Successful Economic Development of any area requires a close partnership of public and private interests.
We ask for all commercial and industrial businesses to be partners with us to the maximum extent possible. Their partnership reflects not only their monetary support but their commitment of time and talent to the EDC Board and its mission.
As partnership levels increase, partners are eligible for involvement as officers and participate in hosting and recruiting new industry clients. Availability of information and marketing access will also increase as financial commitment levels increase. The more involved our partners are, the more they will contribute and/or will benefit from their EDC membership.
“CenterState Bank is committed to our local communities. Being a long-term investor in the Haines City EDC allows us to be deeply engaged with the smart growth and development of Haines City. The EDC provides potential new businesses with a direct line of communication to the city’s decision makers to help move their project through the development process. The EDC’s ability to pull together the influencers within the infrastructure community has put East Polk County road needs to the forefront. We are proud to be a part of this dynamic team.”Russel "Rusty" L. Mouton II
“As a long-time investor in the Haines City EDC, Pennoni partners with the HCEDC in the true sense of the word. We both are focused on bringing the right type of business growth to our community, and the EDC supports us by promoting and facilitating this growth in Haines City. Together we are growing businesses, jobs, and taxes in the Haines City area.”Beth Evans
“The U.S. market is a very important market for Sofidel. And in this scenario, it is key to be able to rely on the support of the institutions and the local communities. In this regard, we consider partnerships with economic development organizations a strategic tool for our development and growth based on innovative technology, proximity to markets and customers, and sustainability. Sofidel’s partnership with the Haines City Economic Development Council (EDC) as an investor supports the EDC’s role of supporting a favorable business climate. The partnership experienced by Sofidel with the EDC is something unique; something that really helps make the difference.”Christopher Reeder
Cyndi Jantomaso | President
President, Haines City Economic Development Council
Cyndi is the President of the Haines City Economic Development Council, Inc and has been with the organization since 2011. The Council is a private, not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Florida made up primarily of large companies, financial institutions, post-secondary education institutions, county and state representatives, and workforce development boards. The Council is managed by a board of directors made up of public and private sector members. The Council encourages, supports and promotes economic development and growth opportunities within the City and the Central Florida area. As a leader in the community, Cyndi is an Alumni of the Haines City Leadership Class II, Alumni of the Orlando Leadership Class 84’, and Alumni of the Leadership Polk Class VIII. Cyndi is involved with various organizations with the State, County and City Economic Development organizations. She has been appointed by Polk County Board of County Commission for a second term to the NE Polk County Roadway Advisory Committee; Board of Director on the Haines City Chamber of Commerce; Board of Trustee for Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center; Advisory Board of Director for Citizens Bank; Polk State Corporate College Advisory Board and is a past Board of Director of the Florida Economic Development Council. Cyndi is an advocate for maintaining the City’s investment in road and rail transportation laying the groundwork for growth which will safely move residents and visitors, transport goods which give a positive outcome of job growth, capital investment and competitiveness. Cyndi is devoted to growing Haines City and the Northeast Polk County region and a champion for this area’s enormous potential.
Cyndi is devoted to growing Haines City, NE Polk County in the Central Florida region and is a champion for this area’s enormous potential.
Ann Barnhart | Chairwoman
Chief Executive Officer, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
Ann M. Barnhart is the system CEO providing oversight & direction to Lake Wales Medical Center and to at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City, where she has direct administrative and operational responsibility. Both hospitals are affiliated with Community Health Systems, Inc. in Franklin, TN.
Previously, Ann was Sr. Vice President of Operations and Division CEO for Health Management Associates, Inc. providing administrative oversight of 12 hospitals in the company’s Western Division.
With over 35 years of experience in healthcare, Ann began her career at Yale New Haven Hospital, in Connecticut attaining progressive management roles in nursing and was Director of Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing, prior to moving to Florida.
