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Nick Bergfeld

Nick is the Around Town host on Texas Tech Public Media, and a sustainable economic development consultant based on the High Plains. He graduated with his bachelors’ in biochemistry and psychology from Texas Tech University, and his medical doctorate from the Yale School of Medicine and master’s in public policy from Harvard’s School of Government.

Nick can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter @nickbergfeld.

  • Our guest is George McMahan - an avid motorcycle enthusiast and residential land developer.He shares his early life growing up in Smithville Tx and moving to Lubbock to go to Texas Tech.George was as the longtime owner of “Honda of Lubbock” and discusses his very successful residential land developments including Papalote South and a large area of the Milwaukee avenue development.George and his wife Linda have made many contributions to Lubbock and Texas Tech.
  • Our guest is Mindy Brashears Professor and Director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech University and Former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety of United States.Dr. Brashears shares her story of being the former Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety of United States during the pandemic. She also discusses her many contributions to food safety.
  • Our guest is Coach Todd Duncan LCU men’s basketball head coach.Coach Duncan shares his burning desire as a young boy to play college basketball.He discusses his journey to play for the Red Raiders, becoming the men’s basketball head coach at LCU and his coaching philosophies.
  • Steve Fritzler Vice President, Production at Leprino FoodsSteve discusses Leprino Foods plans of a new, state-of-the-art 850,000 square foot dairy manufacturing facility in Lubbock, Texas.The new Lubbock site represents an $870 million capital investment and is expected to employ approximately 600 full-time personnel when it is fully operational. The facility will produce mozzarella cheese and dairy ingredients.
  • Adam Pirtle - Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of NorthWest TexasAdam discusses his experiences in social justice advocacy in Lubbock, and the challenges with resolving the legacy of industrial zoning in Northern and Eastern parts of the city.
  • Taysha Williams Managing Director of Texas Tech University’s iHub.Taysha discusses her journey to fostering business startups at Texas Tech University’s iHub at Research Park.She shares her natural pursuit of leadership opportunities, some iHub success stories and the values she wants to see her children embody.
  • Guest is Paul Hunton Texas Tech Public MediaPaul has been there 11 years, 7 of those years as the general manager.Paul shares the story of his journey to Lubbock. He discusses the growth of TTU Public Media and his thoughts on the future of Lubbock and Public Media!
  • Larry Simmons owner of Tornado Industrial Arts and the Downtown Farmers Market.Larry shares his experiences working in the heyday of Lubbock’s 70's, 80's and 90's music scene and nightlife.His character and dedication to building a better community for downtown earned him the moniker of the “Mayor of Downtown”. Larry also discusses his activities to bring public art all throughout the city.
  • Jaa’far Abdullah discusses his life journey to becoming the founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of GEO, a non-profit focused on creating second chances for members of society returning from prison.While studying philosophy at Texas Tech, a poor life decision on how to finance is education led to his own incarceration. Jaa’far was the first winner of the Texas Tech University iHub’s Social Innovation Competition! He now uses the grit and leadership skills he’s developed to create job opportunities for people that carry the stigma of having been incarcerated.
  • Our guest is Brianne van Reenen - Founder and Curator of "Wild Lark Books".Brianne discusses how a lifelong love of books led her to leave the stability of her job as a marketing director to pursue her dream to open Lubbock’s first independent bookstore and publishing house, Wild Lark Books.She describes her motivations for focusing on creating a community of book lovers and writers in West Texas. Brianne shares the deeply sentimental origins of the bookstore’s interior design and its complimentary tea cart!