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Farm Credit of Central Florida Seeking Credit Analyst
posted 06.20.14
Leadership Polk Program Coordinator Position Available
posted 06.17.14
Openings at Southern Homes
posted 06.10.14

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Farm Credit of Central Florida Seeking Credit Analyst - June 20, 2014

Farm Credit of Central Florida is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong analytical skills to join its loan underwriting group in Lakeland, Florida. Our institution is a well established agricultural lender with a diversified portfolio serving a 13 county area of Central Florida. Successful candidate will be responsible for conducting credit analysis and investigation, determining appropriate loan structures, and presenting loan recommendations in writing for the institution’s commercial and corporate lines of business. This individual will also be responsible for assisting relationship managers with assessing risk and performing account monitoring on assigned loan portfolios.

Requires a Bachelors degree in finance, accounting or economics; MBA is a plus. 1-3 years experience as a credit analyst is preferred. Solid understanding of GAAP accounting and cash flow analysis required. The successful candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Must work effectively in a team environment with relationship managers, legal support staff and management. Grade and salary based on background and experience. For consideration, please mail your resume to Dawn Tuten, Manager of Human Resources, Farm Credit of Central Florida, P.O. Box 8009, Lakeland, FL 33802 – or by email, to

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Leadership Polk Program Coordinator Position Available - June 17, 2014

Polk Vision, Inc. is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented individual to replace our departing Leadership Polk Program Coordinator, April Mucci. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Sara Roberts, Polk Vision Executive Director, at The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Please see the job description below for important information related to this position.

Position: Program Coordinator, Leadership Polk

Reports To: Executive Director, Polk Vision


The Leadership Polk Program Coordinator is a part-time position serving as coordinator of the Leadership Polk program and alumni committee. Additionally, the program coordinator will be responsible for maintaining the leadership program database and other duties as assigned.

Representative sample of duties:
• Coordination of committee members, speakers and participants of program day sessions

• Preparation of materials needed to successfully produce day sessions

• Assisting committee members in securing venues, catering and other logistics needed for day sessions

• Production and placement of pres releases related to leadership program and other opportunities for promotion

• Maintenance of the leadership program and alumni databases

• Responsible for all office operations including telephone, fax and email communications as well as maintaining the program’s master calendar


Required education, experience and skils include:

• Ability to work effectively with volunteers to accomplish goals

• Excellent organization, coordination, initiative, prioritization and multitasking skills

• Ability to work independently

• Thorough knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

• Experience in special event planing

• Outstanding interpersonal skills

• Ability to lead and facilitate groups

• Well developed verbal, written and presentation skills

• Budget management skills

• Bachelor’s degree required

• Leadership Program graduate prefered

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Openings at Southern Homes - June 10, 2014

Southern Homes is looking for new sales representatives to work in their model centers throughout Polk County. They have been experiencing lots of growth and are looking to hire 4-5 new sales representatives as soon as possible. Please send any questions and/or resumes w/ cover sheets to Kaitlin Patrick, Sales Manager, at

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Donate Items for Peace River Center at April Event - February 21, 2014

At our April event, we are partnering with Two Men and a Truck for their "Movers for Moms" initiative. We are asking EMERGE Members and event attendees to donate items that can be used by Two Men and a Truck's chosen charity, Peace River Center, to help moms who are in life transitions. Below is a list of the items that Peace River Center needs:

• Children’s jackets (boys and girls- all sizes)
• Blankets
• Towels
• Twin size sheet and standard pillowcases
• Diapers size 4/5/6
• Baby Wipes
• Umbrella strollers
• Washcloths
• Women and children underwear
• Women and children socks
• Gas cards
• Daily Planners 2013
• Mesh bag to carry stuff
• Reusable water bottles
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Body Wash
• Journal
• Make-up
• Sippy cups
• Baby bottles
• Cooking Utensils
• Pots and Pans
• Industrial Toaster
• Blender
• Bowls (that do not break)
• Silverware
• Night gown/pajamas (all sizes)
• Umbrellas
• Outside toys
• Basketball hoop
• Hairbrushes
• Tampons
• Pads
• House slippers
• Hairspray
• Curling irons
• Blow dryer
• Pantyhose

Ethnic hair supplies:
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Hair gel
• Grease
• Pink moisture
• Oil sheen
• Wide tooth combs
• Silk/head scarves or bonnets

Thank you! More information and the RSVP link for the April event can be found in the Events section of our website. We look forward to seeing you there!