She joined Health Management Associates in 1993 where she held COO and CEO positions with the company prior to her promotion to Sr. Vice President. Ann obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.
She and her husband Jack have been married 40 years and have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Beth Evans | Vice Chairwoman
Office Director, Pennoni
Beth L. Evans, AICP, LEED AP, joined Pennoni in 2014 when the firm acquired the assets of Envisors Engineers, Surveyors & Planners in Winter Haven, FL, where she was employed for 27 years as a partner in the firm and as Senior Vice President. Now as Office Director for Envisors, a Division of Pennoni, Beth is responsible for the continued growth and success of the Winter Haven office through the management of client relationships and business development efforts, in addition to overseeing planning projects for the firm.
Beth earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and is an AICP certified planning and LEED accredited professional.
She is an active member of the American Planning Association and serves enthusiastically on numerous local community boards. Beth is genuinely passionate about participating in helping to grow Florida’s local economy and position in the global economy.
Russel Mouton | Treasurer
Senior Vice President – Commercial Lending, CenterState Bank
Russell, more commonly known as Rusty, has lived in Davenport for the past fifteen years and is married to Cyndi Mouton. He is the proud father of two grown children and two grandchildren.
Rusty has been in banking for 36 years in Louisiana, Indiana and for the last 15 years in The Central Florida market. He is an experienced Commercial Real Estate Lender, and has significant experience in Commercial and Industrial Lending, Business Development, Credit Administration, Management and Accounting.
Headquartered in Davenport, Florida between Orlando and Tampa, CenterState operates through two subsidiary banks providing a range of consumer and commercial banking services, including trust services . These services are provided to individuals, businesses and industries within eighteen counties throughout Central Florida.
In addition to providing traditional deposit and lending products and services to its commercial and retail customers, the Company also operates a correspondent banking and bond sales division. The division is integrated with and part of the lead subsidiary bank located in Winter Haven, Florida, although the majority of the bond salesmen, traders and operations personnel are physically housed in facilities located in Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and Winston Salem, North Carolina. The division brokers fixed income securities, trades for its own portfolio, provides safe-keeping services, bond accounting services, and assets/liability consulting related activities. The customer base includes small to medium size financial institutions primarily located in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Christopher Reeder | Secretary
Regional Operations Manager, Sofidel America
Chris, a third generation Floridian, has called Central Florida home for over 25 years. He earned his education from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance and Masters of Business Administration, with an Accounting concentration.
Putting his education to work, Chris worked in public accounting before moving into private industry, holding roles as Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Looking to expand his knowledge, Chris joined Sofidel America, at the time Cellynne Holding, in 2011 as Accounting Manager. Shortly after joining Sofidel, Chris progressed through positions setting up and managing a nationwide supply chain before settling in as Regional Operations Manager with full oversight on the manufacturing site in Haines City, FL.
Sofidel America was founded in 2012 through the acquisition of Cellynne Holding. Sofidel is operating in 7 states (Florida, Wisconsin, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Mississippi) as an integrated tissue paper manufacturer for Consumer and Away-from-Home business lines. Sofidel has grown to employ over 800 employees nationwide and produce over 65,000 metric tons of tissue and towel.
The Sofidel Group bases its operations, and its internal and external practices, on the principles of transparency, moral integrity, reliability, a sense of responsibility, professionalism, sincerity, honesty, accuracy, confidentiality, impartiality, loyalty, ethics, and mutually shared respect.
Through its commitment to sustainability, Sofidel intends:
- to increase its competitiveness, in the mid-long term
- to contribute to improving the quality of life of all of its interlocutors and the communities it operates in
- to perform an increasingly significant environmental, social and economic role
Chris is married to Sandra who together, are raising 2 bright children.
Board of Directors
Bill Braswell, Commissioner
Polk State College
Florida Public Utilities
Morris West, Mayor
Haines City Chamber of Commerce
Polk County Public Schools
Florida House of Representatives
Central Florida Development Council
Career Source Polk