KLRBA membership is a way to “give back” to the local business community,

meet other local professionals in a relaxed, enjoyable environment,

and participate in educational monthly luncheons.















Harold Gilstrap

Chris Carson

Barb Franklin

Doug Wise

Sam Midgett

Deborah Strickland

André Gourd


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2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
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Harold Gilstrap, President

Harold is the Owner/CEO of Gilstrap and Associates.  Harold Gilstrap has worked with the largest and most established recognition award companies in North America. This experience in corporate culture and the constraint of not having the flexibility to provide the optimum business solutions for the client, encouraged the formation of Gilstrap & Associates. It was the desire for the flexibility to design and deliver the best solutions for the client that fueled Gilstrap & Associates inception.

Gilstrap & Associates is an independent consulting firm which represents solution partners that deliver Quality, Value and Service.

Chris Carson, Vice-President

Chris is retired from Clay Electric Co Op and was in the Public Relations Dept at the time of his retirement.  He also is a former business owner in Keystone Heights and was adjunct teacher at Santa Fe Community College.

Chris hold a degree in Business & Finance.

Sam Midgett, Board Member

Sam is  the Office Manager at Capital City Bank here in Keystone Heights.  She brings more than 37 years of banking experience to our community and is dedicated to providing excellent client service to every relationship.  Sam is currently serving as board members for Lake Region Kiwanis and Gold Head CSO.  

Sam has been married to her husband, Tom, for 26 years and they have one daughter, Ashli Newton.  They have been blessed with one grandson and have another on the way.

André Gourd, Board Member

André is Owner/CEO of Realty Productions Co, providing Web Design Services for Real Estate, Service Businesses, Builders, Developers as well as Non-profit Organizations since 2000.  “Our services are motivated by the desire to produce “Results” for our clients”, he indicated.

His past experience in the real estate field has ranged from sales, to management, then trainer and seminar leader, as well as providing consulting services to real estate brokers.

One of his favorite quotes are:  “It’s our decisions, and not our conditions, that determine our future.  And it’s also our choices that determine who we are, far more than our talents.”

André and his wife Beth have been living in Keystone Heights since 1991, and have 3 sons and five grandchildren.

Deborah Strickland, Past President

Deborah is the Administrator of Haven Hospice in Palatka and the Lake Area, a not-for-profit hospice serving North Central Florida since 1979.  Prior to joining Haven Hospice in 2012, Deborah worked for North Florida Regional Medical Center as a Senior Healthcare Center Director.  She is a graduate of Keystone Heights High School, Santa Fe Community College (now Santa Fe College) and the University of Florida, receiving a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Gerontology and a M.H.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling.  She has worked in healthcare, with a special interest in geriatrics and end-of-life care, for 20 years and received designation as a Certified Hospice Administrator in 2015.

Deborah is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community as a member of the KLRBA Board.  In addition to her involvement in Keystone Heights, she serves on the Rotary Club of Palatka Board of Directors, as well as Putnam Community Medical Center Board of Trustees.  

Doug Wise, Treasurer

Doug's vast experience has included engineering, management and owning businesses.  He holds a BS in Ceramic Engineering, a Masters in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in General Management.

He has been a Missile Battery Commander in the US Army, held many managements posts for Standard Oil and BP, and was the owner of the Keystone Building  Center, Inc in Keystone Heights.  Doug is a goal oriented leader and possesses strong financial management experience.

Barbara Franklin, Secretary

Barbara is the owner of Keystone Heights Insurance, an independent firm representing 30+ insurance carriers.  She brings over 26 years of experience in all aspects of the industry providing homeowner's, auto, commercial, health, life and dental insurance plans.

In addition to her responsibilities as secretary of KLRBA, she also helps coordinate social events and fundraising for the Melrose Community Senior Center. Barbara has one son (Buddy) who attended Keystone Heights schools.