SPx #38 - Michael Pastreich - The Florida Orchestra

On this episode of SPx, Joe and Ashley are joined in the studio by Michael Pastreich. At the time of the recording, Pastreich was in his final days as the President and CEO of the Florida Orchestra. He has since stepped down from his position after 12 years of breathing life into the organization. In this acumen-rich episode, Pastreich shares stories of growing up surrounded by symphonies, the power of music, and its transformational impact on the larger community. He talks the essentials of board composition, breaking organizations out of crisis, and why he doesn't believe in vision.

Read more

Banyan Cafe & Catering changes ownership

After a decade of breakfast sandwiches on tasty Cuban bread, homemade soups and cup after cup after cup of steaming coffee, Erica Allums has parted ways with Banyan Café & Catering, one of St. Pete’s favorite small restaurants.

Allums sold both the MLK and Central Avenue locations last week to Tampa Bay Caffeine, Inc., which plans to continue the distinctive menu and funky/chic vibe. “Erica had a great place,” said company chief Hernan Nova. “It’s not broken, so we’re not going to try to fix it.”

Read more

A new tax break for impact investing has arrived [InvestmentNews]

'Opportunity zones' give investors a way to get big capital-gains tax breaks

Read more


Seth Godin

The Truth About Your Calling With Seth Godin & Marie Forleo

Read more

The Hustle

Alli Arnold

Arnold's whimsical illustrations are endearing and inviting; they transport the viewer into a highly creative, imaginative world where life is imitated in witty, brilliant strokes.

Read more



With revenues reaching $3.5 billion, and more than 26,000 employees, BayCare is one of the largest private companies in West Central Florida.

Read more

The Shuffle

Taylor Withers

Geneka Green
Speer YMCA


Jane Buckman
Imagine Museum

Focus: Exit

Exit Interview

A series of conversations about being fired, retired, aged out, and laid off.


August 6

Aug 30

October 10


The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green [CityLab]

A new study finds turning vacant lots into green space can improve the mental health of residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

Read more

Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter