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  • 07/01/2018 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I was raised as a military brat…after living in Germany and Central California we ended up in a little town Navarre, FL in the Florida Panhandle.  I have been a Lakelander since I was transferred here in my previous retail management career in 2007.

    What do you do?
    REALTOR® at Florida Spotlight Homes Group at Keller Williams Realty Lakeland

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    Being trusted to help someone with the biggest investment of their lives

    What are some of your hobbies?
    I love all things FOOD, working out, hiking, the beach….anything that gets me out in the sunshine

    What’s your involvement in the community?
    My church- Free Life Chapel they host a variety of community events and volunteer opportunities. I am looking to be more involved in charities benefiting child education and health/wellness

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    New restaurants, real estate and home design/décor, essential oils, anything really

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    The community environment…this is one of the most philanthropic communities I have lived in and all the beautiful outdoor spaces.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I find more community service opportunities and to be able to network with other young professional in the area.

    Anything else you want to add?
    I can't wait to get more involved and meet some new wonderful people.


  • 06/01/2018 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I was born in Laramie, Wyoming and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. I’m very comfortable with wide open spaces!

    What do you do?
    I’m the executive director at Explorations V Children’s Museum

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    There is no such thing as a bad day. Even the worst meetings are cured by walking into the lobby and greeting smiling kids anxious to play and learn something new. I may have made more crafts as an adult than I did as a kid and I’m okay with that.

    What are some of your hobbies?
    I love running. Florida has a lot of paved, beautiful running trails which have become a happy place for me. I’m big into flea markets, too. There’s something very appealing about going to one place for a corn dog and a Bertoia chair. (true story)

    What’s your involvement in the community?
    I’m on the Board of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. My BA is in flute performance and my husband is a classical musician. Being able to support and advocate for young musicians is very rewarding. The youth orchestra will never turn away a student for an inability to pay tuition. If they audition in and make the cut, we will find a way to cover their costs which means up to $20,000 in scholarships each year.

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    Dinosaurs. Thanks to my almost 6 year old I feel like I could hold a decent conversation on the topic.

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    The wonderful children’s museum! And the thousands of happy children that visit it each year.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I lived in Rochester, NY, for two years and was very active in the young professional scene. I saw the power that our voice had there and how quickly that voice propelled the City forward. I miss that and hope to serve EMERGE in a similar way.


  • 04/30/2018 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am from a little town called Lake Hamilton about 25 miles east of Lakeland.

    What do you do?
    I am currently a youth ministries intern. I have a heart for reaching the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will carry that passion as I transition into business.

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    Entrepreneurship. I fell in love with business from a young age by spending sleepless nights writing business plans, researching marketing strategies, and seeing my dad do whatever it takes to provide for our family.

    What are some of your hobbies?
    Any sport and any outdoor adventure.

    What’s your involvement in the community?
    I love attending Lakeland’s community events and volunteering wherever needed, including outside Lakeland. I also co-founded a program called “Show Up” at Southeastern University that helps business students get involved in the community.

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    Just talk to me about your business! I love hearing people talk about their passion and vision, especially in business.

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    Diversity. We have incredible talents, ideas, skills, passions, and perspectives that come from so many different people.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    To build relationships with other entrepreneurial-minded individuals and organizations.

    Anything else you want to add?  
    I’m always down to have a conversation about Jesus, business, or this community.

  • 03/29/2018 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A: I am originally from Waterville, ME. I moved here in 2006 to attend Florida Southern College and graduated with a BS in Sports Management in 2010 and my MBA in 2011.

    Q: What do you do?
    A: I am the Coordinator of Athletic Development at Florida Southern College

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: What I like most is the relationships you build within the community and the alumni.

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: My hobbies include spending time with my dogs, my friends and family. I am also into fitness and weight training and staying active.

    Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
    A: My involvement in the community mostly comes from my sponsorship acquisition within the community for FSC athletics.

    Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    A: Anything sports, fitness, marketing, or Florida Southern related.

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
    A: What I like most about Lakeland is what it offers. You can stay busy in Lakeland with the restaurants, night life, things to do, experiences etc.

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    A: I joined emerge in the hopes to create more relationships within the community and become more of a substantial part of the community.

