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Lakeland, FL, October 29, 2021–The Executive Committee of the Lakeland Chamber of
Commerce has accepted the resignation of President & CEO Cory Skeates. The effective date of his resignation is October 29, 2021.

Following multiple conversations between Skeates and leaders from the Executive Committee related to fully realizing the Lakeland Chamber’s mission and vision, Skeates chose to tender his resignation to allow a change in leadership in the best interest of the Chamber.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the businesses of Lakeland and sharing my vision for what chambers of the future must do to remain relevant while continuing to focus on their mission. It was an honor to represent the Lakeland Chamber as Chair of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP), as a member of the Board of Regents for the U.S Chamber’s Southeast Institute for Organization Management, and through service on many other local boards and committees,” said Skeates. “After six years of leading the Lakeland Chamber, I am proud and satisfied with the progress we have made as an organization, especially during a pandemic which witnessed the demise of too many businesses and chambers. I wish the Chamber nothing but success in its path forward.”

Skeates began his time with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in January of 2015. Prior to joining the Lakeland Chamber, he served as President & CEO of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce in Oviedo, Florida.

“The Lakeland Chamber’s Board of Directors is appreciative of the vision Cory brought to our city and are thankful for his navigation of the many issues facing businesses during the ongoing pandemic. We wish him the best in the next phase of his career,” said Will Link, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “As we begin the work to identify a new President and CEO, the entire Chamber staff remains committed to serving our business investors and community as they do every day.”

The Executive Committee will name an Interim President & CEO to serve in this role until a
qualified replacement is identified and hired. The Search Committee will be assembled, and this process will begin in the coming weeks.

About the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization
consisting of nearly 1,200 investor businesses, making it the largest chamber in Polk
County, Florida. Its mission is to serve as the Catalyst for business success, Convener
of leaders and influencers, and Champion for our thriving community. In 2019, the
Lakeland was recognized with a 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive
impact on the community. This significant achievement marks the 50th consecutive year
of Accreditation for the Lakeland Chamber.

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