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Lakeland, FL, November 12, 2021–Following the resignation of former President &
CEO Cory Skeates, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Will Link has
convened a Search Committee to identify a new candidate for the position.


“The Search Committee will be tasked with identifying and vetting candidates and
applicants for the position of President & CEO of the Lakeland Chamber,” said Link.“This group will also be responsible for making a recommendation to the Chamber Board as to a final candidate.”

The following individuals have been chosen to serve on the Search Committee:


• Jason Rodda (Rodda Construction) – Chair, Search Committee
o Chamber Investor Level: Partner
o 2021 Chamber Executive Committee, Vice Chair Organizational Integrity
o 2019 Businessman of the Year
o Leadership Lakeland Class XXVIII


• Sylvia Blackmon-Roberts (Southeastern University)
o Chamber Investor Level: Visionary
o 2021 Chamber Board of Directors
o Leadership Lakeland Class XI


• Michelle Ledford (MADE)
o Chamber Investor Level: Partner
o 2020 Businesswoman of the Year
o 2019 Chamber Board Chair
o Leadership Lakeland Class XXVI Chair
o Leadership Lakeland Class XXIX


• John Loute (Spring Hill Inn & Suites)
o Chamber Investor Level: Partner
o Leadership Lakeland Class XIX


• Paul Noris (Bank of Central Florida)
o Chamber Investor Level: Council of Advisors
o 2020 George Jenkins Award
o 2007 Chamber Board Chair
o Leadership Lakeland Class XXXIII Chair
o Leadership Lakeland Class XVI


• Ashley Troutman (Northwestern Mutual)
o Chamber Investor Level: Business Builder
o Former Member Chamber Board of Directors
o Leadership Lakeland Class XXVII


• Brian West (Publix Super Markets, Inc.)
o Chamber Investor Level: Board of Governors
o 2021 Chamber Board of Directors
o Leadership Lakeland Class XXXII


“We have a diverse group of investors represented within this Search Committee,” said Jason Rodda, Search Committee Chair. “From small businesses to large corporations and from hospitality to higher education, I’m confident the perspectives we each bring to the table will be extraordinarily insightful as we move through an extensive process to find the next leader for the Lakeland Chamber.”


The Search Committee is responsible for implementing a thorough system in which to recruit, screen and identify the new President & CEO of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. The committee will meet to establish its process and will communicate the details as soon as they are available.

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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