CONTACT:    Rebecca Fortier

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce



LAKELAND, FLORIDA (November 23, 2015) – The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Allen & Company of Florida, Inc., the oldest investment firm in Florida, for the 29th year, to bring Central Florida the Economic Forecast Breakfast on Thursday, January 14th at the Lakeland Center.

Internationally renowned economists, Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist for First Trust Advisors, LP and Dr. Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal of The Washington Economics Group, Inc. will share their thoughtful and knowledgeable insights on our current economy from a global, national and local perspective. Keith Albritton, president and CEO of the Lakeland-based Allen & Company, said he went back and analyzed 2014’s predictions and was pleased with the results.  “We like to see how our speakers have done with their prognostications and forecasts,” Albritton said. “I’m proud to say they scored an ‘A.’”

For a complete bio on Mr. Brian Wesbury, please click here:

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Breakfast begins at 7:00am with the program starting promptly at 7:30am and commencing by 9:00am. Tickets for this year’s event can be purchased by registering online at The early bird pricing is available through December 31st at $25 per seat. Any tickets purchased after the 31st or at the door, will cost $30. Tables can be purchased for this event by contacting Rebecca Fortier at the Lakeland Chamber.

About Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.  Since 1932 Allen & Company of Florida has provided financial planning and wealth management services to the communities we serve. An employee owned firm that continues to remain true to its’ guiding principles; place our clients’ interests above all else, and never lose sight of personalized service. Headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, with operations in Winter Haven and Viera, Allen & Company is Florida’s oldest investment firm.

About the Lakeland Chamber  The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:

Vision Statement

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.

Mission Statement

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.




Melbourne, FL: – The Melbourne Regional Chamber’s Veterans Resource Committee (VRC) is still seeking bass boat captains to participate in the 2nd Annual Stick Marsh Veterans Bass Challenge on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Presented by Allen & Company, the Stick Marsh Veterans Bass Challenge will provide local service disabled veterans with a day of competitive fishing and relaxation on the famous bass fishing Stick Marsh.

Participating veterans and boaters receive free entry in the tournament, breakfast provided by Einstein Bros Bagels, Lunch from Jersey Mike’s, plus admission to the After Fishin’ Barbeque and awards. The top winning boat captain will also select a local veterans’ charity for a cash donation on their behalf.

The dinner will be held at Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost in Palm Bay from 4:00PM to 6:00PM just after the fishing event. The awards dinner will honor the winning veterans, community leaders, and boat captains who teamed-up for bragging-rights and prizes in this annual event to benefit local veterans. Admission is $25 per person, which includes a sumptuous barbeque feast catered by Code Blue Barbecue.

Guests at the BBQ will meet and mingle with local leaders and dignitaries, including Miss Melbourne U.S.A. There will also be ample opportunity to check-out the latest sporting goods at Bass Pro Shops Palm Bay. Register for the dinner at under the events tab, or contact Justin Anderson, VRC staff liaison at (321) 724-5400, ext. 233 if you have a bass fishing boat and you’d like to participate in the challenge.

Presenting sponsor Allen & Company of Florida, Inc. was founded in 1932 and is the oldest investment firm headquartered in Florida. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of Allen & Company Financial Corporation.

The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, is a five-star accredited Chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber proudly serves the business communities of south Brevard County and East Central Florida. The Veterans Resource Committee was formed in 2013 to serve veterans in Brevard County. For more information, visit