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Mulling Insurance Agency, a leading provider of consumer and commercial insurance in Polk County, today announced the recognition of the firm’s 60th Anniversary as a central Florida insurer.

Located in the Downtown Auburndale Historic District, Mulling Insurance was founded in 1957 by J. Foister “Moon” Mulling when Foister began selling insurance from his downtown men’s clothing store.  The firm has now grown to be among the largest and longest-tenured insurance agencies in Polk county and is recognized as one of the largest family-owned insurance firms in the state of Florida.

“Our growth over 60 years mirrors the support and growth of our community,” said Kevin Mulling, vice president and grandson of the founder.  “My grandfather set the tone for how our business was to be run, with a focus on community and serving others first.  He knew that if we stayed focused on others and not ourselves, we would never struggle to find success.  This remains a core value of our organization and I’m far prouder of our status in our community than I will ever be with the profitability or size of our organization.  That being said, I’m hopeful that our fantastic family of clients, which includes tens of thousands of local families, businesses, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations, will forever see us as their local trusted advisor, protector, and partner…….and never feel as though we are acting in a way that is not in their best interest.”

“We’re not just a business serving a community. We’re long-time members of that community, with a deep passion and commitment to support our neighbors, local businesses, and institutions,” said Jim Mulling, president.  “We take enormous pride in the service our company provides to numerous local charities throughout the community and our team thrives on seeking out local needs and coming together to help meet them.”

To celebrate the anniversary, the company will be having a luncheon at the Auburndale City Park (across the street from its Auburndale location) for its employees, clients and the community on Friday, October 20th from 11:30-1:30.

About Mulling Insurance Agency

Mulling Insurance is a full service independent agency that offers a complete portfolio of insurance services for individuals and businesses.  One of Florida’s largest providers of commercial insurance products, Mulling has been recognized nationally as a top agent by several companies including:  Liberty Mutual, Auto-Owners Insurance, and United Fire Group.  The firm’s employee benefits division has likewise been recognized as one of the top employee benefits providers in the area.  Mulling’s personal insurance team is recognized for its strong, family-oriented service in the community as they work with thousands of individuals to protect their homes, vehicles, and other assets.  Across all lines of insurance, Mulling promotes an environment free of high pressure sales, but instead offers its clients a consultative approach as advisor, protector and partner.

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Lakeland Investment Firm Makes Top 100 Best Companies List

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CPS Investment Advisors has been named one of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For and will be featured in the August edition of Florida Trend Magazine. This is the fourth time the investment firm has made the list, now ranking 11th in its size category. In 2016, the firm ranked 27th.

“Here at CPS, we value our employees and encourage them. We strive to provide a work environment that is conducive to achieve high productivity, which adds to the overall success of our firm,” said Jim Luffman, CPA/PFS, CFO of CPS Investment Advisors.

The investment firm underwent an evaluation of its workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“The best companies obviously provide strong pay and benefits to their employees, but they also offer fun diversions such as ice cream socials, holiday parties and field days,” says Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty, “And these top companies encourage employees to participate in the organization’s overall success with training and open communications.”

CPS Investment Advisors, located in downtown Lakeland, was started in 1975 by Chas P. Smith, as an independent financial advisory firm. The firm operates under a fiduciary standard and provides financial planning services, money management, 401(k) plan services and tax planning services.


American Cancer Society Tobacco Cessation Resources for Employers






Raising awareness about the dangers of all forms of tobacco sends the message that you care about the well-being of your employees and their families. The following American Cancer Society tobacco cessation and wellness resources make it easier to do just that!


Quitting tobacco is not easy, but it can be done. Whether you’re a smoker, someone who uses smokeless tobacco, or someone trying to help an employee, friend or loved one, you’ll find the information at


This infographic illustrates the significant financial and physical harm that tobacco use has on the smoker and society at large.  Download and share on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter; PDF and text alternative versions are available.  Link:


Employers can use this sample policy and adapt it as needed to help establish and maintain a tobacco-free workplace – including areas outside the building and company vehicles.  Link: 


Healthy Living is a monthly electronic newsletter produced by the American Cancer Society that teaches the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.  Available in both English and Spanish, you can distribute Healthy Living by email or in a printed format, and help build a staff of dedicated, healthy, and motivated people.  To begin receiving Health Living, sign up here: 


Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® event.  Promote this event to your employees and customers through posters, flyers, web and social media graphics.  *2017 Great American Smokeout® materials will be available Fall 2017. 




Tobacco Free Florida’s cessation, “Quit Your Way”, offers evidence-based tobacco cessation services via Phone, Group Support, Web, and other options.  Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, lozenges or gum) are also available, if medically appropriate, for adults 18+ years of age. *NRT availability may vary.


Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

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Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

  • Rene Cajuste, MD, has joined Lakeland Regional Health as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Cajuste earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his Residency and Internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Cajuste most recently served as an Internal Medicine physician with Delta Internal Medicine Center, an inpatient and outpatient practice in Orlando. Dr. Cajuste is fluent in English and French.
  • Maureen Leckie, MSN, HACP, Associate Vice President of Operations and Growth for Lakeland Regional Health, and Tim Allen, MBA, Lakeland Regional Health Lead Security Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency operates the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and government officials. Mrs. Leckie attended the Healthcare Executive Incident Command training, and Mr. Allen attended Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents. Mr. Allen also attended a conference on Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents – Train the Trainer.
  • Xavier Román, MD, has joined Lakeland Regional Health as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Dr. Román sees patients at the Grasslands Campus, 3030 Harden Blvd #200, Lakeland. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando. Dr. Román most recently served as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Orrego Center for Women’s Health in Ocoee, Florida. Dr. Román is fluent in English and Spanish.

Photo captions: Headshots of Dr. Cajuste (left) and Dr. Roman (right). 


Mahoney Elected President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc.

Maria-PictureMaria Mahoney, founder of The Mahoney Group, Inc., a Lakeland based commercial real estate brokerage company, was elected President of the French-American Business Council of West Florida, Inc. (FRAMCO), an Associate Member of the French-American Chambers of Commerce France International Network in the United States of America (FACC) and Chambers of Commerce & Industry-France International (CCIFI).

FRAMCO, a 19-year non-profit organization’s mission is to foster development and improvement of economic, commercial and educational relationships between France and West Florida – Create business added-value services and support its members keen on developing their activities and network between France and West Florida. In addition, FRAMCO gathers Francophiles for social and cultural events while providing international networking opportunities.

Maria Mahoney, who hails from Paris, France, brings leadership and business knowledge with an international background.