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 18: Chef Shac

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 [...]

Episode 17: Tom Derzypolski

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 [...]

Episode 16: Talethia Edwards

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 [...]

Episode 15: Rachel Pienta

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 [...]

Episode 14: Mark Wallheiser

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 [...]

Trailer: We Could All Use Some Encouragement About Now

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 [...]

Episode 13: Keith Bowers

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 [...]

Episode 12: Elizabeth Emmanuel

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 [...]

Episode 11: Stephen Fulford

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 [...]

Episode 10: Kelley Hutto

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 [...]

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