    Q: Anything else you want to add?
    A: I look forward to meeting others and if anyone wants to connect it’s pretty easy to find me! and Go Mocs!


  • 03/01/2018 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A:
    I am originally from Brooksville, FL. Now, I'm making Polk County my home.

    Q: What do you do?
    A: I work for H&R Block in marketing, but I am also a student at Saint Leo University working toward my CPA.

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: I enjoy building new client growth for companies.

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: I enjoy cycling, fitness, my dog, a husky.

    Q: What is your involvement in the community?
    A: EMERGE will be my first community involvement outside of the work I do with my company.

     


  • 01/30/2018 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A: I grew up in Norway (yes, where Frozen takes place...sort of) and moved to Florida about 7 years ago for college. As you can imagine, I wanted to leave winter behind me and live somewhere warm so I figured Florida would be perfect! I moved to Lakeland a few months ago from Sarasota with my husband, Tim, and our golden doodle pup Kyra. 

    Q:  What do you do?
    A :I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and last year I started my own health coaching business called The Green Spatula (www.thegreenspatula.com). I help people create healthier relationships with food so they can increase their confidence, lose weight, and nourish their bodies without guilt or bland recipes. My business is all online so I conduct clients sessions over the phone or Skype/FaceTime. 

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: I love my job because everyday is different! I speak with clients, write and research blog post, style and shoot food/lifestyle photos for my Instagram account, answer emails, develop new recipes, and conduct free health consultations for potential clients. I get to flex my creativity muscle while helping support clients while they work towards their health and wellness goals, which is beyond rewarding! I never thrived in a traditional 9-5 desk job so I am thrilled that I have created a business that ignites my passion and helps others. Also, being a female entrepreneur has been incredibly empowering and something I never thought I could accomplish (I majored in art history in college and always thought I would end up working in a museum).

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: Can food be considered a hobby? Because I love to cook, eat, and create new recipes that are super delicious and fuel the body with healthy ingredients (I have the most delicious recipe for chocolate cake made from sweet potato on my blog). My other hobbies include yoga, going to the beach, visiting Disney with my husband (fun fact: I work as a Disney Imagineer for two years in college), walking around Lake Hollingsworth with Kyra, and styling food pictures.

    Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
    A: We just moved to Lakeland so I am still getting to know the area but I am hoping that by becoming a member of EMERGE, I can connect with my new neighbors at events and create new friendships.

    Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    A: Let's bond over food and pictures of your dog because those are wonderful ice breaking in my opinion. I'm new to the area so I am always looking for new restaurant recommendations. Besides those, I love chatting about movies/tv shows (Parks and Rec, Psych, Stranger Things, The Mummy). Come and say hi!

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
    A: The amount of beautiful outdoor spaces to walk around and the overall community feel that this town has established. There always seems to be an event or something to do downtown, which has made getting to know Lakeland really fun!

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    A: Since I work from home, I wanted to join to establish more connections with other members of the community. I figured EMERGE would be a great way to meet new people and get involved with the community. 

    Q: Anything else you want to add?
    A: If you want to see a bit more of what I do or learn more about health coaching, I would love it if you visited my website or checked out my Instagram (@thegreensptulahealth). I can't wait to connect with you! 


  • 11/06/2017 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get to know another new EMERGE Lakeland member.  She's creative and loves the beach!  Read below to learn more about her!

    Q. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from? 

    A. I was born in New Jersey, lived in Maryland for a few years, ended up in Long Island, New York, before I came to Lakeland. I call Shoreham, NY, my hometown since that's where I've lived the longest.

    Q. What do you do? 

    A. I'm an Associate Producer at Indie Atlantic Films. 

    Q. What do you like most about your job/profession? 

    A. I absolutely love what I do! I think what I enjoy the most about working at Indie Atlantic Films is that I'm surrounded by an amazing, talented team of passionate creatives/storytellers. I've learned so much from all of them these past few years and each of them has helped me grow in the film industry. Also, I love getting to know our clients and hear their story. It's so rewarding to create a film that shares their experiences.

