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Jordy Searcy at the Intersection of Luck, Talent, and Hard Work

Jordy Searcy came to the American public’s attention in 2014 – at the age of 21 – when he appeared on NBC’s The Voice. But getting there didn’t happen overnight. While growing up in Fairhope, Alabama, he began writing his own music when he was 12 years old and started performing as an artist at the […]

Michael Long Sails for The Future of Florida’s Kids

While a student at New College of Florida, Michael Long developed a passion for sailing. He later channeled that passion into developing a nonprofit organization called SailFuture. As a direct alternative to incarceration, SailFuture works with prosecutors, public defenders, and judges to identify youth at risk of being incarcerated and to determine if they are […]

Matt Hires Fights a Ghost

Matt Hires describes himself as an “introvert.” He was homeschooled, so it’s likely he didn’t have a guidance counselor advise him that earning a living playing music in front of live audiences might not be the best career choice. Born in Orlando, raised in Tampa, Matt’s first introduction to playing music was when his parents first […]

Evan Marcus Delivers a Franchise, Dude

Episode 27 of the Agents of Innovation podcast features an interview with Evan Marcus, co-owner of a Delivery Dudes franchise in midtown Miami. Delivery Dudes is the nation’s premier restaurant food delivery service, delivering for the best local restaurants in your local town. With 46 franchises in 4 states (37 of them in Florida), Delivery […]

Career Builder John Crossman Balances Seasons of Life

John Crossman is the youngest inductee into the Florida State University Business School Hall of Fame (he was just 43 when they inducted him in 2013). He is the President of Crossman & Company, one of the most successful commercial real estate companies in Florida. He has an honorary degree from the University of Florida […]

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