New Leadership Joins the Executive Board

Marcy Benton, Vice President of Human Resources, Publix Super Markets

Marcy began her Publix career in 1992 as an accounting clerk. In 1995, she joined human resources, and after holding various positions, she was promoted to director of retail associate relations in 2013. In 2017, she was promoted to her current position, Vice President of Talent Management. Marcy received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida. She also was a recipient of Publix’s George W. Jenkins and President’s awards. Marcy provides strategic leadership and oversight over all human resources operations, impacting more than 225,000 Publix associates. Her leadership was instrumental in responding to the pandemic and expediting the hiring and onboarding of tens of thousands of new associates. Benton also oversaw a recognition program that awarded associates for their hard work with Publix gift cards and accelerated pay increases.

Todd Baylis, CEO and Co-Founder, QGiv

Todd is CEO and Co-Founder of Qgiv, a Lakeland-based online giving platform that has worked with over 5500 organizations throughout the US and Canada to more effectively implement and grow their online fundraising through year-round giving, peer-to-peer and event-based fundraising solutions. He previously served as President and CEO of Cipher Integrations, a Central Florida-based managed service provider acquired by DSM in 2021. He earned his MS in IT Management, with the highest distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University and received his BS in Computer and Information Sciences, summa cum laude, from Florida State University. In January 2010, Todd was named by The Ledger as one of 20 young professionals to watch under the age of 40 and was also named a Polk County Emerging Leader in 2011.

He served as Chair for the Lakeland Area Economic Development Council and as a Director for the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation. He has previously served as a Director for the United Way of Central Florida, the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce, Camp Fire USA Sunshine Council (Past President), Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Past Chair), and as a past Steering Committee Member of Lakeland Vision and Emerge Lakeland. He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XXV.