The Leadership Polk Alumni Association presented the third annual Spirit of Leadership Polk Awards yesterday at a luncheon at Eaglebrooke. Each year, one individual and one organization are recognized for their county-wide leadership development efforts. This year’s recipients were Greg Littleton (individual) and Polk State College (organization).
The individual Spirit of Leadership Polk award is given to a person who has contributed substantially to the development of regionally-focused leadership in Polk County. This award is intended to spotlight someone who has demonstrated a clear commitment to bridging the leadership gap that led to
the creation of the Leadership Polk program in the first place. The individual award recipient, Greg Littleton, has been at Citizens Bank & Trust (a Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Trustee Member) since 1997 and has been president since 2001. He currently serves as Chairman for CFDC, an Executive Committee Member and immediate past Chair for Polk Vision, District Board of Trustees and past Chair for Polk State College, Board of Director and Treasurer for Polk Museum of Art, Board of Director & Treasurer for Winter Haven Chamber, and a Board member of United Way of Central Florida. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Bankers Association, Florida Bank Pac, and the Lake Wales Arts Council. He has also served as past president for the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, EPC 100, and was a member of the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission. Greg is a graduate of Leadership Polk Class I.
More important than his list of accomplishments is Greg’s commitment to improving Polk County’seconomy, education system, and quality of life through his service and leadership.
The second Spirit of Leadership Polk Award is given to an organization (public or private) that is operating across the county and in a way that specifically enhances the leadership pools in our communities. Polk State College is continually striving to make a positive different for all of Polk County and provides a presence in multiple local communities. Under the remarkable leadership of Dr. Eileen Holden, Polk State has inspired us all to look beyond our own cities and think of ourselves as part of one big Polk County community – “We are Polk!” Polk State contributes to the economy, the educational system, the quality of life, and the level of civic engagement of our County. Polk State College is also a Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle Member. Previous award recipients include Charles McPherson and Cindy Price (individual), as well as the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and United Way of Central Florida (organization).
The Leadership Polk program brings together leaders from across Polk County who have demonstrated a commitment to civic engagement within our local communities and have a desire to expand their knowledge and involvement on a county-wide level. The six classes of Leadership Polk alumni continue to build relationships with other passionate, influential and positive-thinking leaders, and have a greater understanding of Polk County as the larger community that we all share.
For more information visit www.polkvision.com.