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Ron Clark As a founding member of Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A., Ron Clark has committed almost 40 years to representing businesses and individuals in Lakeland in the of real estate, business, and litigation matters. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Clark attended the University of Florida and Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, where he earned a juris doctorate. Moving to Lakeland in 1980, Clark practiced at a small law firm before founding Clark, Campbell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A. in 1988. He became involved with the Lakeland Chamber in the early 1980s. Clark served as the chair of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2001. As chair of the board, Clark believed that the Chamber should be more concerned with the continued revitalization of downtown for businesses. In efforts to make this a priority, he worked to develop a partnership between the Chamber, the Downtown Lakeland Partnership, and the Downtown Development Authority. During his time as Chamber chair, he also invested in helping businesses find qualified employees. Clark believed this started with students. He supported school programs that prepared students for the workforce. His investment in the next generation also led to his efforts to recruit many mentors for local students. As the Chamber continues to grow and branch into other endeavors, Clark likes the direction the Chamber is headed in the business community. In addition to the Chamber, Clark has served as the president of Big Brothers & Big Sisters, president of the Lakeland Bar Association, president of Lakeland Habitat for Humanity, chair of United Way of Central Florida, president of the Polk County Legal Aid Society, chair of the Lakeland Metro Vision Process, and chair of the Polk Vision Process. He was also the recipient of the 2000 Jere Annis and 2016 George Jenkins Awards. 30