JUL 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 30 Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! Sponsored Content May 2017, the Lakeland Center (Lakeland, FL), a popular central Florida venue for events ranging from nationally renowned artists, family shows, athletic competitions, trade shows, conventions and ride-and-drive showcases, was officially re-named the RP Funding Center. The name change reflects a multi-year alliance formed by RP Funding, an Orlando-based mortgage firm and part of the Robert Palmer Companies, the City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Magic. The multi-purpose entertainment complex, offers 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, including the 8,000-seat Jenkins Arena. Home of the Lakeland Magic (NBA D-League), Florida Tropics (Major Arena Soccer League) and the Florida High School Basketball Championships, the arena is also a popular spot for concerts and indoor festivals. This year the RP Funding Center begins a $14 million renovation that will consolidate its two convention halls, Sikes Hall and Exhibit Hall, into 50,000 square feet of continuous exhibit space. Upgrades will also include enhanced meeting room capabilities and pre-function space will be increased as part of the project. Additional event space at the RP Funding Center includes the 2,200-seat Youkey Theatre, the 5,000-square-foot Lake Hollingsworth Ballroom, well-suited for banquets and corporate meetings; the 2,000-square-foot Lake Parker Room, ideal for seminars and small banquets; and the Lake Morton Room for small meetings and banquets of up 60 people. Committed to "green" initiatives, the RP Funding Center is installing solar panels, using energy-saving equipment, recycling stations, water conservation and recycling. Additionally, a Premium Coat ® sustainable roofing and waterproofing system was recently installed. Central Florida's convention, sports, lifestyle and entertainment destination, the RP Funding Center is conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida off I-4. For more information, visit www.rpfunding n After 44 Years, The Lakeland Center Becomes The RP Funding Center John Oney, Director of Sales John has more than 20 years of experience in the corporate and hospitality/tourism industries. His customer service approach to business, along with his consistent and reliable nature and effective communication skills, allows him to deliver superior service to clients and industry partners. John previously served as Golf Sales Manager at Hammock Beach Resort and as a Sales & Events Representative for Central Florida's Polk County Sports Marketing. RP Funding Center (863) 834 - 6116 In

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