Cory was named President of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce in January of 2015. In his role, he is responsible for chamber leadership and administration.
Originally from Scottsville, NY, Cory moved to Central Florida in 1997 to attend Barry University School of Law in Orlando after receiving a B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, from Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the Lakeland Chamber, he served as President/CEO of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce in Oviedo, FL (2007-2014), as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representatives Attkisson (2001-2002), Kallinger (2002-2004), Quinones (2005) and Adams (2005-2006) and also consulted independently on several local, state and federal campaigns.
Cory currently serves as the 2020-21 Chair of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP) and is also a member of the Board of Regents for the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Southeast Institute for Organizational Management (IOM).
He is married to his wife Shannon and together they have two daughters, Ella and Amelia.
Amber is a native of the Tampa Bay area. She has been a Chamber Professional for 15 years beginning her career with The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce and was part of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Management team from 2010-2013. Amber’s Chamber career began when she was hired as an Information Specialist, at just 17 years old. From there, she has held many roles in Chamber event planning, programming, administration, retention and sales. She and her spouse Steven have a 6 year old girl named Sydney. They enjoy cooking, outdoor sports and spending time with family. Amber is excited to bring her extensive Chamber experience to our community and be a part of the Lakeland team.
As a life-long resident of Florida, Cauney resides in Polk County. With beaches to her west and delightful attractions to her east, she is sure to always have fun on her mind. That fun includes working at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Foundation. With an extensive background in public relations, marketing, nonprofit management, bank management and having created and built numerous outreach efforts in her community, Cauney brings to our organization an excitement and passion for making a difference for the great city of Lakeland that she adores so much. When not at the office or a Chamber event, she enjoys being part of her 17 y/o son’s active high school and travel baseball schedules. Her husband is a Health Administrator for Centurion Healthcare, a corporation that serves governmental agencies in various patient care settings. We welcome Cauney to our family and look forward to witnessing her future successes in the Lakeland Chamber Foundation.
Jerilyn is a Florida native, originally from the small town of Brooksville. She currently lives in Plant City where she was the former Executive Director of Plant City Main Street and worked with the City of Plant City on branding and social media outreach. She joins the Chamber with over three years of nonprofit management experience and seven years in the hospitality industry.
Jerilyn is a mom to her 9-year-old little boy, Connor. In her free time, you can find her on the Little League fields cheering on her son or traveling with her friends. She is excited to become more acclimated with the Lakeland area and an active member of the community. She is passionate about historic downtowns so don’t be surprised if you see her in downtown Lakeland daily!
Jerilyn is currently enrolled at Polk State College where she will obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Communications. Jerilyn looks forward to bringing her knowledge of strategic planning and digital marketing to the Lakeland CVB.
Over the past thirteen years (13), Mr. Reis has served in several Student Services positions, most recently as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services for Keiser University. Prior to working for Keiser University, Mr. Reis worked for a non-profit agency, that was funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families. He has also volunteered his time in the Lakeland community as member of Career Source Polk Board, Rotary International, City of Lakeland Midtown CRA, the Building Healthier Polk Initiative, and Mid-Florida SHRM. Mr. Reis, a graduate of the Chamber’s Public Leadership Institute of Polk County in 2015, received an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Polk State College, a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida, and his M.B.A from Keiser University. He currently resides in Lakeland with his wife Leah and 9 year old son Eli.
Emily joins the Chamber with over 6 years of experience in marketing and graphic design. She is responsible for disseminating information from the Chamber and about the Chamber, its members, programs, and services as well as advising Chamber Management and Staff on public relations issues to ensure a consistent level of quality and service to all Chamber departments and communications efforts. Ms. Mort received a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design.
Shannon Powers is a Lakeland native. She graduated from the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor’s in Event Management and a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management. After graduation, she returned to Lakeland and continued her education at Polk State College receiving a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. When not at work, Shannon enjoys playing with her puppy or visiting Disney with friends and family. Shannon is excited to bring her experience in customer service, sales, and event management to the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.
After graduating from high school in Colorado Springs, CO, Christina moved to West Palm Beach working for Palm Beach Real Estate & running 3 of her own companies. She comes from an active military family which gave her the opportunity to see many beautiful states. Christina has 3 beautiful children, 2 in college & one in high school. She moved back to Florida after many years living in Dartmouth, MA and instantly fell in love with Lakeland and the Historic District after living in Dixieland. She is excited to be apart of this community and all it has to offer.
Monica has lived in Lakeland for most of her life and graduated from Lakeland Senior High School. She briefly moved away during her Junior High years to Oxford, MS, where she returned to attend the University of Mississippi after high school.
Monica was the former Executive Director of the Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce. During her four-year employment with the Chamber, she wore many hats, gained a lot of experience, and made many friends that are still a part of her daily life. Monica has several years of experience in Outside Sales and loves meeting new people in the community.
Monica is very close to her family and values their quality time. She enjoys traveling with her Mom and sister, anywhere from a long weekend at St. Pete or all the way to Italy. She doesn’t have any children, but she has been referred to as ‘The Crazy Cat Lady”, which she doesn’t consider a bad thing. She also has three God-Children who she is very proud of and loves watching them grow into extraordinary adults.
You may see her around town, enjoying all that Lakeland has to offer with her Mom, Kathy, or her life-long local friends. She tries to make the most of her free time by shopping at the local boutiques, enjoying the downtown eateries, or taking advantage of the Lakeland nightlife. Oh, and if you see her wearing a Tennessee Vols shirt, don’t engage…it will just make her start to sing Rocky Top.
Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida - Muma College of Business
Greg Manning opened his first retail location in Lakeland, Fla., more than 30 years ago. While cash flow planning and analysis, and inventory productivity were constants in his businesses, he experienced virtually all aspects of starting, growing, and closing a small business over the course of 30 years. He negotiated dozens of leases and designed and implemented various marketing plans. With more than 250 employees, Manning dealt with various human resources issues. In addition to his operating career, Manning was also involved in the financing side of business as the president of the board of directors of Crown Managers Acceptance Corporation. The company had a facility of $150 million dollars to lend via term loans and working capital loans, providing a lifeline of funding to a multitude of retail customers. Manning earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics from the University of Florida.