Chuck McDanal is the owner and manager of Studio C Solutions, an organizational optimization, business analytics and coaching firm. He also is the vice-president and co-owner of Kindelan McDanal & Associates, a Lakeland psychological counseling and testing practice. Additionally, he owns StudioChuck, a commercial property holding company. Previously, Chuck was president and general manager of LkldTV, an internet-based TV station. He joined LkldTV from the Ledger Media Group, where he was the Director of IT & Operations, and earlier was group operations director with The New York Times Co. Chuck also worked as an editor in The Ledger’s Newsroom. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech, is a Certified Analytics Professional, has a certificate in Business Analytics from the Wharton School of Business, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a Six Sigma Black Belt, and an RRCA-certified running coach.
Prior to moving to Lakeland, he worked in Washington as a researcher for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He has served on The Ledger's editorial board and Lakeland Electric's Utility Committee, as well as the boards of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership and the Alliance for Independence. He currently serves on the boards of the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce; the Imperial Symphony Orchestra; LkldLive, where he is president and board chair; and the Lakeland Runners Club, where he is past president and current vice president. He is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XXXI and Leadership Polk Class X, and Chair-Elect for Leadership Lakeland Class XXXVI and Chair for Class XXXVII. Chuck has served on planning committees for LVIM, InnerAct Alliance and Central Florida Speech & Hearing. He is a member of the Lakeland Rotary Club, and has served there as a board member and chair of the Communications Committee.
Chuck lives in Lakeland with his wife, Cynthia, a clinical psychologist. They have two daughters, one a recent graduate of UC-Berkeley who is now in graduate school at Stony Brook, and one studying in Germany. He is an avid runner who recently completed his 11th marathon, including qualifying and running in the 2019 Boston Marathon. He is a huge coffee fan who has been roasting his own beans for the past 10 years with gear he built himself, but now has a boutique coffee-roasting business and a commercial-grade roaster to better work with the roast-profile data. Chuck is currently renovating a building in Lakeland as the latest in a long string of exciting personal challenges that include professional roles ranging from researcher to editor to IT director, as well as hobbies that include rebuilding old motorcycles, sports cars and even a giant military vehicle.
He travels the world, loves old cities, and has jumped out of airplanes and off a mountain in Alaska.