About Us

 About Us

Mission

AT CENTRAL FLORIDA MEDIA GROUP — a marketing, advertising, and publishing company — we help our clients become more successful by telling their unique stories across various platforms using effective media strategies. Our expertise includes professional content marketing, native advertising, website redevelopment, search engine optimization, social media management, publicity, blogs, videography, and more. All of that combined helps our clients get noticed by the right audience and thus generate quality leads for their business. We strategically connect our clients with customers who have an interest in their particular product or service. As part of an economy that we live, work, and play in, we delight and enjoy publishing compelling media that keep our businesses growing and our key industries moving forward. Social responsibility is what we’re all about, and as such, we focus on niche publishing for key sectors in-demand, with specific expertise in agriculture, medical services, and business services. Our targeted strategies and inbound marketing management bring about relationships and results— that’s service that goes beyond the conventional sphere of media.

History

Central Florida Media Group (CFMG) was founded in March 2010 by Nelson Kirkland, the former publisher of the News Chief (Winter Haven, Florida) and the former director of advertising for The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). With extensive experience in media and marketing, Nelson recognized the need for a firm of choice that would produce lead-generating results for businesses. Thus, Central Florida Media Group was created to fill that need. In its infancy, CFMG began with headquarters at the USF Small Business Incubator based in Winter Haven, Florida. With extensive expertise in the agriculture industry, the firm began a niche consumer publication, Central Florida Ag News, which won the endorsement of the area’s Farm Bureau and was launched in July 2010. Not long after, three medical industry publications were launched in 2011: the Annual Central Florida Physicians Directory and Medical Providers Guide (est., January 2011); the trade-technical publication Central Florida Doctor (est., February 2011); and the consumer magazine Central Florida Health News (est., April 2011). After the establishment of CFMG’s flagship publications, the company successfully started three more magazines: The Blueberry News (est., Fall 2011), Webber International University’s alumni news magazine Webber View (est., September 2011), and The Peach News (est., Spring 2015). These magazines are just a part of the CFMG lead-generating model for growing businesses through targeted media strategies. At its root, CFMG helps companies small and large generate leads through effective marketing. These strategies include niche print advertising, native advertising, social media marketing, website redevelopment, branding or re-branding, blog or e-newsletter management, publicity or press releases, search engine optimization, and more. CFMG is now located in downtown Winter Haven, Florida, with a core staff of four, and a contributing staff of more than 40 professionals, which includes graphic artists, photographers, writers, copy editors, photo editors, web developers, videographers, and much more. 

Our Team

About Us

Nelson Kirkland, Founder

  • Founded Central Florida Media group in 2010
  • Spent 24 years with the New York Times Regional Media Group
  • Previous Chairman of the board for the Red Cross of Polk and Highlands counties
  • Previous member of Board of Directors for the area’s Farm Bureau
  • Previous Chairman of Leadership Polk Class IV, graduated as Class One
  • Received Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award
  • Ten-time recipient of the New York Times Chairman’s Award
About Us

Jess McDonald, Managing Editor

  • BA Degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida
  • Copy editor with The Ledger for 15 years, followed by three years as a marketing copywriter and editor at a Fortune 500 company
  • Joined CFMG in 2019 as Client Content Editor and quickly assumed the role of managing editor
  • Plans and manages content for all CFMG publications and client content marketing campaigns
  • Passion for wordsmithing and working with writers to create targeted and tailored content
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Tyler DiGiovine, Digital Director

  • Attended Southeastern University while actively pursuing a career in marketing and digital design
  • AMVETS outstanding leadership reward recipient
  • 2017/2018 Boy’s State Delegate
  • Collective 4 years of Marketing and 2 years of website and content development experience
  • Joined CFMG in April of 2022 as a website developer
  • Manages and maintains website stability, as well development of new site content for a variety of clients
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Cinda Shelby, Account Executive
  • 30 Years of experience in the medical field
  • Received endorsements by the Polk County Medical Association and the Physician’s Directory
  • Capable of providing unique and proactive approaches to reaching patients, staff, and providers with our publications
 
 

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