Lakeland, FL, January 21, 2022–The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Amy Wiggins has been selected as its new President and CEO. On January 18, the Chamber’s Executive Committee voted to approve Wiggins for the position after the Search Committee completed its search and interview process. The effective date of this appointment is March 9, 2022.
Since graduating from Florida Southern College in 1998, Wiggins has grown as a public relations and communications professional. From 2005 to 2015, Wiggins served the Lakeland Chamber in a resource development and membership recruitment role and later as Vice President of Communications.
“Amy’s previous experience with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce along with her focus on organizational sustainability and data-driven strategies makes her the right choice to lead our Chamber,” said Stacey Heacock Weeks, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “We are excited to work with her to create a collaborative environment for promoting our business investors and community.”
Wiggins returns to the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce after most recently serving as Executive Director of Lakeland Symphony Orchestra, previously known as Imperial Symphony Orchestra. While there, she led the group’s effort to transition from volunteer to professional musicians and a rebrand of the organization to better reflect its connection between music and the community. Wiggins also has an extensive community volunteer resume. She has served on the Board of Directors for both Lakeland Vision and Polk Vision, is a Council Member of Lakeland Mayor’s Council on the Arts, is the current President of Polk Art Alliance, is past-President of the Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and is current Board Chair of Linking Community Now (LkldNow.com).
Wiggins will oversee a staff of 8 and work closely with the Executive Committee and 38- member Board of Directors to carry out the Lakeland Chamber’s mission as the Catalyst for business success, Convener of leaders and influencers, and Champion for our thriving community. She will also support the Lakeland Chamber Foundation’s focus on addressing business education and workforce development.
“The Chamber is an incredible resource for businesses today, and the excitement and vision for the future of business growth through Chamber programs will strengthen our value to the entire community,” said Wiggins. “The challenges of the past 24 months have inspired a renewed focus on resilience, creativity, and collaboration. Lakeland’s business community is smart and innovative – I’m ready to listen.”
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.