Podcasts and Summaries

The Economic Club of Florida podcast provides an extended platform for discussion to educate, engage, and empower citizens on important economic, political, and social issues. Major topics include the economy, business, investment, politics, public policy, government, education, entrepreneurship, healthcare, defense, space, and sports. New podcast episodes are published monthly.

The opinions expressed on The Economic Club of Florida podcast are those of its guest speakers and members and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Economic Club of Florida.

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St. Joe Company President and CEO Jorge Gonzalez | September 16, 2021

“I’ve been in this market for a long time and quite frankly haven’t seen anything like it ever before.  We’re exceeding last year’s momentum…with more people moving here to live permanently and from a broader geography of the country.” Jorge Gonzalez, President and CEO of The St. Joe Company, discusses the burgeoning development in Northwest…

Celebrity Cruises President and CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo | August 10, 2021

“Right now, a cruise ship is safer than Main Street.  If you look at the entire population of a Celebrity ship right now, 99% of the people are vaccinated.” Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, reveals the behind-the-scenes effort to resume cruise line sailing during the coronavirus pandemic and the new passenger safety…

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Chief Integration Officer Dr. Dean Watson, M.D. | July 22, 2021

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist at all, but this thing mutates like a bioweapon.  I mean, it is amazing.” Dr. Dean Watson, M.D., Vice President and Chief Integration Officer for the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare System, discusses the new uptake in COVID-19 cases in North Florida and the challenges of treating the Delta variant, before a…

CDC Foundation President and CEO, Dr. Judy Monroe, M.D. | June 3, 2021

“We are not at a current state with our data systems where all the data is coming in as accurately or as timely as it should.” Dr. Judy Monroe, M.D., President and CEO of the CDC Foundation, discusses the challenges in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and how the business community can help, before a…

PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla | May 20, 2021

“We want to do this in a safe manner. Nobody is saying let’s start cruising and make it unsafe, no.” Juan Kuryla, Port Director and CEO of the PortMiami, shares current efforts to restart the cruise line business during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, before a May 20, 2021 meeting of The Economic Club of Florida

Ballad Health Chairman, President, and CEO Alan Levine | May 12, 2021

“Patients are getting stuck in the middle and the employers and taxpayers are paying for it.” Alan Levine, Chairman, President, and CEO of Ballad Health, outlines the challenges facing America’s health care systems and the patients who rely on them, before a May 12, 2021 meeting of The Economic Club of Florida.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew | April 27, 2021

“At what point do you go back to caring about adding to the deficit?  The answer is when the economy is back on its feet.” Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew discusses the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and the expected central bank and other economic policies to encourage full recovery, before an April 27,…

World Anti-Doping Agency former President Sir Craig Reedie | April 21, 2021

“It was a tragedy for sport.” Former President of the World Anti-Doping Agency Sir Craig Reedie discusses the upcoming Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and past challenges that include his handling of the Russian doping scandal and his thoughts on whether the US & UK should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over China’s human rights…

HCI Group CEO Ricky Caplin | March 29, 2021

“We’re not overly strategic, everything is very political.  We need to locate our tech schools in big cities where businesses are, not in the middle of nowhere.” HCI Group CEO Ricky Caplin discusses the opportunities he sees for Florida to accelerate efforts to develop high-tech industry and good paying jobs, before a March 29, 2021…

Former Florida Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp | February 23, 2021

“Bringing SpaceX was the beginning of something really exciting here in Florida and now we see Blue Origin and a whole host of other companies.  Florida is the place for commercial space launch in the world.” Jeff Kottkamp, the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Florida, discusses how the private commercial space industry, together with bio-tech and…