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Welcome Legoland: Chairman’s Circle members host spring luncheon. Page 2

Small Business of the Month: Find out who is this month’s winner. Page 5

Common Grounds: A taste of local business one cup at a time. Page 15

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July 2010

Vol. XX, No. 7

Chairman’s Mid-Year Report I have very much enjoyed serving as your Chairman this year and representing your interests out in the community and in meetings with our local and state elected officials.

During our Retreat discussions, board members expressed how important it was for the Chamber to offer value-added programs and services to our members. Because of the priority placed on this important issue, the board of directors adopted “Member Value” as one of our key strategic issues to focus on this year.

Your Chamber has been actively working to offer a broad menu of programs that meet the diverse needs of our 1,700 member businesses in these challenging ecoJoe L. Ruthven nomic times. We value the Working with board members as(The Ruthvens) investment you have made in this signed to each of the KSI groups, organization, and want to report on our progress vice chairs have been developing short and so far this year. long-term strategies to seek a vibrant economic environment and high quality of life in At our Annual Board Planning Retreat last fall, Lakeland for our member businesses. the Chamber’s board of directors adopted five key strategic issues to focus on this year. StratBesides our focus on these key strategic issues, egy Groups were formed to address these issues, your Chamber has also been working on several chaired by the Chamber’s Vice Chairs: legislative issues that could have a major impact on our business environment, including: • Communications, Vice Chair Tim Jackson (NuJak Companies) Amendment 4: This proposed amendment • Member Value, Vice Chair Patrick Fagan to the Florida Constitution will require every (Fifth Third Bank) change to a municipal or county comprehensive • Public Policy, Vice Chair Mark Wilson plan to be approved by the voters. If this (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.) amendment passes, it will have a devastating ef• Talent Development and Education, fect on our already fragile economy and will stiVice Chair Steve Moore fle efforts to create new development and jobs (Florida Property & Development) for our community, region and state. • Quality of Life, Vice Chair Melinda Harrison See Report, Page 3 (Watson Clinic LLP)

Round table discussions

Take advantage of more than 12,400 counselors in 600 areas of expertise through the Chamber’s partnership with SCORE, the “Counselors to America’s Small Business”. Retired and working business owners, executives and corporate leaders are available to help your business start, grow and succeed at monthly “Business Roundtables”. Beginning July 22, and continuing on the fourth Thursday of each month, SCORE volunteers will host an open, honest roundtable discussion, answering your questions and supporting your business. Although there is no charge to attend, registration is required. Visit to reserve your seat today!

ALSO INSIDE: Upcoming Events • EMERGE Lakeland • Ribbon Cuttings • Members on the Move

Chairman’s Circle members welcome Legoland development GM

By Kathleen Munson, President

The Chairman’s Circle hosted its Spring Business Luncheon on June 3, and welcomed special guest John Ussher, General Manager of Legoland Development. Brian Philpot, former co-owner of Cypress Gardens, introduced Ussher and shared background on how the project landed in Polk County. Ussher unveiled new details of the Legoland Florida theme park being developed on the site of the former Cypress Gardens attraction in Winter Haven. The park is scheduled to open in November of 2011. Ussher displayed artists' renditions of plans for the park, the heart of which will be a "Miniland," a collection of elaborate models constructed from about 20 million Lego bricks. Ussher said the “Miniland” at the Legoland Florida park will include some elements of the version at Legoland California, including models of Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and California. The highlight of the local “Miniland” will be a Florida area shaped as a peninsula surrounded by water. Ussher said Legoland model-makers also plan to

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Forum For Business Monthly

Volume Information: July 2010 Vol. XX, No. 7

Joe L. Ruthven Chairman of the Board

Kathleen L. Munson Publisher & President

incorporate elements from Kennedy Space Center and Daytona Beach, and are working on a replica of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College. Legoland Florida will retain the water-ski shows that were the trademark of Cypress Gardens as well as the former Splash Island Waterpark, scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day weekend of 2012. Legoland also plans to retain some of the rides from Cypress Gardens, including one roller coaster.

