Meet New Members Ryan Rogers and Mayor Bill Mutz and Strategic Partners Alan Black and Chris Letsos

Welcome the newest members of the Lakeland Lead’s community! We are thrilled to have Mayor Bill Mutz, Ryan Rogers, Chris Letsos, and Alan Black join us and help us further our mission.

Advisory Board Member

Bill Mutz, Mayor, City of Lakeland

Bill was raised in Indianapolis, moved to Columbus, IN, and graduated from Indiana University, majoring in Finance and Marketing. His family moved to Lakeland in 1996, and he was President and co-owner of Lakeland Automall (Lakeland Ford, Mazda, Hyundai & Isuzu.)

Lakeland Automall was sold in 2016, and Bill became a Business Consultant with Claridge Associates before becoming the City of Lakeland Mayor in 2018. Mayor Mutz and his wife, Pam, a Denver, CO native, have been married 46 years and are parents of 12 children — seven boys and five girls. They have 34 grandchildren.

In civic roles, Bill served on 21 not-for-profit or business boards and helped found Grace City Church. Bill has a passion for seeing successful lifechange in marriages and parenting. His foundational human relations goal is to strive to honor everyone. This way, motivated people will engage in thriving environments where hopes and dreams maximize human potential.

Investor Member

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Ryan Rogers, SVPII/Regional Manager, MidFlorida Credit Union

Ryan Rogers, a dedicated professional with over 21 years at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, serves as SVPII/Regional Manager. In this role, Mr. Rogers diligently oversees service, operations, and production across Lakeland branches and local call centers in Lakeland and Winter Haven. Established in 1954 as a teacher's Credit Union, MIDFLORIDA has grown exponentially, currently catering to Florida communities through a vast network of nearly 65 branches, supported by over 1,400 employees, and boasting assets exceeding $7 billion. True to its credit union roots, MIDFLORIDA remains committed to offering unparalleled personal attention while rivaling local banking institutions with its wide range of products and services.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Mr. Rogers demonstrates a solid devotion to enhancing community literacy. As a proud graduate of Florida Southern College, where he earned his degree in Business Administration, Ryan actively contributes to financial literacy education by consistently presenting at nearby schools. Deeply involved in community service, Mr. Rogers also serves as the Co-President of InnerAct Alliance and exhibits leadership within First United Methodist Church Lakeland. Outside of his notable career, Ryan cherishes moments spent with his wife Samantha, who teaches leadership classes, and their wonderful 10-year-old daughter.

Strategic Partners

Chris Letsos, CEO, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Chris Letsos has more than 25 years of experience in youth and community development. He has previously served as the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, where he worked for 14 years in progressive leadership roles. More recently, Chris founded the Knox Education Foundation and served as the Florida Department of Children & Families Family Wellbeing Director.

Alan Black, Director of Schools, McKeel Academy

From founding staff member to Director of Schools, Alan Black has over 35 years of K-12 educational experience where he leads the acclaimed PreK-12 charter school system of The Schools of McKeel Academy.

Designated a High Performing Charter School by the state of Florida, Mr. Black’s life work is innovation in education, equipping students with a well rounded education that launches them forward into college or vocation success well beyond his campus doors; ready to compete in a global society.

Having taught Physics, Chemistry, Math and English Mr. Black champions both teachers and students leading and supporting initiatives that harness the greatest potential for both teacher and student achievement. Three campuses strong, as Assistant Director of Operations, Mr. Black was responsible for leading McKeel’s 1:1 student iPad initiative. During his past eleven years as Director of Schools, he is credited with overseeing the expansion of multiple academic, athletic and operational programs. These include, although not limited to, the incorporation of art and foreign language programs across elementary levels, an expanded home school zone for Polk students who reside in proximity to McKeel Academy and supporting an increase in experiential learning opportunities.

A fifth generation Floridian and Lakeland native, Mr. Black was a student of Polk County Public Schools where he graduated from Lakeland Senior High School, having attended Polk State College, earning his degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida with a Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova SouthEastern. He serves as Board Member for the Florida Consortium of Charter Schools, is an Alumni of Leadership Florida; Leadership in Education Class I and has been recognized as Teacher of the Year.