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“The Duke of Franchising” - Jay Duke, National Managing Partner at BDO
Dec 14 • 26 min
We really enjoyed sitting down with Jay Duke this past September while at Springboard Event for Emerging Franchisors. Jay has been in franchising for over 30 years and he is the National Managing Director at the #1 ranked accounting firm for franchise…
Millennial Monthly with Wings Over CEO Dan Leyva
Dec 10 • 26 min
In this Millennial Monthly edition of Modrn Business, host Zack Fishman sits down with the CEO of Wings Over, Dan Leyva. We talk through the story behind how Dan got involved, some new technological innovations in the brand and some creative ways they…
American Family Care: Paige Robinson & Sean Hart Chat with Zack
Dec 3 • 36 min
In this really exciting episode, co-host Zack Fishman jumps on the phone with friends Paige Robinson (Director of Franchise Development) and Sean Hart (VP of Franchise Development) for American Family Care. In this discussion, we talk through what it’s…
CKE Restaurants with Marc Mushkin
Dec 2 • 32 min
While down in Miami Beach for vacation, Zack got to have lunch with an expert in international franchise development: Marc Mushkin, VP of International Sales & Development for CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, for those who aren’t good with…
O2E Brands with Managing DirectorJames Alisch
Nov 26 • 29 min
In this exclusive episode, Zack Fishman chats with Manager Director of O2E Brands, James Alisch. In this episode, we talk through some exciting ways that the portfolio companies under O2E differentiates themselves, how they plan to deal with the Amazon…
Red Boswell 009 - One Cannabis With Justin Livingston
Nov 19 • 34 min
In his 9th guest hosted episode while we were on tour, IFPG President catches up with Justin Livingston of One Cannabis.
Red Boswell 008 - City Wide With Jeff Odo
Nov 18 • 26 min
In his 8th guest hosted episode while we were on tour, IFPG President catches up with Jeff Odo of City Wide Franchising.
Valyant AI With Rob Carpenter - Podcast
Nov 17 • 36 min
In this special interview with one of the F.com sponsors, Valyant AI’s CEO Rob Carpenter, we bring you one of the aspects of franchising this host definitely didn’t know much about: artificial intelligence. Rob provides insight on how AI is being used in…
Red Boswell 007 - P3 Cost Analysts With Aaron Stahl
Nov 17 • 16 min
In his 7th guest hosted episode while we were on tour, IFPG President catches up with Aaron Stahl from P3 Cost analysts to explore the business opportunity.
Scissors & Scotch With Sean, Erik & Tanner
Nov 16 • 43 min
In our final in-person discussion of the tour, the boys make a pitstop in Overland Park, Kansas for an interview with the three founders of Scissors & Scotch: Erik Anderson, Sean Finley and Tanner Wiles. In this chat (over drinks, of course), we discuss…
Title Boxing Club With Susan, Josh, James & Anna - Podcast
Nov 16 • 39 min
On the very last stop of the tour, the team visits TITLE Boxing HQ to meet with three three of their dynamic leaders: President Susan Boresow, Josh Lyon, VP of Franchise Operations and James Lloyd, Franchise Development Manager. During this conversation…
Red Boswell 006 - Surface Experts With Jacob Grady
Nov 15 • 20 min
In his 6th guest hosted episode while we were on tour, IFPG President catches up with Jacob Grady from Surface Experts to discuss the founding story, the business opportunity, and more.
Denny’s With Chief Global Development Officer Steve Dunn
Nov 15 • 32 min
Due to time constraints, we unfortunately didn’t have time to interview Denny’s Chief Global Development Officer, Steve Dunn, when we went to visit their HQ. Luckily, Steve was gracious enough to hop back on the phone with us! In this interview, co-host…
Red Boswell 005 - College Hunks Hauling Junk With Dana Hansen
Nov 14 • 26 min
In his 5th guest hosted episode while we were on tour, IFPG President catches up with CHHJ’s very own Dana Hansen to review their business opportunity in more detail.
SE Brands/Anytime Fitness With Co-Founder Dave, VP of Ops JY & Basecamp President Jed
Nov 14 • 40 min
In the home stretch of the 7 week long summer tour, the team navigates to the magnificent SE Brands Headquarters to meet with Co-Founder & President Dave Mortensen, VP of Operations Jennifer Yiangou, and President of newly acquired Basecamp Fitness for a…
Franchise Times With Editor Laura Michaels
Nov 13 • 31 min
After the long trip from Chicago to Minneapolis, the F.com team head over to the offices of FranchiseTimes to turn the tables and interview Editor Laura Michaels. In this podcast, we walk through what goes into the FranchiseTimes Top 200+, some trends…
Moran Brands With CEO Barb Moran
Nov 13 • 51 min
After a great discussion with Susan Beth and an awesome lunch at Portillo’s (thanks again Barb) we sit down with dynamic mother/daughter duo, Moran Family of Brands CEO Barb Moran and Director of Marketing Amanda Ploger. In this chat, we talk about what’s…
NRD Capital With COO Susan Beth
Nov 12 • 36 min
Fresh off of sleeping in real beds at the Fishman house, the boys head out to the offices of Moran Family of Brands. Along the way, we convinced our good friend and NRD Capital COO Susan Beth to come join us for a quick interview! In this discussion, we…
Clarity Voice With CEO Gary Goerke - A Chat on Culture
Nov 12 • 12 min
Another stop in Detroit Michigan takes us to the offices of Clarity Voice, a supplier sponsor who does business with a number of great brands that we’ve met along the way. In this interview, Ryan Hicks sits with Clarity Voice CEO Gary Goerke to discuss…
Zoup With Partner Richard Simtob & Director of Franchise Development Richard Zimmer
Nov 11 • 22 min
Before their trip to the Windy City, the boys stop by Zoup HQ to chat with Partner Richard Simtob and Zoup’s Director of Franchise Development, Richard Zimmer. In this discussion, we talk about some of the new technological advancements on the horizon,…
Franworth With CEO John Rotche & President Dave Keil
Nov 11 • 56 min
The boys make their way to the shadows of the University of Michigan’s Big House to chat with FranWorth CEO John Rotche and President Dave Keil. In this discussion, we go through some exciting new investments FranWorth has made, their strategies for…
Entrepreneur Ranking Podcast with Ryan and Zack
Nov 8 • 15 min
In this quick riff between co-hosts Ryan Hicks and Zack Fishman, we reflect on some of our awesome sponsors we had along the tour. 7 sponsors were in the Entrepreneur Top Supplier List, 6 of which were #1. Congrats to all of our sponsors and thank you for…
Women In Franchising 006 With Co-Founder Heather Hudson Of 9Round
Nov 8 • 24 min
With a desire to change people’s lives in a positive way, Heather Hudson and her husband Shannon Hudson set out to create a unique fitness concept that was unlike anything the world had seen before: a 9-circuit, 30-minute kickboxing fitness concept. After…
Pet Supplies Plus With COO Miles Tedder
Nov 8 • 26 min
Due to major demand in the great State of Michigan, co-host Zack Fishman jets to Pet Supplies HQ to chat with COO Miles Tedder (and of course, Phoebe the cockatoo). In this episode, we talk about some amazing programs that PSP provides for their…
Goldfish Swim School With COO Andrew McCuiston
Nov 7 • 39 min
The guys make a much anticipated visit to Goldfish Swim School’s HQ to hang out close friend and co-founder/COO, Andrew McCuiston. In this chat, we talk about the origin story of Goldfish, some awesome new programs/partnerships they have recently…
Ziebart With Senior Franchise Development Manager Amanda House & Director of Marketing Larisa Walega
Nov 7 • 46 min
Finishing out a long day of travel, the gang sits down for a great interview with Ziebart Director of Marketing, Larisa Walega and their Senior Franchise Development Manager, Amanda House. In this interview, we talk through some new initiatives on the…
Marco’s Pizza With COO Tony Libardi
Nov 6 • 30 min
The F.com crew continues their way North to Toledo, Ohio to sit down with Marco’s President & COO, Tony Libardi. In this episode, we talk about how Marco’s sets themselves apart from the other “big” pizza franchisors, how they are adjusting to the…
Quaker Steak And Lube With VP of Operations Bruce Lane
Oct 30 • 29 min
After a very long trip from the East Coast, we kick off our Midwest swing in Cleveland with Quaker Steak & Lube VP of Operations and Franchise Services, Bruce Lane. In this segment, we discuss QSL’s approach to operational excellence, their methodology…
Just Between Friends With CEO Shannon Wilburn
Oct 30 • 34 min
Continuing his adventure as a young man in a big city, co-host Zack Fishman makes his way into Midtown Manhattan to catch-up with one of his favorite people (who was coincidentally in town for the weekend), Just Between Friends CEO Shannon Wilburn. In…
Franchise Growth Solutions With CEO Gary Ochiogrosso
Oct 29 • 36 min
While the rest of the F.com crew visited with some local franchisees in New Jersey, co-host Zack Fishman made his way towards the biggest city in the world, New York City. At a quick pit stop at aptly named bar called Zack’s in Hoboken, NJ (even the…
Jersey Mike’s With COO Mike Manzo
Oct 29 • 25 min
In an episode that sees co-host Zack Fishman fangirl on a least multiple occasions (his order is the #8 Mike’s Way, btw) we sit down with Jersey Mike’s COO Michael Manzo at JM’s HQ on the Jersey Shore. We discuss their creative approach to operational…
Rita’s With CEO Linda Chadwick
Oct 28 • 26 min
Continuing our Philly franchise adventures (mainly fueled by one of our major tour sponsors, Lane Fisher of Fisher Zucker, the F.com Summer Tour team has a dessert-filled day with Rita’s CEO, Linda Chadwick and her amazing team (shout-out to Lori…
Kamgrounds Of America With CMO Whitney Scott
Oct 28 • 26 min
On our ride to the Nation’s Capital, co-host Zack Fishman jumps on the host with the brand CMO that has HOSTED us throughout the tour, KOA CMO Whitney Hepp. Aside from going through our favorite RV parks, we discuss methods behind choosing a location,…
Saladworks With VP of Franchise Development Eric Lavinder
Oct 26 • 27 min
In a crazy day of podcasting, the F.com Summer Tour team makes a pitstop at Saladworks HQ to chat with Eric Lavinder, VP of Franchise Development for the brand. In this chat, we discuss how Saladworks has been standing out amongst their competitors, their…
Dental Fix RX With CRO Scott Mortier
Oct 26 • 24 min
