The Chamber is governed by a 43-member board of directors representing the demographic makeup of the Lakeland business community. These dedicated volunteers support the members and staff with their service.
Ira Anderson, Crowe Horwath, LLP
Steve Beck, Citizens Bank & Trust
Hunt Berryman, Polk County School Board
Sarah Case, Gadd Case & Associates, LLC
R. Joseph Childs, D.B.A., Southeastern University College of Business and Legal Studies
David Daniel, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center
Dale Dreyer, CenterState Bank of Florida, N.A.
Peter Elliott, Polk State College
Walt Engle, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Brad Farrow, Givaudan Flavors
Mayor Gow Fields, City of Lakeland
Melinda Harrison, Watson Clinic LLP
Craig Hill, Law Office of Craig B. Hill, P.L.
Doug Johnston, Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Adil Khan, Clark & Daughtrey Medical Group / LRHS
Robert Loftin, Community Southern Bank
Steve Madden, Madden
Molly McHugh, Molly McHugh's Irish Pub/The Gym
Kim McKeel, Keller Williams Realty of Polk
Mary McQueen, McQueen Marketing, LLC
David Miller, Peterson & Myers, P.A.
Don Pickard, Pickard & Pickard, Inc. REALTORS
William L. Rhey, Ph.D., Florida Southern College
Matt Ruthven, The Ruthvens
Steve Scruggs, Lakeland Economic Development Council
Sam Sheets, Samuel G. Sheets and Associates, P.A.
Michael Spake, Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Randy Stinson, Stinson's Home Design Center
Doug Thomas, City of Lakeland
Jimmy Waller, Sihle-Waller Insurance
Phil Wegman, Furr & Wegman Architects, P.A.
Jason Witty, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida
In addition to the board of directors, the Chamber is supported by two elite membership groups that offer executive networking and bundled Chamber benefits.
To unite as business leaders to advance the economic growth of member businesses of the Chairman’s Circle and Lakeland Area Chamber Of Commerce.
The Chairman’s Circle was founded in the Fall of 2003 to provide a business forum for senior level executives to meet with one another, build relationships and participate in strategic marketing and membership events to enhance their own business and the overall Lakeland business community.
One of the major assets this Chamber has in continuing to meet the needs of Lakeland’s businesses is the strength of the leadership and financial contributions of the members of the Chairman’s Circle.
In 2009, The Chamber introduced a new level of membership designed for mid-sized companies looking to build involvement in its programs and services. Trustees members gain added recognition and bundled benefits to provide the opportunities to establish contacts and network with top-level professionals in our community. Benefits of involvement in this program include event participation, specialized networking opportunities and strategic marketing assistance. Together, this group of members has elected to take the next step in growth, community involvement and increased visibility.