Category Archives: Chamber News

06Sep/18
Kristin Williams models the T-Shirt commemorating the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Sept. 22, 2018

ORIGINAL LOCAL DESIGN T-SHIRT AVAILABLE

LAKELAND, FL (September 6, 2018) – The countdown to the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is on.  Wear your game day shirt on Saturday, September 22nd, with the unique, original logo design T-Shirts on sale at Boondock Studios on 811 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland, Fl.

The logo design was created by Stacy Tabb of Boondock Studios and reflects traditional Germanic art while capturing the magic of Lakeland and incorporating a vine of hops bearing clusters of flowers that symbolize the featured drink of any Octoberfest!

“I wanted to emphasize the centuries-old traditions of Octoberfest, therefore used a woodblock style combined with hand-painted watercolor to create a uniquely ‘Lakeland’ piece.  The printing block was carved and then inked, and each print pulled by hand in the time-honored way,” comments Stacy Tabb, artist and co-owner of Boondock Studios.

A limited number of T-Shirts are available for purchase at Boondock Studios.  The T-Shirt fabric is a finer quality made from a tri-blend of polyester, combed ring spun combed cotton, and rayon for softness. Each T-Shirt is $25.  Boondock Studios is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

“SwantoberFest is a chance for everyone to see what Lakeland has to offer,” says Mary McDonald, community relations director for Suncoast Credit Union.  “We are excited to help make this event a destination activity, and we are proud to be a part of this community.”

The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest creates a space in time to unwind, make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs.  Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off!

Suncoast Credit Union has opened a new location in South Lakeland at 6405 South Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33813.  The location in South Lakeland will complement its flagship location in North Lakeland at 919 Lakeland Park Center Dr #360, Lakeland, FL 33809.

Kristin Williams models the T-Shirt commemorating the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Sept. 22, 2018

Kristin Williams models the T-Shirt commemorating the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Sept. 22, 2018

Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com and LKLD Haven Magazine

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION SWANTOBERFEST

The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.

ABOUT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION 

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 

ABOUT THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

31Aug/18

2019 Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Nominating Committee Report

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The 2019 Board of Directors Nominating Committee, in accordance with Articles VIII and XII of the Chamber Bylaws, was charged with developing a slate of twelve (12) individuals to serve a three (3) year term on the Board of Directors.

Accordingly, we are pleased to present the following slate to the membership for election, effective January 1, 2019:

Bretta Christakos (CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A.)

Matt Clark (Broadway Real Estate Services)

Dr. Angela Falconetti (Polk State College)

Holland Henderson (Allen & Company of Florida)

Michelle Ledford (MADE)

Will Link (Reed Mawhinney & Link, PLLC)

Tim Mitchell (Parker Street Ministries)

Cory Neupauer (Lakeland Automall – Ford & Hyundai)

Dr. Chris Owen (Southeastern University)

Derek Oxford (CPS Investment Advisors)

David Sandow (Spherion)

Brian West (Publix Super Markets, Inc.)

Per the Bylaws, the membership has the opportunity to place additional names in nomination by presenting a petition signed by no less than thirty (30) members. Such petition must be filed at the Chamber office no later than September 15, 2018.

If nominations are received from the membership, a ballot bearing names of all nominees will be issued to the membership for vote no later than September 25.  Members will have no less than five days in which to vote.  The number of nominees with the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.

If no additional nominations are received from the membership, the slate proposed by the Nominating Committee will be considered elected by acclamation.

We would like to thank the following members who served on the Nominating Committee: Chair-elect Michelle Ledford, Immediate Past Chair Janice Tedder Jones, Past Chair Mike McGee, and Board members Tony Camarillo, Chuck McDanal, and Ashley Troutman.

31Aug/18
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FLORIDA CHAMBER TO MEET WITH LOCAL CHAMBERS

LAKELAND, FL (August 31, 2018) – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce host the Constitutional Revision Commission – A Business Perspective with keynote speaker Christopher S. Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club, located midway between Lakeland and Winter Haven.

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Christopher Emmanuel 

Christopher Emmanuel is the Director of Infrastructure & Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as the primary advocate for transportation, utilities, energy, and property rights issues on behalf of the state’s largest business association. Emmanuel sits on the Florida Transportation Plan and Strategic Intermodal System Implementation Committee, serves a Railroad Advocate for GoRail, and is a member of the James Madison Institute’s Board of Advisors.