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City of Lakeland Community Values Survey - January 30, 2014

The City of Lakeland is seeking input from citizens on City services and programs. Your feedback will become part of the Strategic Planning Workshops with City of Lakeland officials and Commissioners. Survey Dates: January 23, 2014 – February 24, 2014.

Go to to complete the survey and let the City know what you value!

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Leadership Development Opportunity - January 7, 2014

Here's your opportunity to learn about pertinent topics in leadership.

The FLORIDA LEADERSHIP Forum will take place on February 1, 8:30am - 5:30pm, at Victory Church (1401 Griffin Rd. Lakeland, FL 33810).

According to the flyer, this is not your typical leadership forum, and will include topics such as:

• The Power of Change
• How to Dominate in Your Field
• Telescoping Generations
• Successful Online Sales Techniques
• 15 Questions to Great Relationships
• The Disciplines of Leadership
• The Publix Model
• Leads Generation Formula
• How to Build a Million Dollar Business
• Organizational Optimism

Featured speakers include: J. Lenora Bresler, Justin Fennel, Jenny Craig, Ron Kline, Mindy Sylvester, Paula Dockery, Sherrin Smyers, Alison Midili Smith, Jack Levine, and many others.

For more information or to register online, go to

Sponsored by Florida Kiwanis in partnership with Mid-Florida SHRM and the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
For more information or to register on line go to

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Membership Spotlight: Chadwick Bearden - December 9, 2013

Name: Chadwick Glenn Bearden
Age (optional): 32
Member Since: 2013ish
Personal Motto: Nothin, what a motto with you?
High fives or fist bumps? Slap Hands
Hometown: Brooksville, FL (AKA Brooksvegas)
Profession/Current Position: Systems Administrator /IT
What did you have for dinner last night? Taco Tuesday @ Flats
Why did you join Emerge? My beautiful fiancé told me to.
Best present ever received: My first bicycle
Would you take $20 or what's in the box? A bird in hand
Theater or Theatre? Theatre. It’s fancy.
Favorite place to eat in Lakeland: Texas Cattle Company
Favorite thing to do in Lakeland: Enjoying the great company of its inhabitants.
Favorite superhero: Doctor Manhattan
Mac or PC: Mac of course
Passions/Hobbies: Cooking/ BBQ and then eating it.
Goal for the year: Visit Italy - Un bicchiere di vino, per favore.
Early riser or night owl. Early riser. I need better blinds.
Favorite ice cream topping: Brownies

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Job Announcement: Lakeland Vision Executive Director - October 22, 2013


Lakeland Vision, Inc. is seeking an executive director to manage the daily
operations of the 501(c)(3) community development organization. The executive director works with a volunteer board of directors and leads an organization established to implement the community’s vision for its future. This is a flexible part-time position that requires occasional early morning and evening activities.

Responsibilities include:

• Working with diverse volunteer board members, committee members and community stakeholders to pursue shared goals.

• Strategic thinking and initiative to identify and build bridges and relationships with various agencies, partners and stakeholders to drive the Vision.

• Participation in forums, advisory committees and think tanks related to the Vision goals and strategies.

• Project management to schedule, monitor and evaluate projects.

• Developing presentations and updating Board, City Commission, or other partners on accomplishments.

• Thoughtful and strategic management of various media tools, such as organization’s website, social media networks and a monthly radio program.

• Supporting funding goals, including seeking out and writing grants for specific Vision strategies.

• Scheduling, coordinating, and executing meetings and events, including preparing agendas, arranging materials, supporting volunteers, etc.

• Office management, including accounts payable, equipment maintenance, filing, and database maintenance, as well as knowledge of 501C3 regulations and Florida Sunshine Law


• Excellent writing skills to compose press releases, formal business communications, informal daily communications and creative online media content.

• Project management skills.

• Sound judgment and discretion in dealing with politically sensitive issues or requests.

• Self-motivated and able to work independently.

• Ability to develop relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the community.

• Capable of facilitating mutually beneficial dialogue.

• Experience successfully engaging and motivating volunteers to work toward an identified goal.

• Experience working with a volunteer board.

• Basic bookkeeping management.

• Understanding of database maintenance.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:


Lakeland Vision
P.O. Box 1582 Lakeland, FL 33802
Position open until filled. Preferred start date: November 1, 2013

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