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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Blackstone’s Byron Wien | January 19, 2021

“The thing that worries me is that valuations are extreme.  Investors are approaching the market as if they can’t get hurt.” Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of the Blackstone Private Wealth Solutions group discusses events and surprises that he sees happening in the financial markets and the U.S. economy in the New Year, before a January…

Miami Dade College President Madeline Pumariega | December 16, 2020

“Being a life-long learner means you are continually focused on your trade because everything that we know today, changes tomorrow.” Miami Dade College President Madeline Pumariega discusses the importance of higher education in Florida, the role that it plays in economic development, and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, before a December…

CAPTRUST Co-Founder & CEO Fielding Miller | December 2, 2020

“The best lesson I’ve learned is failure.” CAPTRUST Co-Founder & CEO Fielding Miller explains how independent firms are changing the financial advice industry and their impact to the economy, before a December 2, 2020 meeting of The Economic Club of Florida.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy Ron Spogli | November 17, 2020

“For the U.K. it’s charting a new course, one that will be less Euro-centric and arguably more transatlantic-centric in terms of its relationship with the United States of America.” Former U.S. Ambassador to Italy and the Republic of San Marino, Ron Spogli, shares his views on the impact to the U.S. of Britain’s exit from…

LogMeIn President & CEO Bill Wagner | November 4, 2020

“We’re going to need more collaboration space and the concept, at least for us, of rows of desks where you go permanently every day coming in the office, I don’t think that will exist.” LogMeIn President & CEO Bill Wagner explains his company’s remote meeting technology that’s behind popular videoconferencing apps, and how remote work…

Florida A&M University President Dr. Larry Robinson | October 27, 2020

“We also had a record year in the number of patents and at some point those patents will likely be licensed and generate small business and companies that employ people.”  Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University President Dr. Larry Robinson explains how the school set a record in research funding and new patents last year, and…

President Donald J. Trump | October 14, 2020

“I’ve given governors permission to go to Canada and buy drugs directly from Canada, saving as an example, Ron DeSantis and the state of Florida, approximately 50% and more on the purchase of drugs.” President Donald J. Trump, in his re-election bid against Joe Biden, discusses his economic agenda before an October 14, 2020 meeting…

U.S. Export-Import Bank Chief Kimberly Reed | October 7, 2020

“We have a new law allows EXIM to help a company match the offer that China is offering a foreign purchaser, and we want the world to pick us.” Kimberly Reed, President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States explains the bank’s role in promoting commerce and leveling the playing field with…

Cybersecurity expert Jonathan Kilpatrick | September 30, 2020

“We don’t have a good figure on what data is stolen and what it is used for in order to compete directly against our own companies here in the United States.“ Military and corporate cybersecurity risk expert Jonathan Kilpatrick explains why the threat is growing and the practical ways we can prevent, detect, and defend…

Tyndall Air Force Base Engineer Brian Stahl | August 26, 2020

“There were 24-inch thick concrete walls that you could put your hand on and feel it vibrating.” Brian Stahl, Deputy Base Civil Engineer at Tyndall Air Force Base, discusses the massive multi-billion dollar rebuilding underway after living through the direct hit of a Category 5 Hurricane Michael, before an August 26, 2020 luncheon meeting of…