Ussher also described plans for an education program, coordinated through the Polk County School District, which would bring thousands of students to the park each year at greatly discounted rates. Ussher said ticket prices to Legoland Florida will be in line with the other Central Florida attractions. Legoland parks are geared toward children in the 2-12 age range, which will complement the other family-oriented theme parks in the Central Florida region. Chairman’s Circle Chairman Anu Saxena (ASC geosciences, inc.) thanked Ussher for updating the group and welcomed him to Lakeland and Polk County.

e Chairman’s Circle hosted its Spring Business Luncheon on June 3, and welcomed special guest John Ussher, General Manager of Legoland Development. (L-R) Chairman of the Board Joe L. Ruthven, Brian Philpot, John Ussher, Anu Saxena

Amy S. Wiggins Editor Kingston Partners Design No. 2

Two new members were introduced during the luncheon: John Corbett with CenterState Bank, and Jeff Baker with FedEx National LTL. Other members shared updates on their business, and several commented they were seeing positive upticks in their business activity.

The Chairman’s Circle is a special membership forum for senior level executives. The forum provides members with the opportunity to meet with one another, build relationships, and participate in strategic marketing and leadership events to enhance their businesses and the overall Lakeland business community.

The following business leaders are members of the Chairman’s Circle: • Ralph Allen, Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. • Ira Anderson, Crowe Horwath LLP • Jeff Baker, FedEx National LTL, Inc. • Dean Boring, Boring Business Systems • Timothy F. Campbell, Clark, Campbell, Mawhinney & Lancaster, P.A. • Mike Carter, The NCT Group C.P.A.’s, LLP • Gary Cassard, Bright House Networks • Jim Chaffin, SunTrust Bank • Dale Dreyer, CenterState Bank • Ken Ely, Platinum Bank • Art Erickson, Florida Lifestyle Communities • Gow Fields, City of Lakeland • Scott Franklin, Lanier Upshaw, Inc. • Mike Furr, Furr & Wegman Architects, P.A. • Kamal Haider, M.D., Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group, P.A. • Ford Heacock, Heacock Insurance Group • Clayton Hollis, Publix Super Markets, Inc. • Daniel Knell, Bartow Regional Medical Center • Robert Loftin, BB&T • Katrina Lunsford, Wachovia Bank • Leonard Mass, Drummond Company, Inc. • Mark Miller, GrayRobinson, P.A. • Bob Puterbaugh, Peterson & Myers, P.A. • George Rogers, GEICO • Art Rowbotham, WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio • Joe P. Ruthven, The Ruthvens • Dr. Lou Saco, Watson Clinic LLP • Anu Saxena, ASC geosciences, inc. • Jack Stephens, Lakeland Regional Medical Center • Gary Tarr, Pepperidge Farm, Inc. • Ralph Weeks, Quality Petroleum Corporation

May’s Business After Hours

By Terry Ottinger, Vice President Membership Development

May’s Business After Hours took our members “out to the ballpark”, as the Lakeland Flying Tigers and Lakeland Electric teamed up to host the event. Live entertainment was provided as well as a feast of delicious food prepared by Thomas Mackinnon executive chef for Center Plate the Lakeland Flying Tigers catering division. Every member was given a ticket to the ball game following an exciting event full of great networking opportunities. A special thanks to Lakeland Electric and the Flying Tigers for making this event very special.

Lakeland Flying Tigers General Manager Zack Burek accepts plaque of appreciation om Chairman Joe L. Ruthven

Chairman's Mid-Year Report

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Because of the magnitude of this proposed amendment, the Chamber has made it our #1 legislative priority this year. Business employers are asked to educate their employees on this important issue and encourage them to “VOTE NO ON 4” on the general election ballot in November. Half Cent Sales Tax Referendum for a County-wide Public Transit System: In November, voters will also be asked to approve a half cent sales tax to fund a county-wide public transit system. Following the 2010 U.S. Census, Polk County will no longer be eligible for Federal funding that has supported the public transit system currently in place in Lakeland, Winter Haven and some other areas of the county. At its meeting in May, the Chamber board of directors adopted a resolution in support of the proposed sales tax referendum. While there is no good time to increase taxes, and especially in today’s economic environment, the board of directors felt that a county-wide public transit system is critically connected to the economic vitality, quality of life, and regional and statewide connectivity of our county and region. Over the next several months, we will be working to educate member businesses and the community on why it is important to support this referendum in the November election. In the meantime, please contact Katie Daughtrey, the Chamber’s Vice President of Public Affairs, at if you have any questions or comments on this issue. As we move into the summer months, please remember to support our local businesses and the “Buy Lakeland. It makes good cents!” campaign. By doing business in Lakeland, we are supporting our fellow Chamber member businesses, families, friends and neighbors.