Our team was lucky enough to have DentalFixRx CRO Scott Mortier fly into DC for this fantastic interviewing overlooking the White House. In this discussion, we explore DentalFix’s parent company, Dental Whale, Scott’s opinions on content in franchise…
IFA With President Robert Cresanti
Oct 25 • 35 min
Our team hustled it to Washington DC after our morning meeting with Chris Grandpre of Outdoor Living brands, and to make it in for episode number two of the day on time we literally parked our bus on K. We had the pleasure of hosting the President of the…
Outdoor Living Brands With CEO Chris Grandpre
Oct 25 • 42 min
We really enjoyed this conversation with Chris Grandpre, the Chairman and CEO of Outdoor Living Brands, which is a multi franchise brand platform. Chris walked us through an update since he was last on the podcast in early 2018, which included: the…
Buzz Franchise Brands With CMO Angela Paules & COO Bryan Garrison
Oct 24 • 35 min
On Day #24 we got to swing by the BUZZ FRANCHISE BRANDS office and catch up with Angela Paules, Chief Marketing Officer and Brian Garrison, Chief Operating Officer. In the episode we explore their brand portfolio and brand platform, learn about their…
Get Fried & East Coast Wings Team Talk About The New Vision
Oct 24 • 27 min
In this episode, Zack Fishman Sits down with the team at East Coast Wings and learns about the new portfolio addition of Get Fried, and MUCH more! SPONSORS: SCORPION INTERNET MARKETING: www.Scorpion.co/mb Named the #1 franchise marketing company in…
Loyalty Brands With CMO Martha O’Gorman & Jack Seals
Oct 23 • 25 min
On a quick stop in Virginia Beach (we didn’t make it to the beach, unfortunately) our team got to catch up with Loyalty Brands CMO Martha O’Gorman (and her adorable puppy). In this episode, we discuss Martha’s journey with Loyalty Brands CEO John Hewitt,…
Christian Brothers Automotive With VP of Franchise Development Josh Barker
Oct 23 • 27 min
Driving through insane rain on the beginnings of our adventure on I-95, co-host Zack Fishman catches up with Josh Barker, VP of Franchise Development for Christian Brother Automotive. In this podcast, Josh goes through CBA’s culture and how it helps them…
Chicken Salad Chick With VP Of Marketing Tom Carr
Oct 22 • 36 min
This is a late post (as we recorded this on Friday of week 2) but we really enjoyed this discussion on DAY 12 of the tour with Tom Carr, VP of Marketing at Chicken Salad Chick. In this episode we learn briefly about Tom’s career journey then we get in to…
ISi Elite Training with CEO Adam Rice
Oct 22 • 25 min
Fresh off a fantastic weekend in Charlotte with our sponsor, Rob Cambruzzi of RPM Group, our team returns to his offices to interview an up-and-comer in the boutique fitness industry in Adam Rice, CEO of ISIElite Training. In this segment, we discuss…
A Discussion with Chris Fisher, Founder and CEO of Shine Window Care.
Oct 22 • 44 min
In this episode, Justin Mink Hosts Chris Fisher, CEO of Shine Window Care. In addition to his role as a franchisor, Chris and his wife are raising a family of six (including three children adopted from Africa) and take several mission trips every year to…
A Conversation with Pam Harper, 20 Year Franchise Industry Veteran
Oct 21 • 56 min
In this episode, Pam and Justin discuss Pam’s 20+ year experience in the franchise industry, including her pivotal role in overseeing the digital transformation at one of the largest franchise holding companies in the world, the importance of building and…
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, with CEO Charles Watson
Oct 21 • 40 min
In this episode Ryan sits down with Charles Watson, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Please don’t mind the background noise because we recorded at J Alexanders in Atlanta. Follow Us On Facebook and LinkedIn: @MODRNbusiness @Zjfishman (insta too)…
Paul Flick Of Premium Service Brands with Justin Mink
Oct 7 • 42 min
Justin Mink interviews the CEO of Premium Service Brands, Paul Flick. Premium Service Brands is comprised of: —>360˚ Painting —>ProLift Garage Doors —>Handyman Pro —>Maid Right Follow Us On Facebook and LinkedIn: @MODRNbusiness @Zjfishman (insta too)…
Scott Griffiths, Founder Of 18/8 Fine Mens Salon’s and Griffs Ace Grooming & Shave Bars
Oct 7 • 26 min
Listen in as Guest Host Red Boswell (President Of IFPG) interviews Scott Griffiths, Founder Of 18/8 Fine Mens Salon’s and Griffs Ace Grooming & Shave Bars.
Chick-fil-A with Dee Ann Turner: On Culture and How This Iconic Brand Began
Oct 7 • 25 min
We recorded this episode inside of the Dwarf House right outside of downtown ATL, which is renown as the first ever Chick-Fil-A location. We had the pleasure of being treated to lunch while we podcasted with Dee Ann Turner, who served as the VP of Culture…
An Interview with Paul Linenberg, President of Gotcha Covered
Sep 25 • 49 min
As Gotcha Covered celebrates the opening of their 100th franchise unit, Justin and Paul have a wide ranging discussion about building tech that is simple and useful for end users, the state of marketing attribution in the digital age, guarding against an…
The Max Challenge: with CEO Bryan Klein and Red Boswell
Sep 25 • 21 min
Enjoy this business opportunity review (the third in a mini series during the summer tour hosted by IFPG President Red Boswell) Red has a discussion with Bryan Klein, CEO and Founder Of The Max Challange.
