How I Got Here with Dave Fiore

How I Got Here with Dave Fiore

Host Dave Fiore talks with Tallahassee-area leaders, business owners and neighbors about their personal stories – all the challenges, opportunities and influences that led them to where they are today. Emotional, inspirational and almost always surprising, How I Got Here gives listeners real insight into the lives of our area’s most interesting people.

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May 5, 2021 47 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Shawn Roberts, president and CEO of Mad Dog Construction. While he now enjoys great success in his business and finds joy and fulfillment in his personal life, the husband and father has experienced tremendous loss and disappointment. While at Auburn, Shawn lost his chance to be an Air Force pilot, then saw a promising construction business fall apart during the Great Recession and endur...

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In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Marsha Doll, one of the most recognizable and sought-after personalities in Tallahassee – and throughout the modeling world. The Perry native started her modeling career on a trip to Atlanta as a buyer for her grandfather’s clothing store at age 14. She would go on to work at influential modeling agencies throughout Florida before launching the iconic Marsha Doll Models in 1990. She has ...

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March 23, 2021 56 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Kim Moore, Vice President of Workforce Innovation at Tallahassee Community College. The native of nearby Greenville dreamed of being a CEO since she was 14 years old, and achieved that goal when she was selected to lead Workforce Plus, the regional economic and workforce development body now known as CareerSource Capital Region. Her success there led to her current position where she is ...

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March 1, 2021 73 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Dale White. Dale is president and CEO of Reentry Solutions Network, the reentry program director for Good News Outreach and the founder of The Living Harvest.

The post Episode 22: Dale White appeared first on Fiore Communications | Content-Focused Marketing | Tallahassee.

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December 10, 2020 37 min

In this episode of the podcast, host Dave Fiore speaks with Mike Goldstein, owner of Capital City Pedicabs and supporter of all things Tallahassee.

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November 1, 2020 65 min

In this episode of the podcast, host Dave Fiore speaks with Lisa Davis, owner of Image by Lisa, successful entrepreneur and three-time national sales leader for one of the most popular beauty companies in the world.

The post Episode 20: Lisa Davis appeared first on Fiore Communications | Content-Focused Marketing | Tallahassee.

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October 1, 2020 66 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Skip Foster, former publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat, popular weather hobbyist and creator of The Fanatical Middle news blog. He is a longtime journalist, husband and father of three who values respectful and nuanced discourse, which makes him a popular and trusted facilitator of important community discussions.

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September 2, 2020 74 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Shacafrica Simmons, better known as Chef Shac. Born in South Florida and the oldest of 11 total siblings, she is an entrepreneur at heart with multiple brands under her Chef Shac, LLC, umbrella. Before earning two degrees from culinary school, she tried her hand at barbering school and midwifery after a challenging pregnancy. But it was food and how to use it to lift spirits and create o...

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July 7, 2020 66 min

In this podcast episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Tom Derzypolski, co-founder and president of BowStern, an award-winning integrated communications firm. Tom is a father of three, proud grandfather and husband to Stephanie Derzypolski, vice president and chief communications officer at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. He was named Leadership Tallahassee’s Leader of the Year in 2019 and was one of the recipients of the Tallahasse...

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May 26, 2020 75 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Talethia Edwards, the founder and president of the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association who has already secured more than $6 million for community revitalization. The Miami native came to Tallahassee as a freshman at FAMU where she met her husband Harold. The couple has seven children and are currently caring for two more they hope to formally adopt in the near future.

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April 28, 2020 67 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Rachel Pienta, the 4-H Youth Development Program Director at the University of Florida’s Extension Office in Wakulla County. A native of upstate New York, Rachel finished high school in rural central Florida, where she says she felt a little like Kevin Bacon in Footloose. She earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University, has led organizations, run local political machines and is a long-t...

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March 31, 2020 63 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Mark Wallheiser, award-winning photographer who has captured some of our area’s most iconic moments. From hurricanes and political rallies to national football championships, Mark’s images have put us in the middle of the action – which is exactly where he has spent most of his career. After 27 years as a photojournalist and editor at the Tallahassee Democrat, Mark is now a freelancer an...

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If you need a break from the news or could use a distraction that will encourage you, I offer you the stories of the guests I have been privileged to talk with on this podcast. They are willing to be vulnerable in hopes of encouraging others who may be experiencing some of the same challenges or obstacles they did. I am confident you will be inspired.

I invite you to listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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March 10, 2020 61 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Keith Bowers, regional director for the Florida Small Business Development Center at FAMU. A native of Panama City, Fla., Keith was raised in a home that stressed the importance of education and serving others, values he has demonstrated throughout his adult life. As an Army reservist, he served in Joint Detention Operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was commander of Army postal opera...

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February 25, 2020 67 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Elizabeth Emmanuel, the CEO of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority. The Tallahassee native started her career path on a field trip to a funeral home while at Tallahassee Community, where she was offered a job on the spot by her future mentor. But it was a tragic personal loss during her time as a funeral director that led to the realization that she needed a break and the chan...

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February 11, 2020 59 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Stephen Fulford, a Monticello native, husband, father and sixth-generation north Floridian. He is also currently a Jefferson County Commissioner who stuck by a tough 2019 decision in favor of economic development that cost him most of the land his family has been farming for three generations. When we recorded this episode, Stephen was still in the middle of this major and unexpected lif...

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January 28, 2020 54 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Kelley Hutto, the founder and owner of PlayBig. The former All-American track star and mother of three was fueled by poor experiences with the health care system to leave a career in marketing and pursue a calling in physical therapy. Seeing firsthand the devastating impact of health care that lacks resolve and compassion, Kelley is on a mission to ensure children in this region receive ...

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January 10, 2020 74 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Danny Shrine. Danny is co-owner of Full Press Apparel with his wife, Tracey, and a father of two who has taken an unconventional path to his position as a respected community leader. A college career that looked different and took much longer than expected led to business opportunities and eventually a platform from which he is helping others who share the challenges he faced. From scree...

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December 27, 2019 90 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore speaks with Jami Coleman, a tax attorney and partner in the firm Williams and Coleman. Her path to the law includes a few run-ins with it and a long, arduous process of proving she had the character to serve the clients she now receives accolades for representing. In her life, Jami has experienced the gamut of love, support, disappointment and tragic loss – with unexpected blessings sprinkled throug...

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December 13, 2019 52 min

In this episode, host Dave Fiore talks with Bill Kelly, a guy who has never been afraid to try something new. He did gymnastics for the first time in college and made the team, worked in radio formats he wasn’t familiar with and became an actor after a fax came into the radio station looking for help with student films. And today, when he’s not selling or producing local radio, he’s flying around the country to be on set with the l...

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