Connecting Cookeville Podcast - Interviewing Cookeville Area Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Thought Leaders, and Community Influencers.
David Darnell is a serial entrepreneur who is wearing a new hat these days. Now the Director of Investor Relations for the Highlands Economic Partnership, Darnell brings his hands on experience in the business world to the ecosystem of economic development. In this episode, Darnell discusses the importance of the HEP: a nonprofit that partners with our surrounding counties to promote and strengthen economic development, workforce support, and education. We also chat about the vital nature of a Young Professionals group, what recruiting in 2020 looks like, and how culture impacts retention of local talent. This is a must listen!
Amber and Zach
In this week's episode of Connecting Cookeville, Amber and Zach sit down to recap 2019 and look forward to 2020. From the variety of guests that have been on the show, to goal-setting (and BHAGS), to leadership and what's going on in their own lives, this week's podcast offers a fun and insightful peek into what makes our hosts tick.
Growing up as the child a missionary parents, Jake Hoot grew up playing music in church. After high school, he moved to Cookeville to attend and play football at Tennessee Tech and decided to make the Upper Cumberland home for his young daughter and himself. From playing music at local venues and a myriad of small town shows, Hoot decided to get serious about his music career. On this weeks podcast, we sit down with Jake to talk about the support he has received from this community, the importance he places on a strong support team, and his journey thus far on NBC's singing competition, The Voice.
Marc de Claire
The homeless, the transient, the down and out, or even just someone needing a little extra help, Cookeville police officer Marc de Claire comes across a variety of people with extenuating circumstances on a daily basis. Through simple conversation, Officer de Claire would get to know these individuals and find out that often times there was an immediate need that could be solved by a small financial investment - a hotel room, a tank of gas, a refill on medication. This prompted de Claire to begin the Cookeville Human Fund, a nonprofit fueled by the community to meet a specific need in a short amount of time. In this week's episode, de Claire discusses where the idea came from, how he vets the recipients, and how we can help further the cause!
Born and raised right here in Putnam County, Assessor of Property, Steve Pierce, has a homegrown passion for our community. Whether watching his grandfather serve in the public arena, or just the support and mentorship he received from area athletic coaches,
Steve learned from an early age that the best way to get ahead is to give back. In this episode of Connecting Cookeville, Steve explains what the Assessor of Property actually does for our community, how public service is a lot like entrepreneurship, and why he feels compelled to serve his community in this capacity.
The son of immigrant parents, Dr. Michael Casal moved to the Upper Cumberland to practice medicine as an OB-GYN. Knowing little of the "business of medicine", Dr. Casal did what so many business owners have to do - learn as they go, and he know runs one of the most respected solo practices in our region, Women's Health Services. In this podcast, Dr. Casal shares his advice about balancing his two passions in life: family and work. Full of wisdom and lots of laughs, this episode gives our audience a glimpse behind the curtain of one of our local social celebrities and the causes that are close to his heart. Between their YouTube channel and appearances on Family Fued, the Casal's know how to work hard AND play hard! You don't want to miss this one!
Fun, informative, and I’m soo Excited 😉that it’s finally on iTunes so I won’t miss another episode!
If you live in Cookeville, you need to be listening to this podcast! If you are an entrepreneur in Cookeville, these are your PEOPLE. It’s inspiring, refueling, informative and fun. I get just as excited as Zack to listen to interviews of movers and shakers, doers and givers in this Won-der-ful town that we are Blessed to call home. Subscribe, listen, and I hope you find yourself inspired to contribute just a tiny bit more to your community. Support those who do great things for others! I’ll hop off my soap box now...but don’t wait another minute, ya got a lot of catching up to do.