Prior to the Florida Chamber, Emmanuel served as a Policy Advisor for Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign and for Governor Rick Scott’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign.  Emmanuel has served in the Florida House of Representatives as an analyst for the prominent Regulatory Affairs Committee. While completing his law degree, Emmanuel was selected as a Gubernatorial Fellow placed within the Department of Economic Opportunity and received the Jeb Bush Award for Policy.

Emmanuel holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Florida and J.D. from the Florida State College of Law.  He is a member of the Federalist Society, an alumnus of Florida Blue Key, and is admitted into the Florida Bar. Emmanuel and his wife Elizabeth live in Tallahassee.

Admission for members of the Lakeland and Greater Winter Haven Chambers is $15 each. Admission for non-members is $30 each. Lunch will be provided. Please register online as there will be no admissions at the door. Please see links below. Registration ends 9/20/18.

Register Now

http://business.lakelandchamber.com/events/details/constitutional-revision-commission-a-business-perspective-10197

https://bit.ly/2MXHngB

Event Sponsorships are available.

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Event Name:  Constitutional Revision Commission – A Business Perspective

Location:  Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club
4500 US Hwy 92 E, Ste 1030
Lakeland, FL 33801-9416

Date/Time Information:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 Ext. 229 or rfortier@lakelandchamber.com

Fees/Admission:  $15 each – member of Lakeland Chamber and/or Winter Haven Chamber; $30 each – non-member

 

THE LAKELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.

17Aug/18

Leadership Lakeland Alumni, Friends Welcome Class XXXVI

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Lakeland, FL – With more than 130 alumni and friends in attendance at Thursday’s Opening Reception at the RP Funding Center, Class XXXVI Chair, Michelle B. Ledford (Class XXIX, MADE), introduced the 30 members of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVI. Chuck McDanal (Class XXXI, Kindelan McDanal & Associates) will be serving as Chair-Elect.

Congratulations to the following members:

  • Steven G. Achinger, MD, FASN, Managing Partner/Chairman of the Board, Watson Clinic LLP 
  • Randolph Barber, V.P. Industrial Maintenance and Purchasing, Publix Super Markets, Inc. 
  • Leon Battle, Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services, One More Child / Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
  • Sarah Bhagat, COO LRHMC and VP Organizational Effectiveness LRH, Lakeland Regional Health
  • William B. Bracken, Jr., Attorney, Bracken & Bergwall, P.A.
  • Amanda Frankel Brice, Clinical Manager/Marketing Director, Agnini Family Dental
  • Michael Paul Carey, Manager, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Tom Collins, Sr. Director, Marketing, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
  • Erin Ferguson, Marketing Specialist II, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union 
  • Ana Vargas Gillespie, Owner, Lakeland Escape Room
  • Taher Hisham Hamid, Marketing Manager, Alltek Services
  • Kaitlin Irmscher, Administration Manager, Chastain-Skillman
  • Ellen J. Katzman, Executive Director, PACE Center for Girls
  • Rebecca Knowles, Director of Communications and Community Partnerships, All Saints Academy
  • Thomas C. Lloyd, VP/Private Banking Officer, Bank of Central Florida
  • John S. Lowman, IV, Credit Manager, Avon Leasing, Inc.
  • Sara Roberts McCarley, Founder/Chairman, Randy Roberts Foundation
  • Douglas W. McPherson, VP, Private Banker, Citizens Bank & Trust 
  • Ashley Metts Miller, Community Engagement Director, VISTE
  • Holly Parrish, Owner, PH Solutions, LLC
  • Teddra Joy Porteous, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Polk County Public Schools
  • Eric Powell, Financial Advisor, RightPlan Financial
  • Brenda Patricia Ramirez, Attorney, Kaylor Law Group
  • Brenda C. Reddout, Executive Director, Talbot House Ministries
  • Douglas Edward Riley, Fire Chief, Lakeland Fire Department
  • Parminder Sahota, VP of Sales, Boring Business Systems
  • Bethany Tricia Thomas, Vice President for Student Development, Southeastern University
  • Amanda Walls, Senior Attorney, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
  • Jason Williams, Loan Officer, Farm Credit of Central Florida
  • Lori A. Winstead, Director of County Court, Assistant State Attorney, State Attorney’s Office 

Together, these class members will complete a rigorous schedule of monthly day sessions from October through May. Each session features hands-on experiences that engage class members in all aspects of Lakeland and Polk County.

