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

Make Your Mark

Lakeland Vision is set to refresh the 10 year community  document that set strategies to guide the direction for our community. On Sept 16, Lakeland Vision will launch “Make your Mark”. A comprehensive visioning process that is described by a August 18th Lakeland Vision announcement as  a process to “gather and organize input from Lakeland citizens about Lakeland’s future.”



Lakeland Vision Logo 

They are starting the process off with “Idea Gathering”, so mark your calendars for the dates below:

  • September 16, 6-8pm, Lakeland High School
  • September 17, 11:30am-1:30pm, First Presbyterian Church – Lake Hollingsworth
  • September 18, 6-8pm, Lake Gibson High School
  • September 22, 6-8pm, Kathleen High School
  • September 23, 6-8pm, George Jenkins High School
  • September 25, 6-8pm, Heritage Baptist Church – Pipkin Creek Road


Please make sure you attend one of these sessions. They really do want you to “Make your Mark”.


Catalyst Volunteers Celebrate $300,314!

On August 28, Catalyst Volunteers joined together to celebrate a to-date total of $300,314- a significant milestone! The celebration included some words of wisdom and congratulations from Vice Chair Walker Wilkerson (The NCT Group CPA’s, LLP) as well as Vice Chair Kathryn Koch-O’Malley (Lanier Upshaw). Rinnai provided a beautiful setting for the best part of the event- a martini competition!
Catalyst Reward Session #2
Special thanks to Rinnai and Nikki DeSapio for hosting and to Chef Paulie for sharing fabulous hors d’ oeuvres!
Catalyst Reward Session #2
Volunteers conclude sales on September 12 and are championing a goal of $395,000. The Catalyst Campaign seeks to secure funding for the Chamber’s 2009 programs, events, advertising and sponsorships. There is still time to promote your business through the next year- contact a Catalyst Volunteer today! For additional information, please visit the Catalyst Web site!



Stinson’s Home Design Center

2315 Commerce Point Drive, Suite 130

Lakeland, FL   33801-7603


863/665-5756 Fax


In 1981, Bill & Jean Stinson opened Stinson’s Carpets on Edgewood Drive. Their son Randy was fresh out of High School and with his mother, they sold carpet strictly to builders. When 1989 came around, Bill & Jean opened offices & warehouse space on Edenfield Place and in 1990 expanded to include wood flooring. Ceramic tile was introduced in 2001. In 2007, the Stinson’s opened their “retail” doors in a beautiful home design center on Commerce Point Drive. Continuing to expand their products and services, the Stinson’s are now proud to offer window treatments and “California Closets” to their commercial and retail customers.

Now run by the three Stinson brothers, Stinson’s Home Design Center furnishes and installs home fashion products and specializes in all types of floor coverings, window treatments, closets, and other additional home accessories

Quality products, timely service, exceptional value and professional installations are part of the Stinson experience. The family is committed to being at the forefront of changes in the industry including: using the latest measurement and design programs; attending seminars involving market directions, industry changes, and management/leadership. Stinson’s Home Design Center also conducts “green” seminars and takes pride in offering such products including carpets made from corn and plastic. Customer satisfaction is one of the core values of the company. The Stinson’s are proud to feature “full package services” with complete service and pricing- no hidden fees!

At Stinson’s you will find a beautiful meeting/conference room adjacent to the showroom- fully equipped with a fabulous espresso machine to make your experience as comfortable and inviting as one could imagine. Customers are encouraged to lay out samples or browse the internet for ideas as they shop.  Ultimately, the family and staff at Stinson’s Home Design Center strive for complete customer satisfaction and product education. Randy Stinson is a Certified Flooring Executive with the World Floor Covering Association and is very active in the community along with many others at Stinson Home Design.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Stinson’s Home Design Center as the August Small Business of the Month award winner.

SBA Winner - August - Stinson


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.