The Last Word: Rob Upchurch on His Favorite ‘Innovate Fort Worth’ Podcast Guest of 2023

When you work with all of these innovators behind the scenes, it’s hard to pick just one!

Rob Upchurch
Technical Producer
“Innovate Fort Worth” Podcast
.…on picking his favorite podcast guest in 2023, via Sparkyard.

Cameron Cushman, Assistant VP of Innovation Ecosystems at HSC Fort Worth, is host of the “Innovate Fort Worth” podcast, Powered by UNT Health Science Center, the podcast shares the stories of the city’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and investors—and highlights the resources available to bring ideas to market.

The podcast is just one of the resources of Sparkyard, a free platform that connects entrepreneurs with resources and provides information about the local startup community through data analysis, guest blog posts and other informational sources.

Sparkyard asked Cushman and his podcast team who their favorite guest was in 2023.

Cushman chose John Goff, managing director at Fort Worth’s Goff Capital Partners, calling him “a great local businessman” who’s “been in Fort Worth since the early 1980s. He has helped grow and transform this city during his career. I can’t think of someone who has done more for innovation in Fort Worth in the last few years.”  

Most recently, Goff saw Canyon Ranch, a luxury destination spa company his firm acquired in 2017, open Canyon Ranch Wellness Club in the new Crescent Hotel complex in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

Upchurch picked two guests, including DJ Perera (“I think it’s absolutely wonderful what he’s doing for students in the Eagle Mountain Saginaw school district. He is teaching them to be innovative and entrepreneurial with their craft and their art forms”) and Scotty Scott (“I’m a big-time foodie, so I love all things about food.”)

Kendel Rogers, outreach specialist for HSC Next and Sparkyard, said her two favorites were Jose Alfaro from CO. STARTERS (“We’re so lucky to have him in Fort Worth running this national organization from right here in our hometown”) and Karen Meadows from the Simulation Labs at HSC (“Her work is so important for the future of medical education for our students and for future providers in our area”).

Sparkyard was in the news recently when HSC Fort Worth handed over operations of the platform to Tamara Payne, CEO and co-founder of Ensemble Coworking, after four years of successful implementation.

For more of who said what about all things North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

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