RECAP: Tropics CEO Andrew Haines nominated for Polk

by Andrew Haines

Lakeland, FL – The annual Polk Emerging Leaders Award Ceremony was held yesterday at the Bartow Civic Center. Tropics CEO and Owner Andrew Haines received a nomination for the award after being in the community for less then a year. Haines now serves on two non-profit boards, Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity, and has participated in over 30 community events since the Tropics were announced.

“It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award. Each and every one of the nominees is a leader within the community, and to be viewed among one of them is truly an honor. It is my goal to give everything I can back to this community. I am very thankful to be considered for this award, and look forward to what our organization can accomplish in continuing to build the sense of community throughout Polk County”.

Amongst Haines were 15 other nominees from companies across the county, all of which have proven to be leaders amongst their business and community. The full list of nominees included the following:

Amy Palmer – City of Auburndale

Andrew Haines – Florida Tropic SC & Central Florida Sports Ventures

Andy McEntire – Indie Atlantic Films

Betsy Cleveland – Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce

Brandie Gogel – Polk County School Board

Billie Hutto – P & J’s Recreation

Cari Herrington – All About Aging, LLC

Chad Tagtow – Citizens Bank & Trust

Clifford Parody – Journalist

Clint Edwards – Tom Edwards Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Danielle Baker – GEICO Insurance

Derek Oxford – CPS Investment Advisors

Erica Lupercio – Posto 9

Greta Dupuy – Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Hollie Hill – Perfect Form Wellness

Jorge Giraldo – Senior Helpers

Jude Dauphin – Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center

Kara Simm – MAXHome Inspections

Kathryn Bevilacqua – Madden Brand Agency

Kristen Hathcock – Denison Middle School

Lyndsey Ladewig – Gadd Case & Associates

Merissa Green – City of Auburndale

Michael Ehlenbeck – CPS Investment Advisors

Ronald Shell – Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club

Sarah Petty – Grace Manor Suites of Lakeland

Sarah Powers – Top Buttons, Inc.

Sha’Kia Young – Data B.I.T.S LLC

Stacy Walsh – YMCA of West Central Florida

Stuart McCutcheon – Haines City Fire Department

Tiffani Gozdur – Citizens Bank & Trust

Congratulations to the award nominees and recipients!

About Florida Tropics SC: Florida Tropics SC is a professional indoor soccer team that will begin play in November of 2016 at the Lakeland Center. The team will play at the highest level of professional indoor soccer in North America. To stay up to date on team information, player signings and special offers, “Like” the teams Facebook page ( For more information or to purchase tickets, call 863-333-5353 or visit