Sponsor Spotlight: Wall Titus

How did the business get started? A brief history of your organization in Lakeland/Polk county
Wall Titus, LLC opened in 1986 as an accounting and financial services firm in Lakeland. Lee Wall is the founding partner of Wall Titus and holds designations as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) as well as an Investment Advisor. In 1999, Lee was joined by another CPA Robert Titus, who merged his thriving accounting practice with Wall Titus. The firm went through a name change in 2013 and added two new partners in 2017 – Alicia James, CPA, and Ira Anderson, CPA. These four partners, working alongside a highly qualified team of accountants, investment advisors, business development experts and client support staff, help their clients identify and respond to a wide range of business and financial challenges.

What do you do?
Wall Titus is focused on providing excellence in accounting and tax preparation/planning, as well as business financial services such as auditing, business consulting, payroll and succession planning. In addition, Wall Titus has earned an outstanding reputation for their role in wealth management services to include financial, retirement and estate planning, investment management and asset allocation strategies.

What would you like EMERGE members to know about you?
We’re proud to be a locally-based company with deep roots right here in Lakeland. All four of our firm’s partners are graduates of Florida Southern College, and we enjoy living AND working in our vibrant community. Prior to joining Wall Titus, each partner spent time with regional and national accounting firms, gaining exposure to clients from a wide range of industries. They bring this distinct knowledge and expertise with them as they work hard to find innovative solutions for their clients’ financial needs.  Additionally, Wall Titus team members believe in giving back, so they volunteer with numerous local non-profit organizations and are active in our community.

What is your mission statement?
Wall Titus is dedicated to working in our clients’ best interests. We recognize that everything we do has a direct and lasting impact on our clients’ financial situation. Whether it’s individual taxes and accounting, small business services or wealth management and investments, we provide our clients with four pillars of excellence: credibility, confidentiality, quality service and objectivity.

For more information visit www.WallTitus.com

Sponsor Spotlight: Federal Bar

How did the business get started? A brief history of your organization in Lakeland/Polk County:
Federal Bar a bar/restaurant located in downtown Lakeland at 124 S Tennessee Ave. It offers a full lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menu along with a full prohibition style cocktail menu. The building was originally used as the Federal Building in downtown Lakeland. It served as Lakeland's first post office, housed the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Revenue. It has even been rumored that the CIA also was housed there at one point! In 1995, the Federal Government was going to demolish the building and the City of Lakeland wanted to salvage it. Twenty years later, renovations started so iy could be saved! The original brick and wood beam ceilings are still in great condition and add character to the building and that theme is used throughout. The space serves as a full restaurant and bar and even has an event space that is can be rented for private parties and events.

The ribbon cutting and official grand opening is scheduled with the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lakeland for Tuesday, July 10 at 4:30pm

What do you do? 
Federal Bar is just getting started with what it will offer it's customers and Downtown Lakeland. The location currently has live music on the weekends, brunch on Sundays, and Taco Tuesday just to start!

What would you like EMERGE members to know about you? We are very excited to be open and are focusing on providing great food, cocktails, and a great atmosphere for Lakeland residents to attend. Also Federal Bar Lakeland is kid friendly! 

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Sponsor Spotlight: Saddle Creek Logistics Services

How did the business get started? A brief history of your organization in Lakeland/Polk County
Saddle Creek was founded in 1966 by David Lyons. He noticed a need for warehouse space in the community and bought a small building on Ralph Road.  What began as a 12,000 square foot public warehouse with two employees is now just shy of 4 million square feet in Polk County alone. Now with almost 1,000 full-time associates here managing those warehouses and driving the trucks. While Lakeland is our home, our reach stretches across the country.  We manage an additional 14+ million sq. ft. and 2,300 full time associates outside of Polk. 

What do you do?
Saddle Creek is an integrated 3rd party logistics provider specializing in omnichannel fulfillment.  We provide warehousing, trucking, packaging, and fulfillment services to multiple industries.  If you’ve had a bottle of Gatorade, a Corona, or received a bright pink ipsy bag, it’s come through our warehouse.

What would you like EMERGE members to know about you?
Saddle Creek is growing rapidly.  We’re adding at least 5 new locations this year across the country, and this year will mark 52 consecutive years of revenue growth.   We’re proud to have been founded in Lakeland and we are committed to spending another 52 years in this community.

What is your mission statement?
At Saddle Creek Logistics Services, we pride ourselves on delivering comprehensive integrated logistics solutions Whatever It Takes!

For further information contact: Meg Thornton: meg.thornton@sclogistics.com

Or visit: https://www.sclogistics.com/

Sponsor Spotlight: Citizens Bank and Trust

Founded in 1920 by Latt Maxcy and a group of local businessmen, Citizens Bank & Trust has remained a family-owned bank from the very beginning. John Maxcy, Latt’s brother, managed CB&T for nearly five decades. Today, Latt’s grandchildren continue the family tradition of careful decision making to carry the bank securely into the future.

