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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“Emerging Business Leadership in Florida” | 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…

“The Transformation of Florida’s Economy” | 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…

“The 10 Surprises of 2021” | 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…

“The Role of Higher Education in Economic Recovery” | 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…

“The Emerging Financial Industry Giant – Independent Financial Advisory Firms” | 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.

“75 Years After Victory in Europe: The EU, Brexit, and the U.S.” | 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…

“The Future of Work: How LogMeIn is Navigating the Changing Landscape” | 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…

“The Importance and Impact of Florida A&M University and HBCU’s” | 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…

“Economic Issues in the Upcoming 2020 Election” | 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…

“The Export-Import Bank & How Florida Benefits” | 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…