Friday Forum: State of the City/State of the County
We invite you to register for the Chamber’s Friday Forum: State of the City/State of the County, Featuring City of Lakeland Mayor, Bill Mutz & Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Todd Dantzler. Tickets (which include breakfast) are $15 for Members and $30 for Non-Members.
You won’t want to miss this great opportunity to hear from our community leaders! Join us on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 7:00-9:00 a.m. at Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites, 4141 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813. Registration, breakfast, and networking begins at 7:00 a.m., with the program beginning at 7:30 a.m.
The Friday Forum Breakfast Seminar Series features a “Power Panel” designed to educate our investors and our business community on relevant matters and offer practical insight into the questions affecting business today. Friday Forums provide a platform to learn, engage, and network with fellow investors. Topics include State of the City/State of the County, Diversity, Healthcare, Education, and Nonprofits.
Bill Mutz, City of Lakeland Mayor
H. William "Bill" Mutz was born in Indianapolis, IN, and graduated from Indiana University in 1976 with a BS in Finance and Marketing. He later moved to Lakeland, FL in 1996 where he became President of the Lakeland Automall. In 2012, Bill left the Lakeland Automall and took on the role of Managing Partner for both Greenstar Panels & Greenovative Homes. Then, in 2014, Bill became a Senior Consultant for Claridge Associates, where he remains today.
Mayor Mutz and his wife, Pam Gaiser Mutz, of Denver, CO, have been married for more than 40 years and are the parents of 12 children—seven boys and five girls: Cari, Jonathan, Jacob, Lori, Ozzie, Kelli, Michael, Eric, Mark, Kirsti, Stephen & Emma—ranging in age from 39 to 18 years old! Bill and Pam are also Grandparents of 19 grandchildren.
Bill & Pam speak nationally for FamilyLife WTR Marriage Conferences and have been members of the First Baptist Church of the Mall, Lakeland, for 20 years, where they have taught Sunday School and Bill has served as Executive Committee Co-Chair & Personnel Committee Chairman. Bill is also a founding member of Grace City Church, Lakeland, FL, and serves on Church Council.
Bill has also served on the following boards:
- Chairman - Florida Family Policy Council
- Past Chairman - Lakeland Regional Health
- Trustee & Executive Committee - Southeastern University
- Past President - VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly)
- Past Chairman - Lakeland Economic Development Council
- Past Chairman - LEDC High Skills-High Wage Council
- Past President - Salvation Army
- Past Chairman - City of Lakeland Mid-Town Commercial Redevelopment Advisory Council
- Past President - Central Florida Speech & Hearing Clinic
- Past Class Chair - Leadership Lakeland
- Past Chairman - BusinessVoice
- Capital Campaign Chairman & Board Member - Lakeland Christian School
- Past Chairman - Lakeland Institute for Learning (an ESE Charter School).
Commissioner Todd Dantzler was elected to the County Commission in 2010 and re-elected to a second term in 2014. He has worked to provide strong, effective leadership to the residents of Polk as well as the management team and staff of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. His time in office is highlighted by efforts to drive economic development, increase public involvement and create a more efficient government. He held leadership positions of Board Chair in 2013-2014, Vice-Chair in 2012-2013, and presently serves as Chair.
He is a strong advocate of economic development and is heavily involved in the Central Florida Development Council, Inc. He is an experienced realtor and a managing partner of Real Estate Central Group, LLC and also of CBC Saunders Ralston Dantzler Real Estate. Commissioner Dantzler is a member of the National Association of Realtors and serves on the Winter Haven Hospital Board of Trustees.
- Born in Winter Haven, FL
- Resides in Winter Haven, FL
- Two children
- University of Florida, B.S. Business Administration