The Polk Emerging Leaders Awards annually recognizes five young professionals from across Polk County making significant contributions and commitment to our community. In its 11th year, the awards are once again hosted by the three young professional groups in Polk County, celebrating collaboration across city borders.
2021: Andy Oguntola, Polk State College Brian Yates, Citizens Bank & Trust and Winter Haven City Commission Lauren Jensen, Sessums Law Group Michelle Henne, Releve Sports Medicine Sara Beth Wyatt, Polk County Public Schools and the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
2020: Due to COVID-10 no awards were given.
2019: Kathryn Bevilacqua-Ely, Publix Lauren Donalson, Peterson and Myers Eric Pospichal, Winningham and Pospichal Sarah Breed, Lakeland Chamber of Commerce Callie Miller, LifeShare Management Group
2018: MJ Carnevale, City of Winter Haven Suzanne Halverson, Polk State College Ashley Troutman, Northwestern Mutual Chrissanne Long, Maximize Digital Media Jillian Spangler, Peterson & Myers
2017: Derek Oxford, CPS Investment Advisors Merissa Green, Polk County School Board Chad Tagtow, Citizens Bank & Trust Ronald Shell, Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club Alice Koehler, Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
2016: Greta Dupuy, Publix Super Markets Andy McEntire, Indie Atlantic Films/Concord Coffee Tiffani Gozdur, Citizens Bank & Trust Clint Edwards, Bartow Chamber of Commerce Billie Hutto, P & J Recreation
2015: John Bohde, Polk County Government - Land Development Office Allison Beeman, Cemex Mandy Fulton, Salvation Army Jason Rodda, Rodda Construction
2014: William Link, Reed, Mawhinney & Link Ashley Link, Southern Homes Stephanie Colon, Citizens Bank & Trust Craig Clevenger, Polk County Public Schools Chuck Thornton, Citizens Bank & Trust
2013: Tim Darby, Darby Law Group Jennifer Jonsson, ACT Environmental & Infrastructure Josh Lewis, Morgan Stanley Winter Haven Jeff Donalson, Tom Wolfe Co Janis Jones, Keep Winter Haven Clean & Beautiful
2012: (There was a tie- hence 6) Kemp Brinson, The Brinson Firm Christina Criser, United Way of Central Florida Jeff Kincart, ACT Environmental & Infrastructure Stacie Rine, Pilot Bank James Sidou, Saddle Creek Logistics Jennifer Hall, SEMCO
2011: Deric Feacher, City of Haines City Lauren Schwenk, Oakely Rhinhart Cassidy Tresa Warner, Lake Region High School IMAG Academy Todd Baylis, QGive Brandon May, CFO Bartow Regional Medical Center