From Rodeo to Opera: ‘That’s Lakeland’

Amy Wiggins has moved from promoting the Chamber of Commerce` to leading the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, but she’s still hawking Lakeland as a place of entertainment options ranging from rodeo to opera.


In today’s Monday Profile in The Ledger, she spoke of a recent weekend that included both events: “There is so much going on here, there is no excuse not to have 100 things to do every day,” Wiggins said. “I had an amazing experience in both places. World-class rodeo athletes and world-class musicians, just on different sides of town … that’s Lakeland.”

The 36-year-old Plant City native majored in religion at Florida Southern College and worked at the YMCA of West Central Florida before joining the Chamber staff. She is current president of the local chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

Among the praise in the article came this gem from Walker Wilkinson of the CliftonLarsonAllen accounting firm: “You’re not going to shake her. She’s very composed and able to deal with whatever you throw at her. … I knew that she was destined to lead an organization.”