For the first 78 years, Citizens Bank & Trust helped grow and develop the area around Frostproof, Florida. The original Frostproof office is still in use and remains a proud part of downtown Frostproof to this day. You can even drop by and see the first safe used for deposits over 90 years ago!

Citizens Bank & Trust is Polk County’s true community bank having grown from their first office in Frostproof to thirteen locations countywide; serving the communities of Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Lakeland, Lake Wales and Winter Haven.

Stability, commitment and community focus are a few of the reasons Citizens Bank & Trust has thrived for over 90 years.

We are Citizens Bank & Trust. We are proud to be your bank!

What do you do? 
Citizens Bank & Trust is a full service community bank that also offers private banking, trust and investment services. 

What would you like EMERGE members to know about you?
We are a community bank, in our third generation of family ownership, with a long-standing history of looking out for our customer’s future. Local bankers here for you, your family, and your business. At Citizens Bank & Trust, we offer you the personalized service you need, with the hometown-banking feel you deserve.

Whether Consumer or Commercial Loans, Deposits, Trust or Investments, or Internet Banking, we offer financial products and services tailored to fit your lifestyle.

We invite you to bank with people who treat you like family, consider you and your financial needs their number one priority, and most of all, provide loyalty and commitment to the community.

Citizens' mission statement

 “To provide the highest quality financial services to our communities and to promote economic growth and stability within the communities we serve, while earning the highest possible return.”

Visit www.citizens-bank.com for more information.

Sponsor Spotlight: CPS Investment Advisors

CPS Investment Advisors is a full-service, fee-only, independent financial advisory firm started in 1975 by Chas P. Smith. Our mission is to help our clients plan for the future and achieve financial independence. As a Registered Investment Advisory Firm, we are held to the highest fiduciary standard by law. As a Fiduciary, CPS always acts in your best interest. You always come first.

Our services include Long-Term Wealth Accumulation Planning, Money Management, Retirement Planning, Accounting & Tax Expertise.

 We have many young professionals at CPS who are involved with EMERGE Lakeland, including advisors, Derek M. Oxford, CFP® and Nolen Bailey, CFP®, CRPS®, ARPC.  These advisors focus on helping other young professionals learn how to begin saving for retirement. The best time to start saving is when you’re young! We believe in paying yourself first and living below your means, which embraces setting aside money specifically for retirement before any other expenses.

Our Website is www.cpsinvest.com. We also have a FB and Twitter page.

Sherrie Morgan is the Marketing Director and can be reached via email sherrie@cpsinvest.com. Anyone can call our main office at 863-688-1725 and schedule a consultation with one of our financial advisors.

How did the business get started? I started Mohawk Brand Agency because graphic design is my passion. I've been doing graphic design my entire life, I got an art degree in graphic design, and I've been passionate about art and design for as long as I can remember. I wanted to create a company that could really help other businesses and organizations grow to their full potential, through innovative graphic design, marketing and advertising.  

I moved to Lakeland 7 years ago and immediately fell in love with this town. Lakeland has a very small town type of feel that I love, even with 100k+ people living here. I knew this would be a perfect place to start a company. Also, the business community here is absolutely amazing.  

What do you do? We specialize in branding, graphic design, printing and promotional items. We design logos, develop the look and feel of a brand, re-brand, we also design and print just about anything a company could ever want: printed ads, online ads, brochures, stationery, billboards, mailers, shirts, hats, pens, glassware, lanyards, umbrellas, the list goes on and on.

What would you like EMERGE members to know about you? Branding and Graphic Design is our passion. Nothing makes us happier than making our client's vision come to life.

Mission Statement: Going beyond the brand, by presenting a company in the best light possible through innovative design. Logos, printed pieces, ads, promotional items, we do it all.

To contact Austin Beyke at MOHAWK go to:  www.mohawkbranding.com

Sponsor Spotlight:  Heacock Insurance

Heacock Insurance Group was founded in Sebring in 1922 by Austin Heacock to service the insurance needs of the citizens of the newly formed community. Through the years, Heacock Insurance grew in the Highlands County area and was managed and owned by succeeding generations. In the early 80s, Ford Heacock III moved to Lakeland to expand the agency’s geographic footprint. Currently, the agency is in its fifth generation of ownership and continuing to grow.

We offer a full range of Personal, Life and Business insurance products from many different company partners. We also provide Payroll Service through our sister company Heacock Payroll. This gives us the ability to find the best insurance solutions for our clients and customize coverages to suite their individual needs. Our daily mission is to provide exceptional client service; be a strong partner in the communities we live; serve with integrity and innovation; recruit, retain and develop our employees; commit to continuous improvement; and seek like-minded insurance partners.

For further questions you can contact fellow Emerge member, Steve Cole, at scole@heacock.com or call 863.683.2228. Or you can reach out to us via our website: www.heacock.comor on Facebook or LinkedIn

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