The Economic Club of Florida

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The Economic Club of Florida was established in 1977 and is today recognized as one of the South’s most important forums for distinguished speakers on issues of the day.

At the Economic Club of Florida, we pride ourselves on the caliber of speakers that come from around the world to discuss important issues of the day. Our roster of speakers includes national and international figures, ranging from Presidential candidates and diplomats to leaders of business and finance. We have even had the privilege of featuring speakers, such as an astronaut who went to the moon, the owner of the New York Yankees and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

On Feb. 20, 2020, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis appeared before the Economic Club of Florida.  He talked about the massive rebuilding of storm-damaged Tyndall Air Force base and how that might jump-start the area’s languishing economy.  He also spoke of the fundamental strength of the Sunshine State’s financial outlook, while so many other parts of the country are dealing with economic uncertainties.  And he spoke lovingly of his family’s culinary legacy, Bay County’s legendary Captain Anderson’s Restaurant.

At a time when even large cities with full-time, expert MIS people can find their databases hacked and held for ransom, is any computer user completely safe?  On August 27, Manny Medina, CEO of cyber security firm Cyxtera, had some answers on this and other related questions for the Economic Club of Florida.

On July 29, 2019 the Economic Club of Florida hosted “A Conversation About Self-Driving Cars and the Future Economic Impact of Autonomy.” The featured presenter was Grayson Brulte, co-founder and president of Brulte & Company, which has significant involvement in autonomous vehicle technologies.

Florida’s 46th Governor Ron DeSantis speaks about his environmental, educational and economic development plans before a packed ballroom of Economic Club of Florida members on Feb. 20.  He also discusses the challenge of kid-proofing the Governor’s Mansion from the playful antics of the First Couple’s two young children.

The Economic Club of Florida: Sandy Kaul

Jan 22, 2019

The interconnectivity of today’s worldwide economy means increased risk, but also near limitless opportunities for savvy investors.  That’s just part of what Sandy Kaul, managing director and global head of Business Advisory Services for Citi Investor Sales told members of the Economic Club of Florida on Jan. 10, 2019.

The U.S. Navy is big business in Florida.  It employs some 21,000 enlisted personnel and officers, operates 11 facilities in the state and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact for its neighboring communities.  U.S. NAVY REAR ADMIRAL BETTE BOLIVAR, commander of Navy Region Southeast, provided the details during her April 9, 2018 speech before the Economic Club of Florida.

Running a large safety-net hospital has more than a few challenges.  Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare President and CEO Mark O'Bryant delves into a frank discussion of those challenges, especially in a time of major upheaval in the national health care environment.

Recorded: 5/18/2017

The traditional rivalry between Gators and Seminoles was on hold February 14th as University of Florida President Kent Fuchs visited the Florida State University Alumni Center to speak before the Economic Club of Florida.  President Fuch’s talk centered on how critical all of Florida’s research universities are to assuring a prosperous and innovative future for the state.

The Economic Club of Florida: Jonathan Altman

Jan 20, 2017

Noted international security expert Jonathan Altman talks about what he believes are America’s most dangerous adversaries in this age of global terrorism and uncertainties linked to the spread of nationalist populism.

The Economic Club of Florida: Marilyn Geewax

Sep 13, 2016

NPR Senior Editor for radio business coverage Marilyn Geewax tells the Economic Club of Florida about the possible impact of the current world and domestic economic situation on the upcoming presidential election. Recorded on Thursday 9/8/16.