How I Got Here Podcast

In this podcast, 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.

Episode 62: Ashlee Fontes

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Ashlee Fontes, the owner and CEO of Tallahassee Reckoning, the region’s first pre-professional women’s soccer team. This episode was recorded in front of a live [...]

Episode 61: Alan Hanstein

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Alan Hanstein, the executive director of the Challenger Learning Center in downtown Tallahassee. Alan is living out a dream that includes a lifelong passion for [...]

Episode 60: Anita Bushnyakova

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Anita Bushnyakova, chief financial officer at Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Anita experienced very different sets of challenges as a [...]

Episode 59: Charlie Strickland

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Charlie Strickland, CEO and co-owner of Talon Training Group. A native of nearby Marianna, Charlie shares his journey from the FSU Police Department and working on the [...]

Episode 58: Chef Leon Brunson

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Chef Leon Brunson, owner of Leon’s at Lake Ella. His journey to owning a restaurant has included working the line at his hometown Waffle House in Panama City, refining [...]

Episode 57: Gloria Pugh

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Gloria Pugh, the president and CEO of AMWAT Moving, Warehousing and Storage. Gloria was born in New York City and spent time in Columbia as an infant before moving to [...]

Episode 56: Jeri Desloge

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Jeri Desloge, the owner of Jeri’s Midtown Café, Jeri’s Love on a Plate and Simply Entertaining by Jeri.

Episode 55: Warren Cave

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Warren Cave, the founder of The Clean Start Initiative, a non-profit ministry to help those previously incarcerated and their families.

Episode 54: Jeff Culhane

Host Dave Fiore speaks with Jeff Culhane, the director of broadcasting for Learfield’s Seminole Sports Properties and the voice for Florida State football and men’s basketball.

Episode 53: Kristi Kreitlow and Marina Lickson

This special episode of the How I Got Here podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at the 2023 Tallahassee Chamber Annual Community Conference in Amelia Island. The breakout session [...]