Leadership Lakeland is an annual program designed to identify leadership and enhance existing leadership in our community. The program unites leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to improve their ability to lead effectively, offering its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the community, its people, its needs, and its services.

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Since 1921, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for business. The Chamber is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper. The Lakeland Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Polk County with more than 1,400 investor businesses. The Lakeland Chamber continues to be an integral component of the Lakeland community by offering a wide variety of programs and initiatives that positively impact the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. Our investors capitalize on the contacts, resources, and support provided by the Chamber.

16Aug/18

Political Hob Nob 2018 Straw Poll Results

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Results below from the straw poll taken at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Political Hob Nob 2018 on Tuesday August 14th. Voting administered by Polk County Supervisor of Elections.

U.S. Senate

  • Rick Scott, R, 222
  • Bill Nelson, D, 115
  • Rocky Roque de la Fuente, R, 7

U.S. House, District 9

  • Wayne Liebnitzky, R, 162
  • Darren Soto, D, 111
  • Alan Grayson, D 26

U.S. House, District 15

  • Neil Combee, R, 92
  • Ross Spano, R, 62
  • Andrew Learned, D, 61
  • Sean Harper, R, 40
  • Danny Kushmer, R, 34
  • Kristen Carlson, D, 19
  • Ray Pena, D, 17
  • Ed Shoemaker, R, 12

U.S. House, District 17

  • Greg Stuebe, R, 85
  • Julio Gonzalez, R, 84
  • April Freeman, D, 54
  • Bill Akins, R, 39
  • Bill Pollard, D, 22

Florida Governor

  • Adam Putnam, R, 234
  • Gwen Graham, D, 37
  • Andrew Gillum, D, 29
  • Ron DeSantis, R, 23
  • Philip Levine, D, 22
  • Jeff Greene, D, 6
  • Chris King, D, 1
  • Bob White, D, 1

Florida Attorney General

  • Ashley Moody, R, 184
  • Sean Shaw, D, 59
  • Frank White, R, 48
  • Ryan Torrens, D, 26
  • Jeffrey Marc Siskind, NPA, 3

Florida Chief Financial Officer

  • Jimmy Patronis, R, 203
  • Jeremy Ring, D, 91

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Denise Grimsley, R, 129
  • Baxter Troutman, R, 59
  • Matt Caldwell, R, 57
  • Roy David Walker, D, 43
  • Nikki Fried, D, 23
  • Jeffrey Duane Porter, D, 11
  • Mike McCalister, R, 10

Florida Senate, District 20

  • Tom Lee, R, 170
  • Joy Gibson, D, 51
  • John Manners Houman, R, 39
  • Kathy Lewis, D, 39

Florida Senate, District 22

  • Kelli Stargel, R, 218
  • Bob Doyel, D, 114
  • Ricardo Rangel, D, 6

Florida Senate, District 26

  • Ben Albritton, R, 216
  • Catherine Price, R, 90

Florida House, District 39

  • Josie Tomkow, R, 198
  • Ricky Shirah, D, 114

Florida House, District 40

  • Colleen Burton, R, 238
  • Shandale Terrell, D, 95

Florida House, District 42

  • Mike La Rosa, R, 204
  • Barbara Cady, D, 90

Florida House, District 56

  • Melony Bell, R, 231
  • Jeff Mann, R, 63

County Commission, District 2

  • Rick Wilson, R, 223
  • Katherine “Kat” Gates-Skipper, R, 69

County Commission, District 4

  • Martha Santiago, R, 143
  • Jim Guth, R, 116
  • Karen Cooper Welzel, D, 70

Circuit Judge, Group 10

  • Melissa Gravitt, 138
  • Keith Merritt, 128
  • Lee Cohen, 52

Circuit Judge, Group 11

  • Dana Y. Moore, 168
  • Steve Pinckett, 130

School Board, District 3

  • Scott Jones, 127
  • Sarah Fortney, 77
  • Kala Tedder, 53
  • LaTrice Moore, 51

School Board, District 5

  • Kay Fields, 119
  • Terry L. Clark, 98
  • Jennifer Sabin, 90

School Board, District 7

  • Lisa Miller, 209
  • David Byrd, 95

Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 2

  • Greg Williams, 133
  • Joe Garrison, 118

Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Group 3

  • Kyle Carlton, 175
  • OnDrew Hartigan, 70