Category Archives: Announcements


Wall Titus Welcomes Raffi Bournigal as Staff Accountant

Lakeland, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2018) – Wall Titus is proud to announce the hiring of Raffi Bournigal as Staff Accountant. He will be responsible for tax preparation and audit engagements with clients.
Bournigal was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, and graduated from Lakeland Christian School. He attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in Accounting. Bournigal went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Accounting at Florida State University, graduating in May 2018. He completed both degrees while playing collegiate baseball at each university. Bournigal was part of the winning ACC championship team at FSU in spring 2018.
“We are very pleased with the addition of Raffi to our team,” said H. Lee Wall, CPA/PFS, CFP®, Founding Partner of Wall Titus, LLC. “He will work with members of our experienced team to provide tax and audit services for our clients”.
Bournigal began his employment with Wall Titus in August 2018. He and his wife Morgan reside in Lakeland.


Lakeland Tarpons Prepare for 8th Season

Season Tickets are now on sale and start at just $50 for all 5 games at RP FUNDING CENTER.

Home Schedule:

  • 5/11 vs Sarasota BigCats 7:05p
  • 5/18 vs Gulf Coast Fire 7:05p (Double Header Sarasota vs Manatee at 4:05p)
  • 6/1 vs Manatee Neptunes 7:05p
  • 6/8 vs Gulf Coast Fire 7:05p
  • 7/20 A-League Playoff Double Header (4:05p & 7:05p)

 Click here to purchase tickets


Do you have what it takes to play professional football? The A-League is holding a league wide combine/tryout:

  • Saturday December 29th
  • RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33815
  • Registration/Check-in: begins at 10a, tryout begins at 11a
  • Cost: $75.00 if pre-registered and paid by before December 22nd, or $100.00 if paid December 22nd or after.

Players will be provided with short and dry-fit shirt which must be worn during the workout

Click here to register 


Hill Ward Henderson Attorney Tori Simmons Receives 2019 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award

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TAMPA – Hill Ward Henderson is proud to announce that attorney Tori C. Simmons is the recipient of the 2019 Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Pro Bono Service Award. This award recognizes a young lawyer who has performed outstanding public service or legal aid in Florida.

The award is given to the division member who best exemplifies the highest ideals of public service and the nominations submitted for Ms. Simmons emphasized her tireless dedication to pro bono service and volunteerism and perfectly highlight why she is so very deserving for this award. With more than 26,000 members, the Young Lawyers Division includes all lawyers in good standing under age 36 and all new Florida Bar members of any age in their first five years of practice.  Ms. Simmons was nominated by the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers.

Since the start of her practice at Hill Ward Henderson in 2013, Ms. Simmons has proven her dedication and passion to serving the community through pro bono work in leadership and service roles inside and outside of the firm. In 2018 alone, Ms. Simmons contributed over 200 pro bono hours representing poor citizens in the Tampa Bay community through organizations like Bay Area Legal Services, Project H.E.L.P., and Crossroads for Florida Kids. Also in 2018, Ms. Simmons donated her legal services on a pro bono basis to complete the pending merger of Trinity Café and Feeding Tampa Bay, which will unify and strengthen two nonprofits working to alleviate hunger in the Tampa Bay region. In her role as the co-chair for the law firm subcommittee of the 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, Ms. Simmons has advocated for increased pro bono participation and coordinated pro bono summits and presentations for law firms throughout Tampa.

In addition to her pro bono service outside of the firm, Ms. Simmons has served as the pro bono coordinator for Hill Ward Henderson since 2015. In this role, she encourages firm-wide and individual attorney participation in various pro bono programs, and assists with training for pro bono projects.

Ms. Simmons is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Group. Her practice primarily focuses on complex commercial business litigation. Ms. Simmons represents clients in a variety of business disputes and class action litigation in state and federal court. In addition to her general commercial litigation practice, she represents individuals and firms in professional liability matters.

Hill Ward Henderson is a full-service law firm with multi-disciplinary practices. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, with over 100 attorneys, the firm has a wide range of local, regional and national clients. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at


4 More High School Students Earn Their Wings at the Aerospace Center for Excellence


Lakeland, Florida: The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is proud to announce four (4) more James C. Ray Scholarship recipients have earned their wings! Each of these students achieved this milestone following very different paths but together they join a very elite group of young adults that have earned their private pilot license prior to graduating from high school.

Scottie Larson (far left), 17, is the President of the Unmanned Squadron Club and member of the golf team. He is interested in pursuing a career in Aviation Management.

Peter Rust (2nd from left), 17, has his eye on the U.S. Air Force after graduation and is already pursuing his IFR certificate.

Phillip Barr (far right), 17, is a member of the National Honor Society and golf team. He is interested in pursuing a career in aerospace engineering.

Sean Stoltz (2nd from right), 17, is a member of the Lakeland Aero Club is looking to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot although a recent encounter with the Blue Angels may entice him to take a second look at options in the military.

The James C. Ray Scholarship is currently open to all resident students of Polk County, Florida. Scottie, Peter and Sean attend Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Phillip attends George Jenkins High School Engineering Academy. Both high schools are part of the Polk County Public School System.

Eric Washburn, Flight Scholarship Coordinator, Aerospace Center for Excellence (center left) and John “Lites” Leenhouts, CEO, SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In (center right) were on-hand to congratulate the young men on their recent accomplishment. “These four students may have achieved a similar lifetime milestone but their career aspirations highlight the vast array of opportunities that are possible once you earn a private pilot license. As we say here at ACE – the sky is just the beginning” said Leenhouts.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 30,000 students a year. For more information,