Community Bank of Florida is proud to announce that EMERGE Lakeland has appointed Karen Houtz as their new Chairperson. Ms. Houtz has been part of the Community Bank family for five years, working as a Commercial Relationship Officer to fulfill the needs of local business owners. She has extensive banking experience, with over 16 years in the industry.
Karen is a third generation Lakeland native. In her free time, she enjoys helping rescued animals find adoptive families and serves as a board member of the local SPCA. She is also very active in local organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, Leadership Lakeland Class XXVIII, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, where she is a Chamber Champion. Karen is looking forward to her new position in the EMERGE organization, stating, “I am honored to serve as Chairperson. My goal is to continue the work of EMERGE- uniting young professionals across Polk County.”
About Emerge: EMERGE Lakeland is a meaningful organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-42. EMERGE’s mission is to create a venue for members to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically aware, philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and quality of life in Lakeland. They are the result of a partnership of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Central Florida that began in 2003.