Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
9:38 am EDT
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Young professionals make their mark

Meet the hottest rising stars in business.

I know what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hungry for success. 

I fell in love with publishing when I was in my 20s. I started as a sales representative for a local newspaper, then became a sales representative for two local magazines. During those years, I learned the ins and outs of what it takes to put together a quality magazine. 

Eventually, I put that knowledge to good use. In 2008, I launched my own publishing company, Akers Media Group. We produced Healthy Living, the area’s first magazine exclusively dedicated to health. I felt blessed to be a woman in my mid-30s living my dream. 

Two years later, I purchased Lake and Sumter Style, which was previously produced by a publishing company in Ocala. That was super exciting for me. Why? Because Lake and Sumter Style had employed me as the marketing director. 

Both Healthy Living and Lake and Sumter Style have won multiple awards from the Florida Magazine Association, Florida Press Club, Florida Society of Professional Journalists, and other prestigious organizations. More importantly, I love what these publications have done for the community, how they’ve changed lives and brought awareness to important issues. 

Now that I’ve told you my story of being a young go-getter, I want to share the encouraging stories of the many high achievers coming up in the generation behind me. We’re proud and excited to introduce them in this year’s
40 Under 40 feature. 

Yes, our area is blessed to have many young professionals who are excelling in a wide range of careers—from businessowners and politicians to doctors and financial gurus. Not only do they strive for greatness in their chosen profession; they are also working to raise their families in Lake and Sumter counties. How exciting is that? Our future is on its way to being very bright knowing this year’s crop of 40 Under 40 are going to be tomorrow’s leaders. 

One last thought. We’ve eagerly awaited the opportunity to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021. I hope this year brings you a life filled with joy and blessings. Work hard, play hard, and consider each day a gift from God. 

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2021!

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