The Founders of 9Round Fitness, Shannon “the Cannon” & Heather Hudson
Sep 24 • 31 min
This episode marked the start of week 3 of the summer podcast tour, and it was fun to be joined by the Founders of 9Round, Shannon “the cannon” and Heather Hudson. In this episode we learn about the roots of 9Round, and discuss how they went from Zero to…
Firehouse Subs CEO Don Fox
Sep 24 • 43 min
It was an honor to sit down with Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs on Day #19 of our journey. Don is an iconic guy in the restaurant industry (and in franchising) and has a TON to share with you in this episode. As a 45 year hospitality industry veteran, I…
The Spice And Tea Exchange with Penny Rehling
Sep 24 • 28 min
This was an especially fun stop because Zack and I were given a private tour of the facility and we walked a way with a ton of treats, even CANDLES to make our bus smell better. Enjoy this conversation where we talked all things Spice And Tea Exchange,…
US Lawns, with Dave Wells & Brandon Moxam
Sep 24 • 38 min
The Podcast crew was fresh and rested on this episode after a few days relaxing in Florida at Zacks LOVELY grandparents place. In this chat we explore everything from best practices in franchise development, to advancing technology, to B2B marketing…
How Pigtails & Crewcuts Is Setting Themselves Apart with Michelle Holliman, VP Franchise Development
Sep 17 • 24 min
In this episode of Modrn Business, Zack Fishman dives into the exciting children’s salon space with Pigtails & Crewcuts’ VP of Franchise Development, Michelle Holliman. We take a look at how Pigtails & Crewcuts differentiates themselves, what type of…
Omar Soliman, Co Founder Of College Hunks Hauling Junk
Sep 16 • 26 min
On Day 1 of week #3 on the SUMMER PODCAST - we find ourselves in Tampa Florida meeting with the Co Founder Of College Hunks Hauling Junk. In this episode we explore a lot, including: the roots of the. Brand, Omar and Nicks big Shark Tank pitch, Vivid…
Zack Fishman talks with Terri Harof from Workout Anytime
Sep 16 • 26 min
In this discussion, our second to last stop in Atlanta, Zack Fishman sits with Teri Harof (Director Of Franchise Development) at Workout Anytime and reviews the franchise opportunity and much more! Share: Follow Us On Facebook and LinkedIn: @MODRNbusiness…
A Chat with Kristen Hartman, President of Cinnabon & Carvel
Sep 9 • 20 min
This was a fun stop in Atlanta because of two reasons. First we recorded this short yet value packed Podcast with Kristen Hartman, the President of Cinnabon and Carvel. Secondly, we had a huge platter of special treats waiting for us in the kitchen and we…
Floor Coverings International CMO Mark Montini
Sep 9 • 28 min
In this Podcast Zack, sits with friend and mentor Mark Montini, the Chief Marketing Officer of Floor Coverings International (a leading mobile flooring business). Zack and Mark chat all things marketing, PR, franchising and more. Please be sure to hit the…
A Chat with Pinch A Penny CDO Michael Arrowsmith
Sep 6 • 40 min
On this episode, Zack Fishman sits down with Pinch A Penny’s CDO Michael Arrowsmith to discuss the differentiators for the brand, how they use technology to set themselves apart and Pinch A Penny’s plan for the next 12-24 months. Follow Us On Facebook and…
Millennial Monthly with Junkluggers CEO Josh Cohen
Sep 6 • 30 min
On this Millennial Monthly episode of Modrn Business, Zack Fishman spends some time with Junkluggers CEO Josh Cohen to learn how he came up with the concept, how he caters to millennial franchise candidates and what Junkluggers does to market to the young…
Justin Mink Interview with Neal Courtney, CEO of Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids
Sep 6 • 52 min
With over 100 locations open and 275 units sold, Cookie Cutters is one of the fastest growing franchises in the industry and THE fastest growing children’s hair salon. In this interview, Neal dives in to his philosophy on smart business growth and the…
Harris Research: Business Opportunity Review with Zack Fishman
Sep 4 • 27 min
In this Episode, Zack Fishman sits with Harris Research and goes over the history of the brand business opportunity with Dwayne Tanner and Doug Smith. Follow Us On Facebook and LinkedIn: @MODRNbusiness @Zjfishman (insta too) @RyanThomasHicks (insta too)…
Teriyaki Madness Business Opportunity, with CEO Michael Haith
Aug 29 • 20 min
Enjoy this special guest episode hosted by one of our sponsors, Red Boswell, President of the International Franchise Professionals Group. On the episode Red dives in to the Business Opportunity with Michael Haith, CEO of Teriyaki Madness.
The Effect of Private Equity Coming in to Franchising (and more), with Joe Mathews
Aug 28 • 63 min
We are really excited to publish this value packed episode. It really is at the top of our list for favorite conversations on the tour as we hosted a round table discussion with Joe Mathews covering a range of topics. If you know Joe, he has opinions and…
CraftWorks Holdings Chief Experience Officer & CMO, Josh Kern
Aug 28 • 35 min
In this episode with the Chief Marketing Officer and CXO of CraftWorks Holdings, we sit down with Josh Kern to discuss local store marketing, navigating agencies, new technologies, changing consumer habits, and much more. One of the interesting hot topics…
Matt Friedman on the Future of the Fast Casual Industry
Aug 22 • 50 min
In this special episode hosted by Justin Mink from Scorpion, Matt Friedman of Wing Zone shares his views on how third party delivery is shaping the restaurant industry and where he sees this monumental shift taking the industry, along with thoughts on…
Expense Reduction Analysts - Hosted by Red Boswell
Aug 22 • 24 min