Lakeland Electric’s Jon Adkinson accepts plaque om Chairman Joe L. Ruthven

I encourage you to read this month’s Forum for further updates on what’s happening at the Chamber. We could not accomplish all we have this year in leading Lakeland’s business community without the active involvement and support of our members. Working together, we will continue to build Lakeland as THE community of choice to live, work and play. I hope to see you at an upcoming Chamber event! Best regards,

Members enjoy music, food and networking at Joker Marchant Stadium Photo Credit: Justin Green Photography

Joe L. Ruthven, Chairman of the Board

Lakeland’s Hospitality Award Winners

Nominations sought for 2011 Board of Directors

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to be led by an elected 36-member board of directors and five ex-officio members. These dedicated volunteer leaders direct the governance of the Chamber and represent the interests of our 1,700 members. This month, a nominating committee headed by Chair-elect Alice Hunt (Hunt Construction of Central Florida, Inc.) will convene to nominate 12 new directors to serve a three-year term on the Chamber’s board of directors, effective January 1, 2011. Active Chamber members in good standing are invited to submit their names or the names of other members who meet the qualifications of nomination. Nominations will be submitted to the 2011 Officers and Directors Nominating Committee. Names of proposed board candidates should be submitted no later than Friday, July 9, 2010 to: Kathleen Munson, President Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 3607 Lakeland, FL 33802-3607 by FAX: (863) 683-7454 or by email: Questions regarding the nomination process may be directed to Kathleen at (863) 688-8551, Ext. 234 or to the above email address.

By Jacqueline Johnson

Senior Vice President, Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Annual Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing “Tourism Awareness Day” Breakfast was held at Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City on May 25. As a very special part of the program, Restaurant and Hospitality Awards were presented to exemplary employees, who are not always seen and recognized, but provide valuable services to our Lakeland customers. It is commendable customer service provided by these inspiring employees that make Lakeland unique and impressive - and brings back tourism business time and time again! Special Hospitality Awards were presented to: Hospitality Award Winner Bryan French, Operations Support Supervisor II for the City of Lakeland at Hollis Garden. Bryan was nominated by Bill Tinsley, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Lakeland. As operations support supervisor for his organization, his hard work and dedication directly result in major facilities being recognized as the best in the state – including Joker Marchant Stadium Field and Tiger Town Facilities. Hospitality Service Award Winner Priscilla Roman, Executive Housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Lakeland South. Nominated by Jacqualyn Smart, Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn Lakeland South, Jacqualyn remarks, “Priscilla has faithfully represented her hotel for the past 19 years.” Hospitality Service Award Winner Collin Sanei, Texas Cattle Company Restaurant is not only a service trainer and expeditor but also a mentor for others. This honoree was nominated by Deidre White, managing partner at Texas Cattle Company. And finally, The Community Partner Award went to the Detroit Tigers. Accepting the award on behalf of the Tigers was Ron Myers, Director of Florida Operators, Detroit Tigers, Inc. The Community Partner Award recognizes outstanding partnerships that enhance the Polk County Tourism Industry and Related Businesses. No. 4

Tourist Development Council members Frank Johnson (Stay Inn & Suites), Jesse Douthit (Fantasy of Flight), Mike LaPan (e Lakeland Center), and Jeff VanDiver (Best Western Admiral’s Inn); Chairman and County Commissioner, Ed Smith present awards to deserving hospitality industry employees.

Bryan French, City of Lakeland at Hollis Garden

Priscilla Roman, Holiday Inn Lakeland South

Collin Sanei, Texas Cattle Company Restaurant

Ron Myers, Detroit Tigers, Inc.

June Small Business of the Month Award presented

By Gary Cleveland

Cleveland & Company, Inc.

