Polk Works presents Hammer Award to Mike Stedem
.At the Polk Works Annual Recognition Breakfast at the Bartow Civic Center on Thursday, August 21, 2003, outgoing Polk Works Chair Larry Miller presented the prestigious Hammer Award to Mike Stedem for his commitment to workforce development in Polk County.
was recognized for his
contribution to Polk Works, the local workforce development board.Always an active member of the board, Mr Stedem stays engaged in the current workforce issues.That includes being a founding Polk
Works board member, chairing the WAGES (welfare reform) committee in 1997, chairing the Polk Works board from 1998-2000, founding Citrus Cars
(a subsidiary of Polk Works) in 1998, founding the New Business Development committee in 2001, and currently serving as a member of the Legislative committee, chair of the Citrus Cars
Board of Directors, chair of the New Business Development committee and member of the Polk Works Executive Committee.As a community volunteer, Mike Stedem
participates in activities that reinforce workforce development efforts in the county such as presentations to high schools on self-sufficient wages, to civic clubs on the State of the Workforce
, which is the status of our local labor force and training capacity.His is a member of Polk Works Speakers Bureau.
Through Polk Community College Corporate College
has had the opportunity to provide instruction on leadership and other workforce training.He
also takes time to read to children at many different county schools and often dresses in costumes such as the Easter Bunny or a native American to help make it fun for the kids.Mike Stedem is the owner of the Stedem Ford dealership in Fort Meade and has been a resident of Polk County since 1983.He
wife Candy of 34 years, have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.He
is known for such quotes as "time equals commitment" and "you get bigger or smaller, smarter or dumber - you don't stay the same."