Commissioner / Mayor Pro Tem
“I believe that the City of Lynn Haven is a great place to raise a family due to its small community lifestyle. As our community grows, we will have to depend on leaders to make the right decisions. You can rest assure that at the end of the day, I will always do what is best for the residents of Lynn Haven. “ Commissioner Rodney Friend and his family have been a part of the Lynn Haven community for over 20 years. His friends will tell you that Commissioner Friend is extremely dedicated to his family, his church, and his community. Commissioner Friend and his wife, Jeanette Acoba Friend, are actively involved in their daughter’s education. Both of them have volunteered and contributed many hours to help support various fundraising and educational endeavors; including serving as volunteers for youth tennis, cheerleading, and boosters. Six years ago Commissioner Friend started his own company Merchant Management Group. MMG was founded on one underlying principal-unprecedented customer service. As President, Commissioner Friend truly believes in running a business that promotes honesty, integrity, and trust. Outside of work, Commissioner Friend is also involved in his church and other community endeavors. He is currently a Deacon and has served on many church related committees and teams such as finance, family ministry, and finance ministry. Commissioner Friend is also an avid pilot and enjoys being President of a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization called, Wings of Compassion (Florida Chapter). Wings of Compassion is committed to helping others following natural disasters using aviation.