Inspired by childhood memories of her grandmother’s cooking, Terrie Lobb brought her love of cooking, culinary arts training, and a deep desire to succeed to our community over 10 years ago. Terrie became the chef, marketing coordinator, accountant and the server as she began the business out of her home kitchen. Terrie says, “I have made every mistake that could have been made, and most of them twice.” But she never considered failure as an option and learned to create systems that would help prevent making mistakes in the future. Terrie Lobb is able to make time to work on the business as she works in the business. Staff training is enhanced by team building exercises, food safety courses, Andy Andrews’ videos, and onsite computer software training. Culinary magic begins when the training, preparation and hard work meet the creative minds of Terrie Lobb

Catering. From a teenager’s black light birthday party, wedding receptions or a Vaudeville extravaganza the entire staff takes pride in its ability to work together to deliver eye-catching food and glamorous presentations.

Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. has adopted a guiding principle to “give the client more value than they expect, whether measured by price, performance, quality, results or service and to remain committed to the highest level of ethical conduct in everything we do.” This constant commitment has translated into success for the business. Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. has grown from the home kitchen to its present home in the former Bartow Memorial Hospital commercial kitchen where 12 full time and 30 part time employees prepare and serve the culinary creations that celebrate life in many diverse settings and styles. Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. has an affinity for many not-for-profits in our community. Good Shepherd Hospice, Girl Scouts, Lakeland Runners Club, Al-

June Winner

Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. 1239 East Main Street Bartow, FL 33830 (863) 533-6483

liance for Independence, Women’s Care Center, SPCA, Inc. and Peace River Center along with others have all been supported by the catering services. Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. is making a positive difference in our community through their business and personal relationships, ethical conduct, leadership, and in kind contributions. The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. as the Small Business Award winner for the month of June 2010.

Small Business of the Month Committee Member, Gary Cleveland (Cleveland & Company, Inc.) presents, Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. with the Small Business of the Month Award for June. Also present to accept the award, William J. Lobb and the staff of Terrie Lobb Catering, Inc. Pictured in the first row Heather Scott, Teresa Chicas, Amy Brocco, Juan Chicas and in the second row, Angel Tagaca, Terry Caldwell, Sandi Kinsey, Josh Dinsmore.

Leadership Lakeland Celebrates Graduation of Class XXVII

By Carolyn Jackson

themselves to volunteer initiatives. The Leadership Lakeland program gives the participants a very in-depth, behind the scenes look at many aspects of our community. The experiences and insights gained create better informed leaders to guide our community to the ‘next level’.

Senior Vice President, Member Relations

Under the leadership of Leadership Lakeland Class XXVII Chairman Art Erickson (Florida Lifestyle Communities) 31 participants graduated from the year-long program on May 13, 2010. The class is comprised of members of the community who already have a proven record of leadership in their chosen fields. Additionally, the participants have shown their commitment to Lakeland and making it a better place to live, work and play, by dedicating

The relationships formed – the team that is the end result – creates a very special component to the year spent together.

Leadership Lakeland Class XXVII • Rick Abbatiello, Publix Super Markets, Inc. • Ramona Blankinship, Ramona L. Blankinship Law Firm • Terry Brigman, City of Lakeland • Earl Brown, Freely Forgiven Community Church • Zach Burek, Detroit Tigers, Inc. • Sal Campisi, Regal Honda, Acura, GMC, Jeep • Tom Conger, Lanier Upshaw, Inc. • Xuchitl Coso, Florida Southern College • Michael Folsom, Folsom Construction Inc. • Mark Gray, MIDFLORIDA Federal Credit Union • Cindy Green, Furr & Wegman Architects, P.A. • Robbin Joachim, Watson Clinic LLP • Becky Joyce, Action Professional Recruiters, Inc. • Brian Jurbala, Highland Center for Orthopaedics • Shannon Lanier, Lakeland Vision, Inc. • Steve Madden, Madden • Donna McWilliams, My Pet's Animal Hospital • David Miller, The Latt Maxcy Corporation • Lisa Oliver, Leadership Lakeland Alumni, Lakeland Bar Association, NAWBO • Trista Otto, Saddle Creek Corporation • Jennifer Rumph, Peterson & Myers, P.A. • Randy Stinson, Stinson Home Design Center • Laura Taylor, Lakeland Economic Development Council • Ashley Troutman, Fields Insurance & Financial Group • Steve Turbeville, Lighthouse Ministries, Inc. • Margie Voyles, Lakeland Regional Medical Center • Michael Walker, Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. • Suzette Welling, Ross Vecchio, PA • Britt Williams, Polk County Sheriff's Office • Dawn Willis, The Ledger • Jason Witty, Southern Wine & Spirits

e Water Dome is just one of the treasures the class experienced at Florida Southern College

– Art Erickson – “our fearless leader” A special graduation tradition is the class’s presentation.

