Category Archives: Chamber Events

Events held by or sponsored by the Lakeland Chamber


Leadership Lakeland Class 26 Reception

LL Class 26 Reception


On Thursday August 14, Leadership Lakeland Class 26 was introduced to LL Alumni and guests. Stacy Campbell-Domineck, Polk Works, will serve as chair of this year’s class and Art Erickson, Florida Lifestyle Communities will serve as Chair-Elect. Congratulations to the following class members:

  • Christopher Asbill, Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
  • Kandis Baker-Buford, Polk County Board of County Commissioners
  • Sarah Case, JSK Consulting, Inc.
  • Kay Cochran, Marriott Vacation Club International
  • William Crowe, QMI/ITW
  • Jerome Ferson, The Ledger Publishing Company
  • Danita Frier, Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center
  • Dr. Tarek Garas, Watson Clinic LLP
  • Timothy Harris, School Board of Polk County
  • Ernie Ivey, Polk Community College
  • Frederick John Koehler, II, Smart Creative
  • Kelly Lane, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry
  • Michael LaPan, The Lakeland Center
  • Gregory Madden, Madden
  • Dan McBride, Victory Church
  • Shawn McDonough, EXIT Realty of Lakeland
  • Michael Micallef, Community Southern Bank
  • Laura Newlin, Clark, Campbell & Mawhinney, P.A.
  • Cory Petcoff, Baron Realty, Inc.
  • James David Robinson, DSM Technology Consultants
  • Linda Skillern, Crowe Chizek & Company LLC
  • Jacquelyn Small, Polk Works
  • Michael Smith, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
  • Monti Sommer, AMI Lakeland
  • Anne Sullivan, The NCT Group CPA’s, LLP
  • Tracey Tedder, Florida Southern College
  • Naomi Tillett, Keith and Schnars, P.A.
  • Jennifer Vaughn, Bank of Central Florida

RC- Citrus Connection

The Lakeland Chamber was thrilled to participate in the Ribbon Cutting at the Citrus Connection Bus Terminal on South Florida Ave. CC unveiled new bus ticket vending machines at the bus terminal itself. Before if you wanted to ride the bus you would have to go out to the main office to purchase your tickets or you could purchase them through the mail which would take some preplanning. Now the bus riders have the availability to purchase bus passes right at the terminal creating a convenience for riders.

RC - Citrus Connection

RC- CC Vending Machine

In this day of high gas prices, this added convenience will certainly lead to an increase in riders and hopefully fewer cars on the road. The Citrus Connection does a great job providing an superb bus system. Though how effective do you think it is. I read a interesting and a bit politically incorrect post on the CEOs for Cities blog entitled "Will it Draw Hot Chicks" , I will let you read it and find out what that’s all about. Please let me know your thoughts, and comment here.


August New Member Reception

This months New Members Reception was held at Stinson’s Home Design Center on Commerce Point Drive. With close to 20 new member representatives in attendance, the crowd was introduced to nearly all of what the Chamber has to offer. Special thanks to Chair Elect Anu Saxena, and Board members: Shane Glor, Andy Hernandez, and Mark Miller for coming out to show support for our new members. Also a special thanks to Mayor Buddy Fletcher for his attendance. Included are a couple pictures below, and you can check out all the pictures here.

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The ‘spill’ picture was a display that showed how the coke didn’t soak into the grout, and thus not stain it. They said it would stay there for a few days. Incredible!


August Business & Breakfast

Regions Bank logo

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Presenting Sponsor Regions Bank would like to invite you to start your business day on August 14th at Bridgewater located at 6200 SR 33 North. The event will be from 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM.

Business and Breakfast is an opportunity for Chamber members and area businesses to network with new business contacts, suppliers and customers. A different host site sponsors the event each month. The cost to members is $5, and guests are $10 and reservations are required.

Reserve your spot now.



August Events & Meetings

All Meeting are held at the Chamber unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, August 13

  • Government Affairs, 8:00 AM
  • BusinessVoice, 9:00 AM

Thursday, August 14

  • Business & Breakfast – 7:30 AM
    • Bridgewater, 6200 SR 33 North
  • Leadership Lakeland Class XXVI – Lakeland Yacht & Country Club
    • Orientation – 2:00 PM
    • Reception – 5:30 PM

Tuesday, August 19

  • EMERGE Lakeland Steering Committee Mtg, 3:45 PM

Wednesday, August 20

  • Executive Committee Meeting. 4:00 PM

Thursday, August 21

Wednesday, August 27

  • Board of Directors Meeting. 12:00PM
    • Lakeland Yacht and Country Club
    • 929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive