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Welcome to Franchise Interviews weekly podcast and radio show. If you ever dreamed of one day owning your own business, then you have come to the right place. Listen to detailed interviews/podcasts with some of the most informative sources on the topics of franchising and entrepreneurship.

People are hungry for good vital content (Keyes, 2009). To date, we have recorded over 650 interviews on our weekly franchise radio show with some of the top franchisors, franchise experts, franchise attorneys, franchisees, and franchise authors. You can even listen to our shows based on category of interest on our website at

We have met with some exciting new franchise concepts as well as some of the biggest names in franchising. As a visitor to our website, all you have to do is click and listen. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy. Live shows can be heard on Blog Talk Radio every Thursday at 10AM EST, 7AM PST. It's no problem if you can't listen to the live show. Each show is recorded and immediately placed in our library of audio archives.
To date, we have had over a quarter of a million listeners! Franchise Interviews is hosted by Dr. Martin J. McDermott.
648 Episodes
With communities and businesses becoming more aggressive in their fight against drain and sewage problems caused by FOG (fats, oils and grease) and other organic matter, EnviroLogik, the expert in commercial drain line and odor control solutions, is set to pave the way to stronger, healthier and more conscious city systems. Not just an industry leader, but an industry disrupter, EnviroLogik is positioned to see massive growth as the brand announces the launch of its first-to-market franchise opportunity, with plans to open more than 250 franchise locations by 2025.  EnviroLogik uses proprietary, naturally effective products to solve drain and odor issues in commercial spaces, including buildup of fats, oils and grease (FOG), starch, sugars and odor-causing compounds that commonly cause blockages in both commercial drains and city sewers. United Kingdom native and entrepreneur Aziz Tejpar recognized the need for businesses to have access to effective, environmentally friendly, affordable services as more communities continue to aggressively combat wastewater issues through compliance regulations. In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
Today Franchise Interviews celebrates Thanksgiving, our 650th podcast, and 13th year anniversary.  We start our show with our most recent Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.  Today’s Great Quote in Franchising comes from Joseph Berger – President of You’ve Got Maids, Joseph has a unique perspective on the franchise industry as the residential cleaning concept was founded by his parents, Frank and Cynthia Berger. Joseph discusses why franchising is similar to taking an open book test.Next we play one of our earliest interviews with Scott Haner of the Yum! Brands franchise opportunity. Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 48,000 restaurants in more than 145 countries and territories primarily operating the company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over eight new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development. In 2018, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2019, Yum! Brands was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second consecutive year.
We are meeting Brandon Ezra, Founder and CEO of Grand Welcome, the leading vacation rental management franchise.With the vacation rental segment is looking stronger than ever - over $13 billion in 2018 with a projected annual growth rate of 7.2%  Grand Welcome is capitalizing on the growing trend.The popular vacation rental management company combines quality and consistency while tailoring every home to suit every type of visitor. It offers fully-stocked vacation rentals available throughout California, Hawaii and Idaho, Colorado and Nevada.The brand is just launching its franchise opportunity and is searching for passionate entrepreneurs who are looking to capitalizing on the popularity of vacation rentals.Company Highlights * Founded in 2008 * Started franchising in 2019 * $2.8M in total annual revenue * Exists in 16 cities throughout five states * 700+ propertiesIn Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
We are meeting with Inger Nicolaisen the founder of Nikita Hair…an international hair salon chain with 150+ locations across Europe and recent franchise expansion to the United States. Inger is a prominent figure in Norway, most known from the Norwegian television series The Candidate in 2004, which was the Norwegian version of the American series, The Apprentice.Nikita Hair supports the foundation, A Hand to Children. This organization provides help and assistance to children. The involvement of this foundation is to give children a chance at a better life, and hope for the future. All projects within the scope of this foundation aim to provide support to those most in need by providing food and clothing.For every haircut, Nikita Hair will donate a portion of the proceeds to support this organization.In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
We have a great show today. We are meeting Rob and Lisa Cannon - Founders of Thrillz, the world’s first high-flying adventure park.  The Cannons recognized the growing demand for indoor family entertainment as a great business opportunity. After successful careers in finance and 3 years as franchisees of an indoor trampoline park, they pulled together a world-class team to create the next generation of adventure parks. In August of 2018, Thrillz opened its doors in Danbury, CT.
We are meeting with Brandon Cullen, Chief Concept Officer of MADabolic (strength and conditioning gym for athletes) … MADabolic Inc. delivers unparalleled Strength and Conditioning to an oversaturated cardio-focused market. Backed by science and years of athletic experience, Protocol M.A.D.’s signature combination of fat-torching intervals will enable you to carve a lean, athletic physique.  Their distinctive interval system, Protocol M.A.D., is crafted entirely around work-to-rest ratios. This presents a challenging yet accessible environment unique to each client. Rooted in science, MADabolic’s exclusive interpretation of pace and intensity is unrivaled in our market. In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
We are meeting with Joseph Berger - President of You’ve Got Maids, Joseph has a unique perspective on the franchise industry as the residential cleaning concept was founded by his parents, Frank and Cynthia Berger. Joseph will discuss the You Got Maids franchise, the benefits of working in a family run business and his best advice for maintaining a healthy professional and personal relationship with those you work with. In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
We are meeting with Angel Aguayo Director of Operations at Sushi Sake.  Sushi Sake, a Miami-based neighborhood sushi bar with 14-units is now franchising and already has two signed franchise agreements in Florida. Known for an expansive menu, dramatic longue inspired atmosphere and late-night hours, the founders Angel Aguayo and James Aguayo are now ready to take their fusion-inspired creation nationwide.Founded in 2009, the Aguayo brothers were ready to step out in the $12.8 billion market size of sushi restaurants. Growing up in restaurants and frequently dining at Benihana, Angel felt the industry was struck in the ‘traditional setting,’ and wanted to bring fusion offerings to the table.Another industry void they are alleviating is many good sushi restaurants aren’t able to provide that same quality on their hibachi side. Sushi Saki is known for offering the best of both worlds and creates an interactive dining experience. It is today’s Japanese Sushi restaurant with the perfect blend of a Teppanyaki house and an original Sushi spot. Additionally, Sushi Sake locations offer late-night hours compared to other venues (open until midnight - 5am depending on location) to serve a crowd that can’t find a quality restaurant open after a night out.  In part two we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
Tonight, we discuss franchising the moving industry.  We start the show with our latest podcast from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast from hall of fame speaker Warren Greshes.In Part Two, you will hear our interview with Dustin Black, Founder and CEO of Black Tie Moving.  Dustin is no stranger to the moving industry. From the time he was a child, Black worked for his father’s moving company, learning the ins and outs of the industry while also getting a behind the curtain view of exactly who homeowners were trusting their belongings.  With eight locations open and 24 new franchise territories under development, Black Tie Moving is rapidly expanding across the nation.In Part Three, you will hear our interview with Nick Friedman, the founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving franchise opportunity. College Hunks Hauling Junk and moving is the fastest-growing junk hauling and moving franchise in America. College Hunks Hauling Junk has been named one the fastest growing companies in America by "Inc." and has made "Entrepreneur" magazine's list of top franchise opportunities for five years in a row and counting.  The growth is driven by a smart business model that allows College Hunks owners to act as executives in their businesses.
We have a great show today. We are meeting with Lee DeJonge, COO of Shine, a window care and holiday lighting franchise with 40 locations in 10 states. Lee is also a franchisee and just opened his sixth Shine location. But while window cleaning is Shine’s business, the mission is to make the world brighter by building successful businesses and creating opportunities for individuals to become leaders.  In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
Last time we had House Doctors on the show was over a decade ago.  Known as the trusted home improvement service, House Doctors offers a myriad of services from drywall and gutter repair to kitchen and bathroom remodeling. The House Doctors team of insured, bonded and uniformed handymen have a wide array of skillsets to tackle even the longest list of to-dos. With a one-year guarantee, prompt and precise service and a team of qualified craftsman and technicians, House Doctors is not only a home improvement service, but a trusted advisor among the customers it serves. Founded in 1995, House Doctors is located across the country and has targeted several growth markets for the next few years.  We are meeting with Jim Hunter, CEO of House Doctors.As the home renovation sector is expected to grow over the next several years, House Doctors plans to increase its presence through strategic franchise growth in key markets across the country to accommodate the increasing consumer demand for home renovations, a $350 billion industry.  In part two, we play an old clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
The Planet Smoothie franchise began in Atlanta during the mid-1990s, when smoothies were first beginning to be seen as a food offering on their own rather than part of an extended menu. Up until then smoothies were almost completely associated with hardcore health fanatics — people who spent a lot of time at the gym and were fanatical about counting calories  More Americans were looking to slim down and become healthier, a trend which continues through today, and smoothies became seen as a way to enhance a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste or convenience.As more people discovered smoothies, the market exploded, and Planet Smoothie quickly spread throughout the Southeast, becoming a dominant brand across the Southeastern and Northeastern United States. The opportunity to rapidly expand Planet Smoothie excited a team of veteran franchise executives at Kahala Brands, which acquired Planet Smoothie in 2015. Under their leadership, Planet Smoothie has developed the capabilities and resources, such as improved supply chains, more purchasing power and a single operating system, to accelerate growth and drive stronger results for franchisees.Planet Smoothie is on the move. The hunger for convenient, healthy and great-tasting food, with a transparent list of recognizable ingredients, continues to grow. A customer survey by public relations giant Edelman found that 83% of customers want that combo of good nutrition and great taste, for example, and only 50% of them think the food-and-beverage industry is doing a good job. We are meeting with Stacey Wopnford, Brand President at Planet Smoothie. Planet Smoothie is a fun and exciting smoothie franchise that knows the importance in differentiating itself from the competition. With a unique menu and bright color scheme, Planet Smoothie stands out from the rest.  In part 2 we play a clip from our poplar Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
Sometimes life throws you a curveball, but it's how you react to that moment that can shape the rest of your life. For entrepreneur Tom Hough that moment came following his 33-year-old brother's death due to heart failure. After tragedy struck, Tom realized the importance of not taking any day for granted. While working in security, Tom had always thought about becoming a personal trainer and with the help of his wife, he took a leap of faith and quit his job and on the anniversary of his brother's passing he officially became an owner of a Fit Body Boot Camp franchise. Now, Tom spends his days honoring his brother's legacy and working with clients to help them lead healthier and happier lives. In addition to knowing the first-hand benefits of the services he provides; the Hough's are also finding similarities between what it takes to find fulfilment in life and owning and running a small business.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
Today we have a three part show.  In part one, we meet with Mitchell Levy. Mitchell Levy is the AHA Guy of and CEO and Thought Leader Architect at He and his team make it easy for corporations to easily create compelling content that help turn their experts into recognized thought leaders. Mitchell is an Amazon bestselling author with fifty-six business books, contributor at Entrepreneur Magazine, has provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies. Mitchell has written social media enabled eBooks he offers for free. Mitchell discusses why more franchisors and franchisees should consider writing a book!In Part Two, we meet with Michael Peterson, author of How and Why to Franchise Your Business.  This book was written to be the go-to for a new or would-be franchisor. It was written with someone from outside our industry in mind. It dives deeply into such topics as preparing to become a franchisor, the legal repercussions of franchising, how to recruit the right candidates, and how to manage a franchise system. How and Why to Franchise Your Business will guide you in building a successful team of experts to help you create the stellar franchise brand that you dream of!  In Part Three, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
We are meeting with Jeff Melnick, the President of BOSTON’S PIZZA Restaurant and Sports Bar.  Boston's is both a family-friendly casual dining restaurant and an energetic sports bar, all under one roof. For over 50 years, Boston's has specialized in providing a relaxing atmosphere and food from scratch to parties of all sizes. With Boston's brand promise, "We'll make you a fan," and 80+ menu items, primarily made in-house, they deliver on having something for every occasion and taste. Boston's is recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top three full-service restaurant brands. The company is also currently ranked No. 464 on Entrepreneur magazine's 2018 Franchise 500 list. Additionally, the brand is ranked No. 89 on the 2018 Franchise Times Top 200 (Plus 300) list. With sales exceeding $1 Billion in system-wide gross sales, Boston's grows through franchising and is currently looking to expand around the US and Mexico. For more information, visit today.
