Tiptoeing Towards the Future
As our town grows and becomes a hallmark of the Central Florida community, Kevin wants us to remember what sets us apart — what makes Lakeland, Lakeland.
“Innovation’s great and we’re changing with the times, which is wonderful, but let’s not lose this feeling we have now,” Kevin said. “There’s something unique about why this town is the way it is and it’s the reason why people like coming here.”
Kevin echoes that very sentiment in his message to other community leaders, whom he implores to remember that their businesses, whatever they may be, are more than just “something that makes money.” They’re part of our community at large and they shape the living experience for everyone involved.
For the CityMakers of tomorrow, Kevin has but one request.
“Always ask yourself why not,” Kevin said. “Why can’t you do it? Why is it impossible? Why hasn’t it been done? Don’t limit yourself.”
It’s just in Kevin’s nature to believe in the dreamers because he’s one, too.
“I came from a spot that was really rough and someone gave me an opportunity, and I swore if I ever got a chance, I’d give back the same way,” Kevin said. “That’s just it. It’s not that you’re doing it because you feel like you’re gonna get something in return, it’s that you giving is what you’re getting back in return.”
Lucky for us, Kevin’s giving knows no bounds, even when the days are long and the journey there even more so.
“The door’s open and every day I look forward to what’s new that’s going to happen. It’s stressful, it’s tiring, but it’s worth it, and I wouldn’t change a single thing to get to this point.”