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Think TLH

Summary: This podcast series will share how creative ideas have made the Tallahassee community more successful and the catalysts behind them. It will also highlight how quality of life and innovation serve as key drivers in retaining talent. Created by Knight Creative Communities Institute Tallahassee (KCCI) is responsible for transformative projects all over Tallahassee like Gaines Street, Cascades Park, Midtown, the new TLH urban park and the #iHeartTally campaign. Find out more at Host: Betsy Couch Creator/Producer/Editor: Alison Leavitt


 Think TLH 25: Only in Region to Offer New Life-changing Technology, Capital Regional Medical Center's CEO Alan Keesee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1068

The CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center, Alan Keesee, sits down to talk about their latest innovation and plans for the future, including two new emergency services locations. Recently, Alan was named Healthcare Young Executive of the Year by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Alan made his way back to Tallahassee to work at Capital Regional in 2018, and he shares why he loves living in this community. Visit here: Read about the new robotic-arm assisted knee and hip surgery:

 Think TLH 24: Breaking Down Barriers & Fostering Community, The Village Square's Liz Joyner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1220

One of the most unique practices of Tallahassee is The Village Square, a non-profit that serves as an international model for civil, political discourse among a diverse group of people. In this episode, the Executive Director of The Village Square, Liz Joyner, shares how their events work and improve this community, as well as the other cities they advise across the world. Listen in to learn more about The Village Square and other innovative practices in Tallahassee. TLH Village Square Website: TLH Village Square Facebook: FL Village Square Twitter:

 Think TLH 23: World Class Technology and Collaboration in Innovation Park, Danfoss President Ricardo Schneider | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1319

Ricardo Schneider, President of Danfoss Turbocor, joins us sharing the innovative work they do as a global company with their main facility and an Application Development Center right here in Tallahassee, Florida. Ricardo talks about why the company and his employees choose and love this community. The research conducted at the MagLab, Florida State University and Florida A&M University, as well as other groups in Innovation Park, allows Danfoss to have a unique partnership and collaboration unlike any other city in the world. Danfoss Turbocor:  Danfoss Application Development Center - Tallahassee, Florida: Think TLH 11: The World’s Premier Magnetic Laboratory, Director Greg Boebinger:

 Think TLH 22: Best & Unique Practices of the Tallahassee Area, County Commissioner Bryan Desloge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1224

Long-serving Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge shares the best practices of Tallahassee, which he discussed with others during his travels as past president of the National Association of Counties (NAC). Commissioner Desloge is a business leader, involved community resident and was recently chosen to be a committee member of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC).  Episode Links:  Commissioner Bryan Desloge: Village Square: Visit Tallahassee:  Domi Station:

 Think TLH 21: What Feeds the Soul of Tallahassee? Ft. Susie Busch-Transou | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1401

In this episode, Susie Busch-Transou, Founder and CEO of Hearth & Soul and Vice President and Co-owner of Tri-Eagle Sales, talks about her love for Tallahassee and what represents the soul of this diverse and innovative community. She also shares what it's like to own two businesses, including creating Hearth & Soul--a unique retail experience disguised in a house. Hearth & Soul recently opened their first flagship store in Austin, Texas, and their Tallahassee headquarters is celebrating their fourth year in business. Listen in to learn why Susie chooses to live, work and play in Tallahassee. Hearth & Soul:  Tri-Eagle Sales: 

 Think TLH 20: Why the Spinks Brothers Chose Tallahassee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1545

In this episode, brothers Jeff and Matt Spinks talk about owning a business, entrepreneurship, and why they chose Tallahassee, specifically the SOMO district. Jeff established the first only float therapy center in Tallahassee, the Driftaway Float Center. Matt owns On the Rocks Bartending which has provided premiere bartending services to Tallahassee and the Big Bend areas since 1999.  Driftaway Float Center: On the Rocks Bartending:

 Think TLH 19: From Class Project to Startup Success, DivvyUp | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1168

With 350,000 pairs of custom socks sold within a few years and even more donated to charity, DivvyUp is on the fast-track for success. Listen in and learn how a group of students turn an idea into a reality. For more information & to purchase custom socks, visit

 Think TLH 18: Building Blocks of Community, Donald Gray | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1605

Donald Gray first came to Tallahassee to study architecture at Florida A&M University, and after graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Design, he ultimately decided to return to Tallahassee and make it his home. Donald is a principal and architect at the Tallahassee office of Fitzgerald Collaborative Group. His involvement ranges from mentoring middle schoolers in Gadsden County to being a member of the state's American Institute for Architects. Listen to learn why he decided to return to Tallahassee, and discover his favorite part about designing for communities.  Fitzgerald Collaborative Group:

 Think TLH 17: The Film Community in Tallahassee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1382

In this episode, we speak with the Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF), Steve Dollar, about the film industry and community in Tallahassee and beyond. He also shares what you can look forward to at the upcoming local festival April 5-7, 2019.  TFF Website: TFF Facebook Page:

 Think TLH 16: Creativity in Tallahassee with Coton Colors’ Laura Johnson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 682

In preparation for the holiday season we sat down with the founding artist and CEO of Coton Colors, Laura Johnson, to talk about her company and her mission to "never miss an opportunity to celebrate." She shares her company's journey from designing handmade products in her garage to becoming an international brand with multiple flagship stores and headquarters in Tallahassee, FL. Coton Colors:

 Think TLH 15: Behind the Scenes of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare with Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Noel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 763

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) is the only healthcare organization in Florida to hold the highest level of accreditation for a chest pain center, as well as an atrial fibrillation program. Dr. Thomas Noel shares the never-before-told story of why he pursued cardiology, and explains why he chooses to reside and practice in Tallahassee. TMH: Dr. Thomas Noel:

 Think TLH 14: Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Tallahassee, Domi Station's Antonio Montoya | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1630

“Engagements lead to networks and networks lead to startups,” Antonio Montoya, Executive Director of Domi Station. Listen in and discover how Domi is driving the entrepreneurial spirit in Tallahassee, Florida. Domi Station:

 Think TLH 13: Word of South Raising the Bar for Literature and Music in Tallahassee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1297

Word of South Director, Sara Marchessault, shares what to look forward to in the upcoming festival April 12-14, 2019 at Cascades Park, including one of their special guests. In addition to running the festival, Sara is also a faculty member at Tallahassee Community College and owns a publishing company where she publishes journals and books written by kids, for kids. Sara is also a Tallahassee native who realized once she moved away that Tallahassee is where she belonged, and she later returned to make her mark in the town she loves. Sara’s website (journals, publishing information and more): Word of South Festival: Experience Tallahassee Festival 1/12/19 at Cascades Park Facebook: Facebook event: Instagram:

 Think TLH 12: Giving Thanks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 401

Happy Thanksgiving! This week we have a special, shorter episode featuring former and future podcast guests sharing why they are thankful and grateful for the Tallahassee community and what they have and have built here. We are so thankful for all of the Think TLH podcast listeners and guests and the support from the community. Enjoy!

 Think TLH 11: The World's Premier Magnetic Laboratory, Director Greg Boebinger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1490

Tallahassee is home and headquarters to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory – the largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world and the only facility of its kind in the United States. In this episode, MagLab Director, Greg Boebinger, shares his love for Tallahassee and the world-wide implications of their research and its impact on our daily lives. MagLab Website: MagLab Open House 2019:


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