97 episodes

St Pete X features business and civic leaders in St. Petersburg Florida who share their insight, expertise and love of our special city. An initiative of the St. Petersburg Group, St Pete X strives to connect and elevate the city by sharing the voices of its citizens, and to bring awareness to the opportunities offered by the great St. Petersburg renaissance.

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St Pete X features business and civic leaders in St. Petersburg Florida who share their insight, expertise and love of our special city. An initiative of the St. Petersburg Group, St Pete X strives to connect and elevate the city by sharing the voices of its citizens, and to bring awareness to the opportunities offered by the great St. Petersburg renaissance.

    Ep. 97: Peter Golenbock - Author

    Ep. 97: Peter Golenbock - Author

    In this episode we welcome renowned author, sports historian and St Petersburg resident Peter Golenbock. With a seasoned eye on the game and a pen that has chronicled baseball's most pivotal moments, Peter brings a unique perspective on how the sport has evolved amidst today's fast-paced, technologically driven world. We also dig into the current debate around the pending Rays stadium deal and more. 

    • 46 min
    Ep. 96: Mark Mahaffey

    Ep. 96: Mark Mahaffey

    A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a U.S. Naval officer veteran, Mark Mahaffey joined his father’s business in 1969. Today, he is Chairman of the Board of The Mahaffey Companies, one of the largest family-owned real estate companies in Florida. St. Petersburg’s Mahaffey Theater bears his family’s name. In this edition of SPx, Mahaffey discusses his amazing life journey, as chronicled in his 2023 memoir “The Pathfinder.” In the book, subtitled “Finding the Right Path,” Mahaffey recognizes the defining moments that were the tailwinds to his considerable success.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ken LaRoe - Climate First Bank

    Ken LaRoe - Climate First Bank

    Ken LaRoe is the founder of Climate First Bank, which is his third bank. After the very successful sale of Florida Choice Bank, his first, LaRoe and his wife Cindy rented a small RV to travel the country. For that trip LaRoe's brother gave him a copy of Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard's book, Let My People Go Surfing. It proved to be a transformational read. In this episode of SPx we explore that transition into values based banking as well as entrepreneurial banking as a whole.   

    • 40 min
    Andreas Calabrese - TampaBay.Ventures

    Andreas Calabrese - TampaBay.Ventures

    After looking for every reason not to open a fund in Tampa Bay, the founders of TampaBay.Ventures found the value to compelling to deny. They stood up a fund and the man who runs the day to day operations, Andreas Calabrease, is our guest on this episode. 

    • 35 min
    Karen DeYoung - Washington Post

    Karen DeYoung - Washington Post

    Washington Post associate editor and senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung is Joe’s guest on today’s SPX podcast. DeYoung, who has been with the Post for nearly 50 years, grew up in St. Petersburg, and wrote for the St. Petersburg Times in the early 1970s. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses her many years as a foreign correspondent, her encounters with global heads of state and her love of travel – along with her thoughts on the role of the journalist in today’s society, objectivity vs. subjectivity, and what it’s like to have Jeff Bezos for a boss (Bezos purchased the Post in 2013). 

    • 51 min
    Marcus Brooks - Center for Health Equity

    Marcus Brooks - Center for Health Equity

    A fourth-generation St. Petersburg native, Marcus Brooks passionately believes in absolute equity on every level, and as the executive director of the Center for Health Equity, he is fully invested in what he calls the “collaboration and connectivity” needed to achieve both physical wellness, racial balance, empathy and understanding in the city (and county) he loves. His daily affirmation: “Whatever gifts you are believed to have, are not yours. They were gifted to you for a finite amount of time, to be passed on and used in service of others.” 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Rube89 ,

Exceptional

The podcast are interesting and allows the listener a back row seat into the area that is, St Petersburg. I visited the area from the US Midwest in 2022. I was enthralled by what I saw. Upon returning home to Illinois, I began devouring all things St. Pete. I came across the podcast while reading The Catalyst, an online newspaper that provides a plethora of information about St. Pete. I spent an entire night listening to these podcast. I find St Pete even more alluring after having heard them. What an excellent platform this podcast is for St Petersburg, Florida. I’m sold on it.

FullRabb ,

Great listen

Great conversations on all things St. Pete.

Erin B. of St. Pete ,

Must listen for any St. Pete local!!

I look forward to this podcast every week. It's great to have a resource like this that helps you not only feel like a more informed citizen but also just a member of the community. Great interviews of local people doing their best to make our city better, which motivates you to do the same. I love hearing the back stories of some of my favorite local businesses/institutions and the people behind them and knowing that I could run into them just going about my day. This podcast really shows how inspirational our city is and makes you want to get involved!

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