We conceived, planned, wrote, edited, photographed, designed and delivered Lake Business Magazine, but the heart of this publication is a group of astute, hard-working business leaders.
The thoughts, ideals, philosophies and tried-and-true practices come from an incredibly talented group of business leaders who make up our advisory board. Our magazine staff is just the conduit to get business people talking, sharing ideas, helping each other grow and improve.
Our first Advisory Board is a true think tank of talented and accomplished businessmen and businesswomen who are dedicated and knowledgeable. Click here to see a video that depicts the energy of our first meeting.
We sincerely thank our Advisory Board members for taking time out of their busy schedules to guide us.
Introducing the heart of Lake Business Magazine:
Lou Buigas is owner of B-Green Construction and Management, Hoity-Toity Mercantile and Green Art Gallery. She is also owner and managing partner of the Tavares WaterFront Entertainment District Group, a marketing company that formulates innovative ideas to reinvest funds back into the downtown waterfront.
Native Floridian Miranda Burrowes is Public Relations Coordinator for the City of Eustis. She earned her PR degree at the University of South Florida and began her career at the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. Next, she served as assistant director of development for the Foundation for Seminole State College.
Robert L. Chandler IV
As Director of Lake County’s Economic Growth Department, Robert oversees Planning & Community Design, Building Services, Economic Development and Tourism. Robert has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Davidson College, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Florida. Robert and his wife have two daughters.
Doug Childers is president and chief executive officer of Lassiter Ware Insurance, a company that has been in Lake County for more than 100 years. The Sumter County native has been with the company for nearly 10 years, and he took over as CEO two years ago. Childers has a bachelor’s degree in risk management/ insurance from Florida State University.
Classic Tents and Events owner and native Floridian Nan Cobb has lived in Lake County for 25+ years. She is member of multiple chambers of commerce and is second vice president of the Eustis Historical Museum. A florist by trade, her passion is turning an art into unique décor.
Lake County native Susan Ellis founded Hound Dogg Entertainment, a company that provides event planning, stage and lighting for concerts, and local and national musicians to local venues. Susan studied business marketing at Lake-Sumter State College. Hound Dogg has provided entertainment for street festivals, arts and crafts shows, and holiday events.
When it comes to success, Jessy Flinn has all the right ingredients. She serves as owner and executive chef of Gourmet Today, which opened in 2011. Gourmet Today is a full-service catering company that offers meal delivery, private chef services and cooking classes. Jessy’s passion in life is food, and she strives to uphold her company’s motto, “Rare service, Well done.”
Barbara Gaines, owner of Sense of Etiquette, holds certifications in corporate and children’s etiquette from the American School of Protocol in Atlanta. Sense of Etiquette assists individuals, groups, corporate, government and educational institutions to enhance the confidence of children, teens and adults to present a confident and courteous image.
Michelle Harris is the Community Service Representative of the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA), a special purpose government that acquires, owns, improves and operates water and wastewater utilities. Michelle brings 20 years of experience to the eight counties she serves. She earned a BS degree in Business Management from Liberty University.
Government Services Group, Inc., Community Service Representative of behalf of The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA)
Phone: (877) 657-8889 ext. 107
Website: www.fgua.com or www.WeServeGovernments.com
Lanny Husebo is president of Husebo Marketing. Founded in 1962, the agency is celebrating its 53rd year specializing in medical, financial, and industrial business through traditional and social media. Company highlights include coordinating the opening of LRMC, designing the first Lake County tourism campaign, and being part of the Vac-Tron team for over 20 years.
Ally and her husband Harry opened Azure Water in 2013 in Leesburg. She attended Webster University. The Stewarts and their company are active in community affairs and recently made a donation to CannedWater4Kids, a program that provides clean water for children in Africa. Azure Water relocated to Leesburg from Hudson.
Lake County native Carolyn Maimome is executive director of the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter. Carolyn studied Business Management and Information Technology at Lake Sumter State College. A turning point in her career occurred in 2006 when she was promoted to be large project manager for a large distribution company.
Kress Muenzmay is vice president and co-owner of Striking Effects Promotions, a 20-year-old company specializing in embroidery, engraving and promotional products. His business career spans 45+ years. He served as mayor and commissioner for the City of Eustis, and currently serves on the Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation board of directors.
Nancy Muenzmay is the presidents and co-owner of Striking Effects Promotions, a 20-year-old company specializing in embroidery, engraving and promotional products. She also currently is the Director of Incubator Programs Lake Sumter State College. Her work history includes roles such as elementary school teacher and senior financial analyst.
Mary Rhodes has helped people achieve home ownership since 1984, including 20 years with The Mortgage Firm, Inc. She opened the company’s Lake County branch in 2011. Mary finds financing for homebuyers through the Federal Housing Association, Veterans Affairs, USDA and jumbo mortgages. She also does refinancing and reverse mortgages.
Bryan Rudolph has 25+ years of broadcast television and video post-production experience. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bryan has served as a videographer/producer/director for several TV stations. He started his company, Video Doc Productions, in 1991. Today the company is a trusted audio-video and technology resource center.
Ray San Fratello
San Fratello has been the South Lake Chamber of Commerce president for 11+ years. The Clermont resident attended Erie County Technical Institute and Buffalo State University. Before coming to Florida, Ray served as president of the Genesee County (New York) Chamber of Commerce. He’s married with three children.
Mount Dora High School graduate Joe Shipes worked in retail management and sales marketing before earning his real estate broker’s license. In 1995, he became chief executive officer of The Leesburg Partnership, where he spearheads improvement projects and organizes events. Joe lives in Umatilla with his wife and two children.
Daniel D. Whitehouse
Daniel D. Whitehouse entered the legal profession after years managing Information Technology (IT) infrastructures for large companies. Whitehouse holds degrees from Webster University and Stetson University College of Law. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Lake County Bar Association.