Teambuilding is an important aspect of Leadership Lakeland

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It was ‘back to school’ for Leadership Lakeland – and yes, they have their uniforms on.

Each month, the Chamber enlists the help of 20 volunteers to mentor new and current members with involvement in Chamber events and programs. This dedicated group of professionals is rewarded for their efforts through a Bryan Mau points system, and the Champion with the most points is featured in the Forum for Business Monthly. This month, the Chamber staff would like to recognize Mr. Bryan Mau, Regional Director for Retirement Services with CPS Investment Advisors for his outstanding attention to Chamber members and attendance at events! Bryan is a wonderful asset to the Chamber and to the Lakeland community!




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Experience EMERGE

Monthly updates for Lakeland’s young professionals By EMERGE Lakeland Marketing Committee

EMERGE Lakeland will be hosting the annual “Pack the Bar” social event on Tuesday, July 27 at Linksters Tap Room in downtown Lakeland. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. The cost for EMERGE members is only $20 and includes two drink tickets and great appetizers from Fresco’s. Non-members are welcome to attend for $25. Visit before July 23 for more information and to RSVP. Admission at the door without an RSVP will be $30. The event is a great opportunity to build relationships by networking in a fun atmosphere. If you are not a member, consider attending to learn more about EMERGE and how you can become more involved in our community. EMERGE promotes social interaction among young professionals, opportunities for philanthropic engagement and career enrichment.

Did you know that EMERGE Lakeland has five committees? A great way to be “in the know” is to get involved with what is happening behind the scenes. It’s also another great opportunity to network with fellow members. Please contact Ashley Hall at if you are interested in one of the following committees: events, marketing, membership, technology and volunteer. Visit to learn more about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and development and social outings. You can follow EMERGE on Twitter @EMERGELakeland and join the EMERGE Lakeland Group on Facebook. Get involved! Join EMERGE Lakeland today!


e Chamber is proud to welcome 16 new members for May 2010 Through their membership in the Chamber, businesses invest in themselves and their community. We urge you to “Buy Lakeland. It makes good cents!” by doing business with these new Chamber members. For the most up-to-date list of members, visit our on-line Preferred Business Directory at!

Central Florida Internal Medicine Associates

2000 Osprey Blvd, #109 Bartow, FL 33830-4347 (863) 533-2850 Fax: (863) 519-7109 Sam Korley, M.D. Physicians Internal Medicine

Deaf Service Bureau

11441 Osceola Drive New Port Richey, FL 34654-1332 (800) 616-4293 Fax: (866) 566-9848 Wendi A. Herzman Human Services

Kellie M. Deitrick, P.A., C.P.A.

5121 S Lakeland Dr., Ste 2 Lakeland, FL 33813-2623 (863) 647-2308 Fax: (863) 644-9815

Kellie M. Deitrick, CPA Accountants - Certified Public

Earhart’s Runway Grill

3900 Don Emerson Dr., Ste 201 Lakeland, FL 33811-1263 (863) 937-8900 David & Romina Layman Restaurants

Edward’s Pressure Washing & Painting (863) 640-2829 Willie Edwards Pressure Cleaning

Edwards Construction Services, Inc.

41 Lake Morton Dr., Ste 29 Lakeland, FL 33801-5360 (863) 688-3888 Fax: (352) 854-6280

Four Paws Only

2215 E Edgewood Dr Lakeland, FL 33803-3605 (863) 667-3113 Fax: (863) 667-3853 Sandy Hargreaves Pet Grooming

Geohagan, P.A.

