Host Geoff Simon meets our area’s best businessmen and women and interviews them about the triumphs and inspirations that shaped them into the successes they are today.


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January 2020: Tom Wallace

Tom Wallace, Managing Partner of Florida Funders, is a driving force in Tampa Bay entrepreneurial growth. Wallace launched his first tech startup at age 23, and years later is now helping drive a business that is part venture capital, part crowd-funding.

December 2019: Dr. Tonjua Williams

She is an energetic, experienced, and accomplished professional with a proven track record of insightful leadership. St. Petersburg College President Dr. Tonjua Williams is known for her team building, fiscal accountability, and inclusiveness. She is also collaborating on a number of new initiatives, including a partnership with the University of South Florida.

November 2019: David Straz, Jr.

WEDU would like to pay tribute to the philanthropist David Straz, Jr., who passed away November 18, 2019 at age 77, with an encore broadcast of his March 2018 interview. Who hasn’t dreamed of having their name in lights? Well, for one successful Tampa Bay businessman who built a very successful banking business keeping a low profile was how he liked it.

October 2019: Scott Riley

Tampa Bay entrepreneur, Scott Riley, went from selling radio commercials to direct mail coupons to corporate sponsorships, picking up life lessons along the way. Then, he bought a struggling tech company called Fintech and turned it into a nationwide powerhouse processing 30 billion dollars a year in transactions. Meet successful entrepreneur Scott Riley on the next Suncoast Business Forum.

September 2019: John Couris

How do you lead a major hospital in the constantly changing healthcare industry? That’s the challenge for TGH CEO John Couris. TGH recently partnered with GE healthcare on a state of the art health innovation center, designed to help improve the outcomes of patients, families, and hospital staff. Meet Tampa General Hospital CEO John Couris on the next Suncoast Business Forum.

August 2019: Kevin Harrington

For more than 30 years as a pioneer in the infomercial industry, entrepreneur Kevin Harrington has marketed more than 500 products that have generated over $4 billion in revenue. His success qualified him to one of an elite group of investors, known as “Sharks” on ABC’s hit program “Shark Tank.”

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