Angela Pulido of Lilly, O’Toole and Brown, accepted the gavel as incoming 2014 president of the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce during the holiday luncheon and annual meeting Friday in the Lake Wales Country Club.
“Now this is the time I have been waiting for, to turn the gavel over to the new chamber president Angela Pulido,” said Brian Marbutt, 2013 president of the Lake Wales Chamber as he relinquished his position to the new president.
“Brian has set the bar very, very high and I hope to be able to fill his shoes,” said Pulido.
“We thank him a lot.”
Pulido presented Marbutt with a gavel plaque citing his year as president. Angela Marbutt, his wife, was presented a bouquet of flowers for her “support of the hours Brian (Marbutt) was away from home and doing work for the chamber,” Pulido said.
Citing that it truly is a pleasure to serve the chamber as president, Pulido gave an acceptance speech filled with appreciation of the Lake Wales community and shared her goals.
“We have turned a new page in the book and a new chapter that is yet to be written,” Pulido said. “Your partners including the state of Florida, Lake Wales businesses, city and citizens, will write the chapter.
“We must define, support, advocate and promote our crown jewel. The Economic Development Council (EDC) members and partners must encourage recruitment and be prepared to provide required improvements. We must promote the EDC and the chamber through being ambassadors and engaging members and devices to present a positive city to the outside world.”
Pulido reminded members of their obligation to keep the history as a good story and give themselves a pat on the back for all the positives of the city. She wants to see unrelenting efforts to promote Lake Wales.
“We have to let the world know all the good things in Lake Wales,” Pulido said.
Her final goal is to “grow our foundation and a strong quality of life for Lake Wales. I challenge you to help me and become 2014 champions for the city of Lake Wales.”
Marbutt thanked his board of directors and named the new board and officers for the 2014 year. Jim Bell, new executive director of the chamber and the EDC, was recognized, as were past chamber presidents with each sharing a few words of encouragement to Pulido.
Tracey Thompson of MidFlorida Credit Union, chair of membership development for the 2013 chamber board, was presented a plaque and honored for her work. David Fisher of Peterson & Myers, P.A., and Pulibo were each presented a President’s Circle Award for work performed under Marbutt for 2013.
The McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy guitar ensemble, under the direction of David Fisher, provided the Christmas musical entertainment.