3001 Bartow Road Lakeland, FL 33803-8358 (863) 665-6930 Fax: (863) 665-6935 Brent Geohagan Attorneys

Lakeland Spine Center

3242 S Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33803-4574 (863) 644-0880 Diane Brennan Dr. Dane Parker Chiropractic Physicians

Nite Owl Urgent Care

3242 S Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33803-4574 (863) 644-7337

Premier Care Professionals, Inc. 6955 Lacy Dr. Lakeland, FL 33813-5663 (863) 533-1100 Fax: (863) 533-0254 Ricardo Perez, MD Rosa Ravelo-Perez Physicians

Seckman Fire Sprinklers

2412 Airport Road Plant City, FL 33563-1102 (813) 752-2266 Fax: (813) 752-2268 Thomas H. Seckman Fire Sprinkler & Alarm Systems

SR Products Lakeland, FL 33815-4786 (863) 602-0200 Fax: (863) 578-4467 Robert Jonas Construction

Dr. Michael Stratton

Polk County Builders Assoc.

Diane Brennan Dr. Dane Parker Clinics

2232 Heritage Dr Lakeland, FL 33801-8000 (863) 665-0844 Fax: (863) 667-9956

Stephanie Hutton Associations Steve Edwards General Contractors

Florida Tile Industries, Inc.

320 W. Main Street Lakeland, FL 33802-0447 (863) 687-7171 Fax: (863) 284-4075 Jim Pitman Tile - Manufacturer

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5227 US Highway 98 S Lakeland, FL 33846-1417 (863) 709-1600 Dr. Michael Stratton Chiropractic Physicians

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During the month of May, our Visitor Information Center assisted hundreds of

individuals, answering questions pertaining to Chamber member businesses and

the Lakeland community.

Walk-in Visitors..................................322 Relocation Response Mailings................1 Relocation Response (Walk In) ............23 Accommodations...................................0

Winter Accommodations .......................0 Visitor Information Mailings ...................2 Visitor Center E-mail Inquiries.............129


Monday, July 5

Chamber Closed in Observance of Independence Day

Thursday, July 8

Schmooze a’ Palooza, 11:30 a.m. Natalie’s Sports Bar & Grill, 3120 S Florida Ave

Friday, July 9

Deadline for Nominations to the Board of Directors

Thursday, July 15

Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. CenterState Bank & Clark, Campbell, Mawhinney & Lancaster, P.A., 500 S Florida Ave

Thursday, July 22

Business Round Table, 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by SCORE Chamber Briefing Room

Tuesday, July 27

EMERGE Lakeland Pack the Bar, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Linksters Taproom, 209 E. Main Street


Monday, July 12

Small Business of the Month Committee, 11:45 a.m. EMERGE Lakeland Steering Committee, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14

Government Affairs, 8:00 a.m.

Friday, July 23

Chamber Staff Retreat – all day

Tuesday, July 27

Investment Committee Meeting, 4:00 p.m.

200 Chamber members attend 2010 Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast The 2010 Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast was a success with more than 200 chamber members in attendance. A special thanks to our presenting sponsors CF Industries, Inc. and Clark, Campbell, Mawhinney & Lancaster, PA for making this event a success.

Photo credit: Gil Williams Photography

More than 200 Chamber members enjoyed listening to the Polk County Legislative Delegation review the 2010 session.

Representative Kelli Stargel and George Rogers, GEICO, discuss the 2010 legislative session.

Mike Mitchell, Publix Super Markets, Inc. and Representative John Wood.

David Steele, USF Polytechnic, emceed this year’s event.

Senator JD Alexander discusses the dynamics of this year’s budget.

2010 North With The Tigers Goes International! Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays in TORONTO! August 27-29, 2010 (with some additional options!) Enjoy some great baseball action between two of Florida’s long running Spring Training relationships—Lakeland’s Detroit Tigers and Dunedin’s Toronto Blue Jays. For specific information contact Jackie Johnson at No. 14