Enjoy this discussion hosted by Red Boswell from IFPG.org, as he sits down with Dan Fields, Chief Development Officer of Expense Reduction Analysts. Follow Us On Facebook and LinkedIn: @MODRNbusiness @Zjfishman (insta too) @RyanThomasHicks (insta too)…
Meeting at ServiceMaster HQ: with Hagan Kappler and Kimbrough Taylor
Aug 19 • 50 min
On Day #9 of our American Franchise tour, we sit down with Hagan Kappler, President Of Service Master Clean and Merry Maids and Kimbrough Taylor, Manager Of Digital Content & SEO at ServiceMaster HQ in beautiful Memphis TN. It was fun to chat about:…
Chatting Ballard Brands and More with Bill DiPaola & David Mesa
Aug 15 • 51 min
Catching up with Bill DiPaola and David Mesa at Ballard Brands HQ on the north shore of New Orleans was a lot of fun. In this conversation, we covered a lot of ground, including learning about the business, its family roots, multi brand operations and…
How Main Squeeze Juice Leverages Technology to Help Franchisees Gain an Edge
Aug 14 • 37 min
We enjoyed this on site chat with the Main Squeeze team at one of their franchisee’s locations in New Orleans. We were also honored to be joined by Thomas Morstead, the acclaimed Pro Bowl punter of the New Orleans Saints. Listen to hear why he invested on…
Kristen Pechacek on Balancing Local and National Marketing
Aug 12 • 35 min
Today’s guest, Kristen Pechacek, is the Digital Marketing Director at Self Esteem Brands, home of Anytime Fitness, Waxing the City and now Basecamp Fitness. Prior to her time at SE Brands she was with the Minnesota Vikings and has worked with almost 100…
Meeting with Nancy Bigley: Painting With A Twist
Aug 12 • 32 min
Zack and I really enjoyed recording this episode with Nancy Bigley, Chief Operating Officer of Painting With a Twist. She took time out of her jam-packed day AT CONFERENCE to sit with us. We literally met her at the convention hall at the Sheraton in…
Cathy Deano, Co Founder of Painting with a Twist
Aug 7 • 34 min
We enjoyed this Saturday afternoon relaxed chat with Catherine Deano, Co-Founder of Painting with a Twist. Cathy invited us to her beautiful French Quarters condo in New Orleans and we set up shop on her couch to record this RIGHT AFTER we shot a video…
Code Ninjas: Zack Fishman sits with David Graham
Aug 7 • 29 min
In this episode, Zack Fishman sits with the Co Founder and CEO of Code Ninja’s- David Graham, to review the business, the secret sauce behind their growth, utilization of technology and much more. Follow Us On Facebook and LinkedIn: @MODRNbusiness…
Chatting Marketing and More with Angela Zerda Paules, CMO of Buzz Franchise Brands
Aug 7 • 33 min
Angela and I recorded this episode BEFORE the Summer Tour but the content was really solid and I wanted to release it during the tour, so here it is! Topics we delve in to in this episode include: -Marketing leadership and advice on being a multi brand…
Lisa Zoellner, Chief Marketing Officer of Neighborly Brands
Aug 5 • 30 min
On this excellent episode we are joined by the Chief Marketing Officer of Neighborly Brands, Lisa Zoellner. Items we discussed in this episode: -Lisa’s background before Neighborly -Marketing and innovation -Recruitment -Advice to emerging leaders Follow…
Shane Evans, Co Founder & President of Massage Heights
Aug 1 • 31 min
Shane Evans is one of our good friends in franchising and we are pumped to finally sit down and host her on the podcast. She is to Co Founder and President of Massage Heights, which is a membership based massage and facial franchise with 150 locations…
Getting Breakfast with the Queen of Denny’s: Dawn LaFreeda
Aug 1 • 41 min
Dawn LaFreeda runs the worlds largest women owned franchisee operations in the world. She bolsters almost 90 Denny’s Restaurants in her empire. We always love catching up with Dawn. We did so this time in San Antonio Texas at one of her Denny’s locations.…
The Cowboy of Franchising: Gordon Logan - Founder of Sport Clips
Jul 29 • 33 min
In this episode we are joined by Gordon Logan, the iconic founder of Sport Clips- a franchise brand with over 1800 locations and growing. A couple of things stuck out to me as unique in this episode. About two thirds of the way in, Gordon revealed a…
Aslam Khan: Legendary Multi Unit Franchisee (Now Franchisor and Philanthropist)
Jul 28 • 45 min
This was the second time we recorded extensively with Aslam Khan, the legendary franchisee known as “the turnaround King”. His Rags to Riches story has inspired the franchise community for two decades now. His simple but powerful message shows us “It Can…
A Chat with FASTSIGNS CEO (and Incoming IFA Chair) Catherine Monson
Jul 26 • 24 min
We did not have a ton of time in this conversation because we recorded four different content segments with Catherine! Some of that content can be found over at franchisors.com BUT we really enjoyed a number of things in this chat including: * Travel woes…
Reinventing the Adventure Park with Michael Browning, CEO of Urban Air Adventure Park
Jul 25 • 37 min
We really enjoyed this chat with Michael Browning, CEO of Urban Air Adventure Park for our first stop on the tour! In this episode you will find: -Founding story -Managing multiple openings through effective processes and technology -How to innovate…
Introducing the Summer Podcast Tour
Jul 24 • 45 min
This episode introduces the Summer Tour, why it exists, and who our title Sponsors are: www.franchisors.com Podcast Sponsor: www.scorpion.co/mb
Get Neighborly with Mike Bidwell
Jul 11 • 42 min
Today’s guest went from being a successful franchisee to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Neighborly Brands, which has 22 different brands under the umbrella. In this 40 minute discussion with Mike Bidwell, we explore many topics: *Exploring life on…
Millennial Monthly 011: Nigell Lee
Jul 1 • 25 min
