David M. Touchton will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the University of South Florida Polytechnic at its spring commencement May 9 at the Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theatre. This award is presented to community members who have been strong supporters of the community, education and of the USF Polytechnic campus.
“David Touchton is a dynamic business leader, a visionary, a community booster, and a true friend of USF Polytechnic,” says Regional Chancellor Marshall Goodman. “Through his generous volunteerism he has made a tremendous impact throughout Polk County and demonstrates a steadfast dedication to see this community thrive. For that, we are appreciative. David is an inspiration to us and provides the levels of support necessary to make the polytechnic vision become reality.”
Touchton is the development and client services partner for The NCT Group CPA’s, where he was also managing partner of the firm for 28 years. He is also a graduate of the University of South Florida. A long-time resident of Lakeland, Touchton is a past president of the Central Florida Development Council, a member of the Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland, the Lakeland Chamber Foundation executive committee, Lakeland Vision, Polk Vision, the Young Patriots Foundation and a voting Board Member of Citizens Bank & Trust.
Past recipients of the Distinguished Service Award include Dr. Gail McKenzie (fall 2010), Carl J. “Bud” Strang III (spring 2010), Ralph L. “Buddy” Fletcher (spring 2009), Sherrill Tomasino (fall 2008), Jack Myers (fall 2007), John Ramil (fall 2006), Myrtice Young (spring 2006), Steve Scruggs (spring 2005), Gene Engle (spring 2003), and Paul Cate, Duane McConnell and David Ellsworth (spring 2002).