CBF is proud to celebrate Karen Houtz’s 5th Anniversary! Ms. Houtz is currently a Commercial Relationship Officer at the Lakeland Financial Center. She manages the commercial loan portfolio and is responsible for the origination of all commercial loans in Polk County.
Karen is a seasoned banker, with over 16 years of financial services experience. She is also a third generation Lakeland native. In her free time, Karen 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, and she is the Incoming Vice-Chair of EMERGE Lakeland. Karen expressed, “Lakeland is a wonderful place to grow up and call home. There are so many opportunities here and being involved in civic organizations allows me to meet many business owners. My goal is to help them expand and succeed!”
If you live in the South Dade area, you've probably met Moe Hakssa. He gives his time to volunteer for many organizations and it was our pleasure to feature him in our latest testimonial. We asked him to tell us more about his history:
“In 1981, I started my own business, Lumo Printing. I operated as a one-man show in a small office of a large building. Things went so well I expanded into the sign business in ‘95. As time went on, I realized my customers needed a place they could go to for all their promotional needs. That is when I decided to add t-shirts and embroidery to my business line. My goal has been to do all the work in-house, so that my customers get the fastest turn around possible. Most recently I’ve added trophies, awards and engraving. It’s been 30 years and I’m in the same location, except that my business has grown so much I now have a staff of nine.
Forty-eight Golden Circle members and their guests recently traveled to New Orleans for 4 days and nights of fun and adventure. Traveling by motor coach, their first stop was Pensacola for an afternoon touring the world’s largest Navel Aviation museum. The vision of Magruder H. Tuttle, a Navy captain and Chief of Staff to the Commander, the museum’s grand opening took place in 1963 with just 8,500 square feet for display. Today, the museum has grown to an impressive 291,000 square feet, which includes an IMAX theater and dining café.
Next it was on to New Orleans where they stayed at the Ambassador Hotel located in the Arts and Warehouse district of New Orleans. Just a few blocks from the French Quarter, the historic hotel was once a coffee warehouse.
During their stay, Golden Circle members also enjoyed a relaxing ride down the Mississippi River on the SS Natchez Steamboat, a guided bus tour of New Orleans, free time in the French Quarter, Harrah’s Casino, a trip to the National WWII Museum, and a tour of the Historic Destrehan Plantation.
John Sanchez, vice president and general manager of Blaylock Oil Company, has been nominated by Governor Rick Scott to fill a commercial seat on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Mr. Sanchez has been an avid recreational fisherman for over 33 years and previously served on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from 1997 to 2000. He has been the director of the Shell Key West Challenge Fishing Tournament since 1999 and was the executive director of Monroe County Commercial Fishermen from 1993-1998. He also serves as a member of Community Bank of Florida’s Executive Advisory Council.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans designed to manage fishery resources from where state waters end, out to the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico. For further information, visit www.gulfcouncil.org.
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