This month’s edition of Millennial Monthly has our host, Zack Fishman, sitting down with Nigell Lee, President of Operations for Xpresso Delight USA. Zack and Nigell delve into Xpresso Delight’s brand disruption in the office coffee space, how they are…
Golds Gym with Craig Sherwood: Exploring the roots, technology, and Franchise Opportunity
Jun 26 • 32 min
Enjoy this Chat at Golds Gym HQ with Chief Development Officer Craig Sherwood. In the episode we talk about the roots of Golds Gym way back in 1965, the explosive growth, their focus on technology and innovation and explore global franchise opportunities.…
Women in Franchising 005 with Mary Kennedy Thompson
Jun 25 • 28 min
In this Episode (part 2 of this series)WIF host Ashley Schuetz chats with Mary Kennedy Thompson. Both come from military families and both are passionate about franchising. Mary is the Chief Operating Officer of Neighborly Brands, which operates 22…
Women In Franchising 004 with Susan Boresow
Jun 7 • 25 min
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Red Boswell: How to Take Franchise Sales To The Next Level
May 30 • 40 min
Todays guest is Red Boswell, President of International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) Red brings over 25 years of executive leadership in many areas of franchising, marketing and entrepreneurship. He is an experienced franchisor, CEO, speaker, and…
Millennial Monthly: Jennifer Turliuk - CEO of Maker Kids Franchising
May 22 • 29 min
This episode features NextGen winner Jenn Turliek, one of the brightest up-and-comers in the Canadian franchise space. Ranging from NASA roots to the layout of her stores, we take a deep dive into Jenn’s story and how she plans to grow MakerKids into one…
Mary Kennedy Thompson - Part 1
May 20 • 24 min
This episode is part 1 of a two part Mary Kennedy Thompson interview series here on MODRN BUSINESS. Mary is the Chief Operating Officer of Neighborly Brands, which operates 22 incredible franchise companies under the Neighborly umbrella. Mary is a former…
Marketing, Local Strategy, and Personal Development with Brooke Budke
May 15 • 75 min
On this episode I had an entertaining and informative chat with Brooke Budke, VP of Markting for Title Boxing Club. We covered many topics in this long-form podcast, including: —> advice and tactics as it relates to building an integrated marketing…
Women In Franchising 003: Liberty Bernal
May 9 • 32 min
In this episode, Aschley Schuetz talks with Liberty Bernal who holds the title of ‘youngest female franchisor in history’. Today Liberty is the Managing Partner of LAR Enterprise, a Co-Owner of EnVie Fitness, and the Master Trainer for EnVie Fitness…
The Future of Mobile Food
May 7 • 19 min
Enjoy this chat on with James Meeks, CEO of MOVE Systems. MOVE Systems is focused on modernizing the mobile food industry by providing a healthier, safer, and environmentally friendly food cart. Link: https://www.movesystems.com/ Additionally, through its…
Charting a Personal and Professional Path in a Digital World with Justin Mink
Apr 22 • 43 min
In this chat with Justin Mink from Scorpion Internet Marketing we start with learning about his wide ranging background then tie that experience in to share prospective on trends in digital that you need to be considering. We live in a fast moving world…
Women In Franchising 002: GiGi Butler with Host Ashley Schuetz
Apr 10 • 32 min
In this episode of Women in Franchising, our host Ashley Schuetz sits down with GiGi Butler - “the queen of sweet success” - to explore her amazing life story and experiences in franchising. Sponsored by Massage Heights:…
Women in Franchising Podcast: 001
Mar 12 • 13 min
We are very excited to announce a BRAND NEW PODCAST! This content track will introduce you to powerful Women in Franchising. In this first episode 001, we will introduce the Podcast series and you will meet your host for the series! Enjoy. Please drop us…
GaryVee on Franchising
Mar 11 • 52 min
GaryVee was the one who inspired me to start a podcast back in November of 2017, thus it’s an incredible honor to have him here today. This episode was recorded before his keynote at IFA 2019 in Las Vegas. The episode features GaryVee in a round table…
Keeping up with Millennials in Franchising: A Talk with Zack and Ryan
Jan 31 • 45 min
In this episode, Zack Fishman and Ryan Hicks chat all things millennials in franchising. We decided to just hit record and riff on a few topics: millennial values, industries we believe our generation will gravitate towards, what that all means for retail…
Brand Strategy with Karen McSteen
Jan 7 • 28 min
Today we have a branding and brand strategy expert on the show. In this podcast, Karen McSteen of Brand Matters, and I, chat on these topics and more. Karen and her firm are experts in: brand evaluation, positioning development and implementation, brand…
On Goals: 99 Percent of People Ignore This On Thing
Dec 29, 2018 • 8 min
Watch the Video Experience: https://youtu.be/ohcNR2T1j5Q Episode Overview: The worlds best companies, organizations and institutions typically have inspiring visions, missions, goals and creeds. These ideals and goals are what build culture, and are the…
Millennial Monthly with Brooke Gagliano and Chris Ives
Dec 17, 2018 • 28 min
Our Millennial Monthly Host Zack Fishman sits with Brooke Gagliano (CEO) and Chris Ives (CFO) of Frutta Bowls. This episode is sponsored by www.Franfunnel.com Audio Engineer: Ben Kliever
Millenial Monthly with John Evans and Zack Fishman
Nov 29, 2018 • 17 min
Enjoy the November “Millennial Monthly” episode with John Evans of EverLine Coatings hosted by Zack Fishman! Episode Sponsored by www.franfunnel.com Audio Engineer: Bel Kliever
Nick Friedman, College Hunks Hauling Junk
Nov 2, 2018 • 29 min
