Cole Pepper

Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard from Jacksonville attorney Richard Vermut (02:02) about a lawsuit that threatens to remove Google’s trademark. This month’s “First Coast Success” segment features Benjamin Hakimian from Hakimian Holdings (25:04). We spoke with E-file.com co-founder Aaron Rosenthal (34:18), and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (41:01).  


  Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we heard reaction to the latest report released by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding the El Faro’s sinking with local maritime attorney Rod Sullivan (01:12). We got an on-the-scene preview of Monday’s Great American Eclipse with WJCT’s video producer Carlos Bouvier, who is in South Carolina for the big show (20:45). Jeff Spear, president of Studio Spear in Jacksonville Beach, told us about his company’s marketing products around the world (30:32), and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news, including the Jaguars’ growing quarterback controversy (45:04). 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we heard local reaction to Saturday’s deadly attack on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and about a movement to get Confederate monuments removed in Jacksonville with Ben Frazier from the Jacksonville Northside Coalition and activist Matt Killen from Take Em Down Jax (01:03). We hear about the launch of Connectable Jax with Susan Edelman, vice president of communications at the Community Foundation, and Susan Bell, whose daughter Megan has Down syndrome and is featured in the campaign (32:32). And Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (41:47).  

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we heard from City Council member Bill Gulliford about a possible lawsuit filed by the city of Jacksonville against opioid manufacturers (01:08). Author Michael Gordon Bennett told us about his new book, “Rusty’s War: A Battle of the Mind,” (34:26) and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (43:06). 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with John O’Brien (01:15), professor at Flagler College and CEO of the Vista Consulting Group, about Social Security reform. Our “First Coast Success” segment featured former CEO and philanthropist Barbara Drake (37:30), and Cole Pepper (45:26) brought us the latest sports news. 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green (01:12) about his new book, “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency.” Local attorney Michael Stanski (14:09) discussed federal security clearance laws and whether Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner should have his clearance revoked. The Arc Jacksonville CEO Jim Whitaker and Steve Kelly (30:54) from Everbank told us about a new job program to benefit workers with disabilities, and Cole Pepper (44:48) brought us the latest sports news.  


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” University of North Florida political science Professor Matt Corrigan (01:03) talked about a local connection to the scandal involving Russia and the Trump administration. We spoke with author Ryan Cragun (21:47) ahead of his talk Monday night with the First Coast Freethought Society and Cole Pepper (38:19) brought us this week’s sports news.  

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we talked about local transportation projects with Florida Department of Transportation spokespeople Ron Tittle, Odette Struys and Mary Justino (01:03). Organizer Laura Bearl (37:48) told us about the upcoming Swim Shorts Film Festival, and Cole Pepper (44:02) talked about sports news including the Sharks arena football championship game Monday night at Veterans Arena. 


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Jim Murley (01:20), chief resilience Officer for Miami-Dade County, on the threat of sea level rise. This month’s edition of “First Coast Success” features Lee and Cates Glass CEO Tommy Lee III (31:58). We heard the story behind a tombstone found at a home build in Springfield with TerraWise Homes owners David and Melody Shacter, and Springfield historian Jeff Gardner (40:19) and Cole Pepper (46:26) brought us the latest sports news.   


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with author Haroon Moghul (00:55) about his new memoir “How to Be a Muslim.” We were also joined by retired North Atlantic Treaty Organization commander Admiral James Stavridis (28:43), who talked about his new book “Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans.” Habijax CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke (40:27) gave us a preview of the 2017 Women’s Build, and Cole Pepper (47:26) brought us the latest sports news.   


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we marked the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting with director of the University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center Kaitlin Legg and Brendan Byrne (01:04), reporter for WMFE in Orlando. We heard how to be financially ready for hurricane season with Gerri Sexsion (22:24), president and CEO of Jax Federal Credit Union. We talked about June being Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month with Eldersource Institute Executive Director Linda Levin and director of Business Innovation Heidi Katz (29:56). Cole Pepper (43:51) brought us the latest sports news.  

 

Monday on “First Coast Connect,” we have an update on the possible development on Cumberland Island with former St. Mary’s (Georgia) City Councilman Sam Colville and Jamie Ferguson (01:01), a member of the extended Carnegie family, who owns the island. We spoke with Zachary Schwartz (31:38), the developer of the app intoGo. University of North Florida program director Wanda Lastrapes (39:14) told us about the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program and Cole Pepper (45:13) talked about a great week for Jacksonville sports teams.   


         

  Monday on “First Coast Connect,” attorney John Phillips (1:03) talked about what’s next in the case of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5). We spoke with David Feuerstein (23:10) from the New York-based Feuerstein Kulick law firm on why medical marijuana legislation is so slow moving in Florida. Health Designs founder and CEO Ann Sabbag (40:50) talked about the future of workplace wellness, and WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper (44:45) discussed a historic PLAYERS Championship. 


Monday on “First Coast Connect” it’s Sine Die in the Florida State Legislature. We spoke with Florida Times-Union Tallahassee bureau chief Tia Mitchell (1:09). We learned the warning signs of stroke with Dr. Nima Aghaebrahim (28:11), interventional neurologist with Baptist Health and the Baptist Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center. We discussed an upcoming trip to Jacksonville’s Sister City of Nantes, France, with Sheila Kloc (34:34) of Alliance Francaise and Richard Shieldhouse with the Nantes Committee. THE PLAYERS Championship volunteer chairman Kevin English (43:03) talked about the 2,000 volunteers at TPC this week, and Cole Pepper (46:33)  talked local sports.   

Monday on “First Coast Connect" we talked about education with Duval County School Board member 

Becki Couch and Jacksonville Public Education Fund executive director Trey Csar. We heard about telemedicine with Triage Logic CEO Charu Raheja. Cole Pepper reviewed the Jaguars selections in the NFL draft, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Piotr Szewczyk talked about an upcoming free concert during Wednesday’s Artwalk.  


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