Leadership

Board of Directors

Bart Allen
Chair
Peterson & Myers PA
Maggie Mariucci
Vice Chair
Florida Polytechnic University
Gene Conrad
Secretary/Treasurer
SUN n' FUN Aerospace Expo
Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti
Past Chair
Polk State College
Dr. Orathai Northern
Talent Pipeline Chair
Polk State College
Deena Ware
Community Stakeholders Chair
City of Winter Haven
Pete Frantzis
Investor Relations Chair
Cyndeo Wealth Partners
Rick Garcia
Aviation Chair
Gulf Coast Avionics
Todd Dantzler
County Manager Designee
SVN | Saunders, Ralston, Dantzler
George Lindsey
County Commissioner
Polk County BoCC
Drew Wilcox
Board Member
Nucor Steel Florida
Emery Smith
Board Member
Ben Hill Griffin
Randy Knapp
Board Member
RLK Real Estate & Development
Jake Polumbo
Board Member
Two Blue Aces
Dave Shepp
Competitiveness and Advocacy Chair
The Southern Group



Our Team

Sean Malott
President and CEO

Sean Malott is the President and CEO of the Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) where he is responsible for leading the economic development strategy for Polk County.

Lindsay Zimmerman
Senior Vice President and COO

Joining the team in May 2017, Lindsay serves as the Senior Vice President and COO. She is responsible for building private investment for the CFDC and its work as Polk County’s economic development partner. The organization’s stakeholders are critical to the continual growth and development of our region.

Javier Marin
Vice President of Business Development

Javier and his team advance the vision of the CFDC through domestic business recruitment, attraction of foreign direct investment, international trade and business resiliency initiatives intended to support expansion and retention of existing firms.

Alex Price
Business Development Manager

Alexander Price joined the CFDC as the Business Development Associate at the beginning of 2018. Alex has a developed skill set essential to the process of recruiting new businesses to Polk County. In October 2019, Alex received his JobsEQ FIT Certification which provides him with enhanced data tools to better help businesses and investors.

Shelly Reiche
Administrative Services Manager

Shelly joined the CFDC in September 2015 as Administrative Office Manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day activities and financial reporting of the CFDC.

Michelle Gomez
Investor Relations Coordinator

Michelle Gomez joined the CFDC team as the Investor Relations Coordinator in August 2022. In this role Michelle will connect, engage and support CFDC investors as they assist in building Polk County’s economic prosperity. 

Lenore Devore
Contributing Writer

Lenore has been telling the stories of Polk County businesses for the Central Florida Development Council since June 2018. A contributing writer, she uses her journalism background to write profiles about local businesses, trends in business and industry in the Central Florida area, and breaking news.