Enjoy this chat with Nick Friedman, President and Co Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ModrnBusiness/ Thanks as always to Ben Kliever, Audio Engineer
Ben Davis - The Gents Place, with Zack Fishman
Oct 31, 2018 • 21 min
Enjoy this episode with Millennial Monthly host Zack Fishman and our guest Ben Davis from the Gents Place. -For More info on Zack’s company: www.franfunnel.com -To learn more about franchising The Gents Place: www.modrnbusiness.com/TGP Thanks as always,…
A Rant on How SONIC ICE Taught Me About Franchising
Oct 24, 2018 • 8 min
On this Podcast I share how I learned about entrepreneurship and FRANCHISING through getting SONIC ICE before baseball practice as a child. Please like and follow us on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/ModrnBusiness/ YouTube Link:…
Kat & Landon Eckles, with Zack Fishman
Sep 28, 2018 • 15 min
This month’s Millennial Monthly brings us a rockstar emerging franchise couple. On this episode, Zack Fishman sits with Kat and Landon Eckles, the CMO and CEO of Clean Juice. I apologize for the sub par audio quality. We were in a break-out room at the…
AJ Titus, President of Signarama
Sep 28, 2018 • 33 min
I had the pleasure of catching up with AJ Titus in Washing DC while at the annual Fly In. (more on that below). In this Podcast we talk about AJ’s unique upbringing in franchising, we learn about his business and also learn more about him! Stick around to…
Millennial Monthly: Carmelo Marsala, CEO of Spray-Net, talks with Zack Fishman
Aug 23, 2018 • 10 min
Millennial Monthly host ZACK FISHMAN sits down with Carmelo Marsala, the Grand Prize winner of the 2106 NextGen in Franchising award. On this short, value-packed podcast- they discuss the nuances of building a fast growing franchise business as a…
Greg Forsythe on Brand Strategy, Reputation and Digital Marketing
Aug 23, 2018 • 41 min
Today, Greg Forsythe from DEKA LASH FRANCHISE joins Host Ryan Hicks to chat about Brand Strategy, Reputation And Digital Marketing. Greg is the Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing of Deka Lash, a fast growing lash extension franchise brand. On this…
OPINION: Don’t Blame Tips for Sexual Harassment - Dawn LaFreeda’s WSJ Article
Aug 7, 2018 • 13 min
This monologue is an OPINION piece covering an issue that has become the topic of much political debate, locally and nationally. I recently visited San Antonio Texas to meet with Dawn LaFreeda, who is the one of the largest woman owned multi-unit…
Millennial Monthly: Jami Stigliano chats with Zack Fishman
Jul 31, 2018 • 22 min
In the July Millennial Monthly Edition, host Zack Fishman chats marketing, social media, millennia’s in franchising, and more with Jami Stigliano, Founder and CEO of DivaDance Company. Show Sponsor: https://www.franfunnel.com/ Audio Engineer: Ben Kliever
Heather McLeod: VP Marketing, The Cleaning Authority
Jun 28, 2018 • 37 min
The marketing mix is noisier than ever before. But there are Modern tools, technologies and mindsets that can be ROCKET FUEL for taking your brand to the next level. Enjoy this great podcast with Heather McLeod, where we dive into these topics and more!…
Dawn LaFreeda: A Chat With The Legendary Denny’s Franchisee
Jun 25, 2018 • 38 min
Dawn is one of the largest self started and single owned multi unit franchise’s in the world. She operates 82 Denny’s restaurants and has an incredibly inspiring story. Enjoy this sit down interview, in person at her San Antonia Texas office. Thanks as…
Millennial Monthly: Zack Fishman Hosts Local Door Coupons
Jun 5, 2018 • 17 min
On this Episode of Millennial Monthly, Zack Fishman hosts Danny Nieves and Carlos Medina of Local Door Coupons. The company was founded in 2014 in Miami FL and has already grown to over 50 locations. About MM: Every month, Host Zack Fishman explores…
027: A Live Chat with Johnny Franchise
Jun 5, 2018 • 42 min
John Francis (aka “Johnny Franchise”) is a highly respected leader, Keynote Speaker, franchise industry consultant, and strategic advisor to many great brands. John currently sits on many boards (as a Director and/or Advisor) including: Sport Clips,…
10 Marketing Tips with David Chapman
Jun 5, 2018 • 47 min
This Podcast explores “10 Marketing Tips for Emerging and Established Franchise Brands” with David Chapman, President and CEO of 919 Marketing. As mentioned in the intro, we had bad connectivity during “Tip number 1”….so our worthy sound engineer *Mr. Ben…
The Future of Transportation - With Barb Moran
May 30, 2018 • 52 min
We’re pleased to welcome Barb Moran Goodrich, CEO and Co Founder of Moran Family of Brands to the Podcast. Today we chat about “The Future of Transportation”. Buckle up and enjoy. Topics include: -What you should know about your “Vehicle Data” -How to…
024: #MillennialMonthly with Zack Fishman | Guest David Blue
May 8, 2018 • 23 min
Zack Fishman sits down with David Blue of Blue Moon Estate Sales to chat about Millennials in franchising, technology and much more! Stay tuned for Millennial Monthly episodes, every month, lead by Zack Fishman. Notable Links from this episode:…
023: “America’s Diner” with Denny’s CEO, John C. Miller
May 1, 2018 • 52 min
On episode 23 we welcome our esteemed guest, Mr. John Miller…to the Podcast. He’s the CEO of Denny’s, Americas Dinner. -Denny’s has almost 1700 locations across the country -In their 9th consecutive year of positive unit growth. -Over the past 7 years,…
022: Wild Birds Unlimited with Paul Picket
Apr 12, 2018 • 32 min
Modern Business Episode #22 takes us “Into the Wild” with Paul Picket - Chief Development officer of Wild Birds Unlimited. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bird seed, bird feeders, and many other bird feeding supplies. They were founded in 1981 and…
021: National Nutrition Month: With Julie Canseco & Jessie Williams of Main Squeeze Juice Co.