Common Grounds

A taste of local business one cup at at time

By Sheree Saulter Webster University

I see you, but do you see me? I see you when you are shopping. I know when you are relaxing because you are catching a movie, getting a massage or maybe even a manicure and pedicure. I also see you in all of the restaurants and sometimes sneaking to get some ice cream. Yes...I see you, but do you see me? I got really excited when I saw you reading a book across the street from me and that is why I started saying Hello to you. It was then I knew we had something in common. “LEARNING” I am Webster University and our NEW HOME is what appears to be your Home away from Home. Yes, Lakeside Village! We are located at 1479 Town Center Drive, near the circle fountain. Webster University was established in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri and now includes more than 100 campuses across the nation and around the globe. The Lakeland campus was established in 1999 and has proudly served the citizens of Polk County. Webster University is consistently ranked in the Top-25 for graduate programs and is firmly established as a Top-Tier University. Monday through Thursday, and occasionally on a Saturday we have learning parties which consist of MBA, Management & Leadership, Human Resource Management, School Guidance, Community Counseling, Marriage and Family, and Mental Health Counseling classes. All of these classes can be enjoyed on site and most can be taken online if you prefer. We do like to keep our parties small with a maximum of 20 people per class. Our instructors are experienced working professionals in the field they teach. Webster University believes in building strong communities and takes pride in saying that our alumni typically choose to remain here in the local area. In fact our Master’s degree graduates have gone on to become some of the most well-respected school guidance counselors, mental health therapists, business professionals and managers working for some of the leading organizations throughout Polk County. The next time you visit Lakeside Village and are taking in the beautiful scenery around the water fountain...look up so you can see me too. Stop by and see us, you are always welcome in our home.


The Chamber would like to recognize and thank the following businesses for their long-standing support and loyalty.

20+ Years Renewals 1952 – 58 Years BAGLEY Idea Pros

1967 – 48 Years YMCA of West Central Florida 1972 – 38 Years Rubber & Accessories, Inc. 1975 – 35 Years Chuck Warnock-Realtor-Developer 1976 – 34 Peninsular Exterminating Co. 1980 – 30 Years United Way of Central Florida Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects, Inc. 1982 – 28 Years Lakeland Automall - Ford, Mazda, Hyundai & Isuzu 1983 – 27 Years Soul Train Wig & Fashion 1984 – 26 Years Estates at Carpenters Primex Plastics Corp. 1986 – 24 Years Sylvan Learning Center 1988 – 22 Years Goodwill Superstore Lifestyle Family Fitness Lakeland Public Library 1989 – 21 Years Lake Morton Bed & Breakfast Brooke Pottery 1990 – 20 Years QMI North Lakeland Foot Clinic

15-Year Renewals

First Presbyterian Church

10-Year Renewals

Fischer, Schemmer & Silbiger M.D. PA Courtyard by Marriott Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland, Inc

5-Year Renewals

Punam's Perfections CEMEX Valencia Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center Randy Kincaid Auction Company

Sheree Saulter, Webster University's Director of Community Relations sits by the fountain outside Webster's new home at Lakeside Village.


CivilSurv Design Group, Inc.

Corporate Office in Lakeland is pleased to announce that John E. Howle, P.E. has been named the Vice President of Engineering and Kenneth T. Glass, P.S.M. has been named the Vice President for Surveying and Mapping.

Jefferson-Allsopp Inc.

PartyLite Gifts, Inc.

Barb Erickson, Independent Consultant and District Leader with PartyLite Gifts Inc. recently earned a 5 night Mediterranean Cruise for two from her company. The trip was earned based on personal sales, sponsoring and leadership development within her PartyLite organization. This is her 16th FREE vacation in 15 years.

Has recently been recognized nationally by The Hartford Insurance Company in the Honor Roll category for representing the company for 50+ years in Lakeland. In appreciation of Honor Roll agents, The Hartford will donate $500,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project and the YMCA in 2010.

OMS Group, Inc.

Is proud to announce that Ellsworth F. “Dutch” Ireland has recently joined our team as Sales Manager. Dutch has over 24 years experience in the insurance and workers’ compensation arena specializing in underwriting, product development and client maintenance. He will be responsible for implementing new marketing strategies, systems and procedures for promoting and selling OMS products and services.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, LLC

Dean Saunders, ALC, Licensed Real Estate Broker, and owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate in Lakeland, FL, recently spoke to a group of land real estate professionals and brokers from all over the country. The RLI 2010 National Land Conference was held in Fort Worth, TX. Former Alico, Inc. president, Steve Smith, joins the Saunders real estate companies as a licensed real estate sales associate, Realtor®, and Land Manager.

Santa Fe Catholic High School

The President, Ms. Gwen Coté, is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Tom Hanlon to serve as its new principal beginning July 1, 2010. Mr. Hanlon comes to Santa Fe Catholic High School after most recently serving 10 years as Assistant Principal at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory. Santa Fe is the recipient of the Light of Faith Award for its excellence in communication skills.