    Q. What are some of your hobbies? 

    A. My all time favorite thing to do is go to the beach. If I'm not there, I'm usually designing, photographing, writing, or reading. Anything that's creative and/or challenging is pretty much my hobby.

    Q. What’s your involvement in the community? 

    A. Around our community, I've been volunteering my photography and design services to some local non-profit organizations, and creating designs for local businesses and friends. I also recently joined the Marketing Committee for EMERGE. I'm hoping to get more involved in our community.

    Q. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going? 

    A. Anything really, I love meeting new people! If I had to pick specific topics, obviously anything that has to do with film/TV (Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Saturday Night Live, to name a few), coffee, or music.

    Q. What do you like most about Lakeland? 
    A. Hands down, I love the people here. They work hard, and want to see others in our community succeed.
    Q. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland? 

    A. I joined EMERGE Lakeland primarily to network and meet new people, as well as become more involved in the community.

    Q. Anything else you want to add? 

    A. I'm looking forward to what's in store for this upcoming year. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!


  • 10/09/2017 2:27 PM | Jessica Lawson

    Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success. EMERGE Lakeland members now have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a local child through this mentoring program that requires as little as one hour a week.

    We are joining forces with United Way of Central Florida's Young Leaders Society and the Student United Way from Lakeland Polk State Collegiate High School to provide at least 10 mentors for a two-year minimum commitment to Oscar J Pope Elementary students. The program actually has a need for 29 mentors, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to join you!

    The first step is attending an upcoming Big Orientation and Training Session (no RSVP required):
    If you have any questions or would like to see more training date in November, please contact Angie Pattison at AngieP@BBBSTampaBay.org or (863) 220-1116. Once you complete the mandatory training, background check, and fingerprinting (provided by BBBS), you will be matched with a student (typically a third or fourth grader). To learn more about BBBS, please visit BBBSTampaBay.org.
    http://BBBSTampaBay.org
  • 10/05/2017 3:39 PM | Jessica Lawson

    Time to get to know another new EMERGE Lakeland member! You'll never believe all the places Andrew has lived! Read below to learn more about him.

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A: I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I have lived in Las Vegas, Miami, Thailand, Hungary, and Malta before moving to the area. I did a lot of regional traveling in each area as well.

    Q: What do you do?
    A: I launched a Real Estate Private Equity Fund last year which I work actively on to both raise capital and find sufficient investment opportunities to deploy the capital raised. We raised 200K at launch and are currently up to almost 900K in capital raised in under 1 year.

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: It's challenging!

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: I was a professional poker player for 9 years and still sometimes play for fun, including a recent 4th place right here in Florida. I enjoy most forms of competition.

    Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
    A: My involvement is mostly business related through both counsel of friends/acquaintances, and the employment of others.

    Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    A: They should ask me about how alternative investments work (but disclaimer Andrew is not a registered investment advisor and does not hold himself out to be one) and how they can compliment various portfolio strategies. Alternatives are pretty misunderstood and most of the advice out there is pretty poor.

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
    A: It's a very dynamic city making most real estate decision quite tricky and speculative, but thats okay, I enjoy puzzles!

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    A: I want to be better at networking.

  • 09/17/2017 1:36 PM | Jessica Lawson

    EMERGE Lakeland is all about networking and connecting with your peers, that's why each month we like to spotlight a new member. This month we're highlighting Josh Breed. Be sure to introduce yourself next time you see this California native at an EMERGE event!

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from? 
    A: I moved to Lakeland when I got married. I'm originally from San Jose, CA

    Q: What do you do? 
    A: I work at Southeastern University as the Student Financial Services Counselor for our online and graduate programs. 

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: I like the advising and counseling portion of my job. I like helping students get through one of the most stressful parts of going to college: finances. 

    Q: What are some of your hobbies? 
    A: I like cooking, traveling and running.

    Q: What’s your involvement in the  community? 
    A: I am eager to get to know and get involved in the community that I have grown to love and call home.

    Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    A: Traveling, grad school (I'm finishing up my MBA degree in December!)

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
    A: I love how Lakeland has the resources of a big city, while keeping the small town charm. I also love the pride people have in the city. 

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland? 
    A: To expand my network of young professionals and to get to know the community through its business leaders.

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