Mar 27, 2018 • 48 min
Today we welcome Jessie Williams Julie Conseco from Main Squeeze Juice Co. to the Podcast. We chatted on March 14th which is actually national registered dietician day. I also learned that March is national nutrition month, and in the spirit of that, this…
020: Josh Morgan, COO of Melt Shop
Mar 25, 2018 • 32 min
Today we welcome Josh Morgan to the Podcast. He’s the COO of Melt shop, and an operating partner at Aurify Brands (which owns and/or operates fast casual and full-service restaurants like The Melt Shop, 5 Guys Burgers and Fries, The Little Beet, and…
019: Outdoor Living Brands CEO Chris Grandpre - A Live Discussion
Mar 1, 2018 • 22 min
Chris Grandpre is the Chairman and CEO of Outdoor Living Brands, which operates 5 great franchise brands under its umbrella: Archadeck, Conserva Irrigation, Mosquito Squad, Renew Crew, and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Some things I really enjoyed in…
018: Using Technology to Gain an Edge - with Ben Gaddis
Feb 26, 2018 • 38 min
I really enjoyed this episode with Ben Gaddis of Austin TX based T3. T3 is a leading marketing Agency that serves many great brands including 7-11, Focus Brands, and many others. An interesting fact: T3 is one of the largest woman owned agencies in the…
017: A Live Chat With Tropical Smoothie Executives at IFA
Feb 21, 2018 • 30 min
Enjoy this live chat with Tropical Smoothie Cafe CEO Mike Rotondo and Chief Development Officer Charles Watson. We caught up at the IFA convention in Phoenix. (Thanks FPN for letting us take over your couches!) On the first part of the chat, we riff back…
016: Aslam Khan - A Live Chat at TGI Fridays HQ
Feb 11, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode I sit down with Aslam Khan, and he shares stories and lessons learned in business and life. I challenge you to listen CLOSELY, PICK OUT the nuggets of wisdom that he carefully shares imbedded deep within the words. Aslam is the Current CEO…
015: “TangoTab It” – Feed the hungry AND get new customers with Social Entrepreneur Nick Marino Jr.
Jan 26, 2018 • 22 min
Social Entrepreneur Nick Marino Jr. calls in to talk about driving traffic to restaurants across the country, feeding the hungry, building a legacy that lasts, and a lot more in this MUST LISTEN episode. Please share this episode with a friend that works…
014: Kevin King on Franchising and Advice for Entrepreneurs
Jan 16, 2018 • 20 min
On this episode we learn from Kevin King, Chief Development Officer of Smoothie King. Topics we delve in to include: -Lessons from mentors -Franchise opportunities -Business Technology -Advice for entrepreneurs Sound Engineer: Ben Kliever
013: Bob O. Carr on Modern Business and “Giving Something Back”
Jan 8, 2018 • 26 min
Bob is the Founder of Heartland Payments, Founder of the Give Something Back Foundation, and CEO of Beyond Inc. In this interview, we explore some of his big lessons learned in business. We uncover some of the key points in his two great books, “Through…
012: Discussing the new Tax bill with Sameer Bhatia, President of BW Group
Dec 29, 2017 • 15 min
On this episode, i’m posting a clip from my call discussing the new tax bill. We also had an interesting exchange about cryptocurrencies, bitcoin and lightcoin. Audio engineering: Ben Kliever
011: CEOin10 with John Venhuizen, CEO of ACE Hardware
Dec 26, 2017 • 11 min
In this “CEO in 10” episode, our very own Rick Tocquigny sits with the CEO of ACE Hardware - Mr. John Venhuizen. Audio Engineer: Ben Kliever
010: Simon Says- Chuck Goetshel on NOT following the crowd
Dec 15, 2017 • 7 min
This is a follow up episode to episode 009 because I wanted to share a couple of pieces of wisdom from Chuck Goetshel and his book “Simon Says”. Chuck is a great leader and I felt that his words needed to be shared. Link: http://chuckgoetschel.com/…
009: #OneQuestionShow - Chuck Goetschel on Implementing Social Technology
Dec 15, 2017 • 5 min
On this short #OneQuestionShow episode, Chuck Goetschel gives us advice on Implementing Social Technology in your business. Links: www.rallio.com http://chuckgoetschel.com/ Sound Engineer: Ben Kliever
008: #OneQuestionShow- Patrick Betdavid on Winning new customers
Dec 12, 2017 • 2 min
Dallas based entrepreneur, business coach, and social media influencer Patrick Bet-david gives local business owners and franchisees advice on winning new customers with this unique strategy. Connect with Patrick: http://www.patrickbetdavid.com/…
007: Kevin Roberts, CEO and Bestselling Author
Dec 7, 2017 • 21 min
On this episode we crown “The James Bond of Modern Business Leadership” for our 007th episode. Take notes when listening to this interview with Kevin Roberts. He is the Author of the Bestselling book “64 Shots”, former Chairman and CEO of Saatchi &…
006: #OneQuestionShow with Laura Rae Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dec 4, 2017 • 6 min
On this short #OneQuestionShow episode, we catch up with Laura Rae Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, and get her two cents on franchising and enabling technologies. Interview by Rick Tocquigny Sound Engineering by Ben Kliever Comments and hostd by…
005: The Untold Hstory of Entrepreneurship
Dec 1, 2017 • 10 min
In episode 005 I take a trip back in history and tell the untold story of entrepreneurship. I also explore the franchise business model and touch on the importance of honing our interpersonal and EQ skills. Links: -Papernapkin.io: Umer & Winston Ray…
004: Lonnie Helgerson on Kix Mobile and franchise opportunities for Veterans
Nov 27, 2017 • 17 min
On this episode I chat with Lonnie Helgerson about his career, the Kix Mobile franchise opportunity, and the history of the great VetFran program. Share this episode with a veteran that would be a good business manager/owner. Vet Fran is a great program…
003: #OneQuestionShow - Franchise in Mexico with Sandro Piancone
Nov 15, 2017 • 6 min
#OneQuestionShow with Sandro Piancone - the foremost “Mexpert” on franchising your business in Mexico.
002: CEO in 10 with Jay Walker, Founder of Priceline.com
Nov 14, 2017 • 16 min
Our CEO in 10 Host Rick Tocquigny has a chat with Jay Walker, Founder of Priceline.com and CEO of Upside.
001: Modern Business intro with Ryan Hicks
Nov 14, 2017 • 14 min
Introducing the Modern Business Podcast and setting the stage for whats to come.