achievement Academy through their donated auction item’s and online voting will earn the “Top Philanthropic Chef” award. Chef Patrick Schaefer from Patio850 was awarded “Top Chef of Polk County 2018” and will try to win the title again in 2019.

We are proud to announce our participating chefs for this year’s event:

Chefs Vernon Allen & William Ball, Cob & Pen
Chef Brandon Bailey, Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland

Chef Jeff Conley, Publix Aprons Cooking School

Chef Wayne Haggard, Spectra/RP Funding Center
Chefs Bobby King & Joel Vann, Lakeland BBQ Company

Chef James Lazaros, La Imperial Bakery

Chef Anthony Pineda, Cuban B’s Burger Bazaar & Bake Shack
Chef Steven Rojas, Nutwood

Chef Patrick Schaefer, Patio850 “Top Chef of Polk County 2018”
Chef Abigale Weech-Starkey, The Chop Shop

Chef Jose Vicente, Brasa Latina

Chef Chris Worley, Terrie Lobb Catering,

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit or contact Stacy Williams-Myers, CFRE at 863-683-6504 or















Top Chef of Polk County 2018