Economic Partners

The City of Lake Wales and the Chamber forged a partnership in 2013 to expand and enhance economic development activities designed to bring new industry and jobs to the area.  The City cut its internal program and contracted with the Chamber for economic development services, particularly marketing the area to attract new business.

The Chamber hired Jim Bell in June 2013 to serve as the first Executive Director of both the Chamber and Economic Development Council. He was charged with expanding support and getting the new program off the ground.   

To expand community input and involvement in the business recruitment process, the Chamber invited business leaders to become Economic Partners. Those who invest at least $2,500 per year become Partners and have a seat on the Economic Development Council Board.   If you are interested in helping advance the Chamber's economic development mission, please contact the Chamber office at (863) 676-3445.

2022 Economic Development Council

Skip Alford

Derrick Epley - alternate
GrowHealthy Holdings, LLC


Michelle Hurst
Bill Jacobs - alternate
Bunting, Tripp & Ingley

Kristie Reed
SouthState Bank

John Motis
Todd Motis - alternate
Chemical Containers, Inc.

Greg Littleton
Brian W. Marbutt - alternate
Citizens Bank & Trust

Mark Bennett, Planning Director
James Slaton, City Manager
Jack Hilligoss, Mayor
City of Lake Wales

Marc Hoenstine
Duke Energy

Scott Smith
Florida's Natural Growers

Ellis Hunt, Jr.
Hunt Bros., Inc.

Skip Alford
Lake Wales Chamber & EDC

Elizabeth Tyler
Marie Cherrington - alternate
Lake Wales Charter Schools, Inc.

Pat Cain
Ryan Buskirk - alternate
Pat Cain Wealth Solutions / Raymond James

David Fisher
Shelton Rice
Peterson & Myers, PA

Bill Beasley
Rick Wilson - alternate
Polk County BOCC

Andy Oguntola
Polk State College

Emily Pavlik
AtlanticBlue Capital, LLC

Robert DuBois

Rebekah Hurd

Karen Thompson
Lake Wales Main Street

Robbie Shields
Larry Bossarte
Retired Partners