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The 2021 Board of Directors Nominating Committee, in accordance with Articles VIII and XII of the Chamber Bylaws, was charged with developing a slate of twelve (12) individuals to serve a three (3) year term on the
Board of Directors.

Accordingly, I am pleased to present the following slate to the membership for election, effective January 1, 2021:

Steve Cole (BKS-Partners)
Gow Fields (Fields Insurance & Financial Group)
Patrick Gogliardo (Business Down Pat, Inc.)
Stacey Heacock Weeks (Heacock Insurance)
Dr. Anne Kerr (Florida Southern College)
Rob McCollum (SunTrust now Truist)
Patrick Phillips (Lakeland Regional Health)
Teddra Porteous (Polk County Schools)
Dr. Melody Rider (Keiser University)
Jason Rodda (Rodda Construction)
Dr. Sallie Stone (Well Done Events!)
Amanda Walls (Peterson & Myers, P.A.)
Stacy Williams-Myers (Achievement Academy)


Per the Bylaws, the membership has the opportunity to place additional names in nomination by presenting a petition signed by no less than thirty (30) active investors. Such petition must be filed at the Chamber office no later than September 15, 2020.

If nominations are received from the membership, a ballot bearing names of all nominees will be issued to the membership for vote no later than September 25. Members will have no less than five (5) days in which to vote. The number of nominees with the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.

If no additional nominations are received from the membership, the slate proposed by the Nominating Committee will be considered elected by acclamation.


Please do not hesitate to contact me, Matt Clark, 2020 Board Chair at (863) 683-3425 or Cory Skeates, President & CEO at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 234, should you have any questions regarding the proposed slate of nominees.

I would like to thank the following members who served on the Nominating Committee: Chair-elect Will Link, Immediate Past Chair Michelle Ledford, Past Chair Weymon Snuggs, and Board members Stacey Heacock Weeks, Chuck McDanal, Danielle Drummond.

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