“My wife and I built this business from nothing. At this stage in our lives, our sons do all our hard work while Nancy and I play and work in the office,” said Lupton, who also owns a 200-acre Plant City ranch, which caters to private parties.
Lupton could remember when the city of Temple Terrace only had four police officers and a local newspaper called The Beacon. During that time, business owners used word-of-mouth to find out how to grow their business in this area.
“It was easy to keep up with the gossip in Temple Terrace back in those days, which is how I found out about the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce,” said Lupton.
Of the many reasons Lupton continues his membership with the chamber, he expressed that networking and knowing that he has paid his dues to the city of Temple Terrace are the perks he enjoys the most.
“For 43 years I have paid my dues. I have served on every chamber committee since becoming a member. After all these years I think I enjoy that chamber members can do business with other chamber members the most,” said Lupton.
At the conclusion of our session, Lupton left some words of wisdom to those businesses in the area that have not joined the chamber as a member.
“My one piece of advice is that every business owner in this area needs to join the chamber to promote their business,” said Lupton.
By: Shaleria Faison, Temple Terrace Chamber Intern