Melissa Raburn, real estate associate with Fischbach Land Company, was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to the board of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.

Edited by Jenny Bennett

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Lithia Resident Appointed To Early Learning Coalition Board

Melissa Raburn of Lithia was recently appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the board of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. She is a real estate associate with Fischbach Land Company of Brandon.

Previously an agriculture teacher for the School District of Hillsborough County, she currently serves as a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Realtors Land Institute and the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Raburn earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida.

“I am honored and excited to advocate for the children and families of our county — to help ensure that their needs are met and that we continue to offer premier educational services to our youngest learners,” she said.

Raburn will support the organization’s mission of ensuring that all the community’s youngest children grow up to achieve anything they can imagine by providing the best possible early learning experiences and supporting the families and teachers who care for them.

Reed Fischbach Named 2022 Agriculturalist Of The Year

Reed Fischbach was among several awarded agriculture recognition at the annual Salute to Agriculture luncheon held at the Charlie Grimes Family Agricultural Center in Plant City. Fischbach received the award for the 2022 Agriculturalist of the Year.

“This award is special to me because it is part of our mission to support property owners in finding solutions. I am honored to receive this award from the Greater Plant City Chamber community,” said Fischbach.

He has dedicated his efforts to supporting the agricultural community since beginning his real estate business in 2008. As a real estate land broker, he has always been close to the land and has developed a deep knowledge and respect for agricultural producers. He guides clients thoughtfully through their land decisions in the context of the current land market. Over the years, he has come to know the area’s landowners of farms, horse communities, agriculture and commercial. Reed has earned a reputation for integrity and a work ethic that focuses on solutions that cater to clients’ specific needs.

“Each year, we celebrate the farmers and ranchers who support our #PlantCity community,” said Wesley Joiner, Agri-business Committee chair of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.

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