We have a great show today. We are meeting with Chris Pena (CMO) as well as Crystal Lizama (the new COO) for Body20. Body20 is leading the Technology Driven fitness revolution and offering franchise opportunities to entrepreneurs in one of the fastest growing industries within the franchising sector. Body 20 offers a low-staffing business model, with fast breakevens and impressive returns. Body20 was created when founder, Bert Albertse sought out entrepreneurial endeavors and eventually dropped out of college to open a supplements company. Then, in 2014, while in Dubai for a fitness conference, Bert was introduced to the stat-of-the-art Electro Muscular Stimulation (EMS equipment). Amazed by its ability to deliver a whole week's worth of strength training in only 20 minutes, Bert took a soon-to-be father's biggest risk and spent his whole life savings, plus a loan from a friend, to buy a full body stimulation suit. From there, Body20 was born and within the boutique fitness hotspot's first year, Bert recouped all startup capital. After massive success in his country, Bert, Chris and his team brought his concept to the U.S. in 2017. Today, the electrifying workout that does the work for you is climbing its way to the top of the boutique fitness industry and plans massive U.S. expansion.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
Today we are discussing business plans and guerrilla marketing.  First, we are meeting with Cheree Warrick, author of Creating Business Plans that Actually Get Financed.  In part two we are meeting with Todd Woods, CEO of Guerrilla Marketing Strategies, Inc and Eddie Leonard, Chief Operating Guerilla to discuss the Book: Guerrilla Marketing for The Franchisee.Topics:Six (6) parts to an invest-able business plan.Biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when writing their business plans.Why banks and angel investors say NO to great business ideas.How to give an irresistible 60 second pitch that'll have investors pulling out their calendars to schedule time with you.Why non-tech companies (or companies outside of the technology field) have better changes of receiving financing from angels.The secret to receiving financing offers from multiple sources.Guerrilla Marketing defines marketing as "every bit of contact you or anyone in your company has with any part of the public. With millions of books sold worldwide, Guerrilla Marketing is one of the best known marketing brands in history: because it works.
This week we are discussing two must read books before Labor Day.  We begin the show with Danny Lyon, author of  The Colour of My Underwear is Blue.  With over 60 marathons and 20 years of business experience,Danny Lyon shares why people create such varying levels of business and personal success. Lyon reveals the secrets of the success "high-flyers", the "turnaround artists", the "comfort zone dwellers", and the "give-ups". No matter where you are in your life right now, Lyon sheds light on how you may be holding yourself back and what it takes to get out of your own way. Next, we meet with Steve Barnett, author of Gumption - Taking Bubba Gump from Movie to Restaurant.  Written in a cinematic style, this book is about the creation, growth, and sale of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. The concept began when Paramount Pictures reached out to see if there was interest in creating a restaurant based on the movie Forrest Gump. It is also the personal story of the author’s growth as a CEO and creator of restaurant concepts. A host of situations are described such as restaurant concept creation, high stakes boardroom confrontations, and escaping corrupt officials in foreign lands. The narrative is partly an unvarnished peak behind the everyday scenes of restaurants, movie studios, and Wall Street. There is also an almost step-by-step recounting of how the Bubba Gump concept and others were created and operated. Lessons can be learned on unorthodox methods used in moving from traditional approaches to untried ways of doing business.
We had the School of Rock franchise on our show many years ago.  Since that time, the organization has had tremendous growth.  We are meeting with Rob Price, CEO of School of Rock.  School of Rock provides students of all ages an exciting and engaged music lesson experience, which includes guitar, drums, piano and singing lessons. Drawing from all styles of rock and roll, School of Rock students learn theory and techniques via songs from legendary artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa. Thanks to the school’s performance-based approach, students around the world have gained superior musical proficiency, with some moving to record deals and larger platforms such as American Idol, The Voice and Broadway.  The rapid-growing international franchise currently operates more than 230 schools in 10 global markets, and since 2009, School of Rock has grown student count from 4,000 to more than 33,000.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
We are meeting with the CEO of Pigtails & Crewcuts, Wade Brannon. Pigtails & Crewcuts is a children’s salon franchise that understands the need for a memorable, stress-free haircutting experience for the entire family.  From your child’s first haircut to “Mom! The whole football team is getting mohawks, I want one too”, as a parent, you want your children’s locks in good hands. When veteran franchisor, Wade Brandon, came into the original salon with his two daughters as a customer, he immediately saw great potential to replicate and grow the Pigtails concept. After purchasing the single unit, he initiated the franchise offering to meet the increasing demand for services that cater to families with young children in the $58 billion haircut industry. Since launching the franchise opportunity in 2005, Pigtails & Crewcuts has grown to 61 open units across the nation with 57 in development.  In Part Two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.
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Phoebe-Jane Garcia

sounds like an amazing app, especially with the commodity pricing

Oct 7th
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