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Lanier Upshaw, Inc.

Is proud to announce that John B. “J.B.” Moore has joined the agency as Employee Benefits and Commercial Risk Consultant, and Jamie Conner has joined as Employee Benefits Risk Consultant.

The Lakeland Chamber prints business announcements each month as space permits. Please mail your announcements to the Chamber or e-mail:

Sessums & Sessums, P.A.

Is pleased to announce Debbie Herndon joined the staff of Sessums & Sessums, P. A. as a Paralegal. Ms. Herndon has over eight years experience in the legal field.

Qgiv, Inc.

Todd Baylis, Brendan Smith and Jennifer Mansfield of Qgiv recently attended the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, Maryland. This conference was an excellent opportunity to showcase our product in front of a captive audience of nonprofits and consultants.

Watson Clinic LLP

Is pleased to announce that endocrinologist Khanh T. Pham, MD, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE). Designation as a Fellow of the American Board of Endocrinology means an endocrinologist has achieved a level of training and experience consistent with the high standards established and adopted by the clinical endocrinology specialty.

Mine & Mill Supply Co.

On March 11, 2010 Mine & Mill Supply Co. and its subsidiary Bert Lowe Supply Co., elected officers for the new year: Leon Handley, Chairman of the Board; Robert Tidwell, Executive VP and Vice Chairman of the Board; Wayne Hart, President and COO; John Eady Jr., VP; Charles Fitzgerald, Comptroller and Secretary Treasurer.

Florida Southern College

FSC President Anne Kerr has announced that John M. Welton, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Dr. Welton comes to FSC from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing, where he was a faculty chair and track coordinator in nursing administration.

Alliance for Independence

Is pleased to welcome Vickie Barron to our staff as the Director of Program Operations. In this position, Vickie will oversee all training and operations of the Adult Day Training Program, while ensuring that the program operates at its highest quality and within all mandated guidelines and standards. Also, pleased to welcome Nancy Vaughan to our staff as the Business Development Director. In this position, Nancy will work directly with the Government and Private Sector to secure employment opportunities for the individuals served at AFI in the services and product arenas.

Cipher Integrations

Is proud to announce the promotion of Don Kane to Senior Network Technician. Don has been a valuable part of the Cipher team since 2008.

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RIBBON CUTTINGS The following companies recently celebrated their ribbon cuttings in the month of May. See the photos on our Web site at

101 W. Main Street, Suite 140 • Lakeland, FL 33815 (863) 688-3279 •

Results Weight Loss

116 S Kentucky Ave • Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 904-6600 •

Blue Sky – USF Polytechnic

500 S Florida Ave, Suite 100 • Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 683-2300 •

CenterState Bank

5001 State Road 540 W • Winter Haven, FL 33880 (863) 293-5980 •

Red Door Wine Market

Eli and Bubba’s Mobile Wash & Detail

All Saints’ Academy

850 S Tennessee Avenue• Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 937-9314 •

(863) 286-6050


Special thanks to Mayor Gow Fields, and all the Board Members and Chamber Champions who truly make these ceremonies a special event. No. 18

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Chas P. Smith, CPA/PFS, president of CPS Investment Advisors recently attended the Fidelity Investments Executive Forum in Naples. The forum was attended by top portfolio managers and registered investment advisors in the country.

Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center LLP

Griffin Road Campus is pleased to announce that we have recently been accredited for three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of conduct in our business practices; and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.


Jordan Cokee has joined Central Florida SCORE as a volunteer counselor. His expertise is manufacturing and management.

Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland

Is pleased to announce that the following business and community leaders have been elected to serve on the Foundations Board of Directors, for the 2010 – 2011 fiscal year. Officers: Board Chair, Charles McPherson; Vice Chair, Bruce Abels; Secretary/Treasurer, Laura Hawley; President/CEO, John Fitzwater. Directors: Brenda Craft, Evie McCutcheon, John Cannon, III, Lyle Philipson, Connie Durrence, John Vreeland, Martha Linder, Jeff Walker, Sarah McKay, Walker Wilkerson

P.O. Box 3607 • Lakeland, FL 33802-3607

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

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