Dale Dreyer, State President, Central Florida at SouthState Bank

Dale Dreyer has enjoyed a 30+ year banking career and spent the first half of that time working for two large Southeast regional banks in Alabama and in Florida. In 2007, Dale joined CenterState Bank, which at the time had approximately $1.5 Billion in assets, as the West Polk Community President. Dale was subsequently promoted to Polk County Regional President and then Central Florida Division President. In January of 2020, CenterState Bank entered into an MOE (Merger of Equals) with South State Bank and adopted the SouthState Bank name. Currently, Mr. Dreyer serves as the State President for West Florida managing the teams along the I-4 corridor including such notable and diverse markets as Sarasota/Manatee, the greater Tampa Bay area, Pasco, Polk, Highlands, and Osceola counties. Today, SouthState Bank is the largest bank headquartered in the State of Florida and is approaching $50 Billion in assets. In 2021, S&P Global recognized SouthState Bank as one of the top 50 Public Banks in America, and in 2022, Forbes named the bank as the Best-in-State Bank and one of America’s Best Banks.

Mr. Dreyer and his wife Susan have resided in Lakeland, Florida since 1996. They have two daughters that attend the University of Florida. Dale is a double graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Accounting and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. Mr. Dreyer is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XIX and has served his community in numerous volunteer leadership roles including Past Board Chair of Campfire USA, the Polk Theatre, Lakeland Regional Health Foundation, and First United Methodist Church. Dale currently serves as Board Chair of Lakeland Regional Health and is an active member of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Florida Development Council, and Lakeland Economic Development Council.

Dr. Sallie Stone, Founder & CEO, The Well, Well-Done Events, and Printwell

Dr. Sallie Stone is a consummate professional with over twenty five years of experience as a seasoned administrator across multiple platforms in education, leadership and management. She is Founder/CEO of Well Done Development LLC, (dba) The Well, a small business support and incubation center; Well-done Events!, providing multi-media production services; and Printwell, providing full-scale printing, promotional and branding solutions. She is also the President of Compass Smart Solutions LLC providing consultation, training, professional development, business coaching and motivational speaking for diverse groups around customized themes.

Dr. Stone has established a solid reputation for supporting under-served and under-respresented small businesses and entrepreneurs. Operating from a personal belief that there is enough opportunity for everyone to thrive she is passionate about helping to overcome any obstacles that get in the way of this goal. Her personal mantra leads her in this direction and states, “I will succeed because the fire inside of me burns brighter than the fire that surrounds me.”