All Interviews

Franchise Interview: Valerie Thompson, Founder of You Need Pie

Franchise Interview: Valerie Thompson, Founder of You Need Pie

How did you get into the industry?I learned to cook at an early age and in my family I have always been the person who plans all the family gatherings and it’s usually all about the food! I opened the bakery in the town I grew up in because there wasn’t a true bakery...

Franchise Interview: Heather Bryan, Founder of Jupiter & Company

Franchise Interview: Heather Bryan, Founder of Jupiter & Company

How did you get into the industry? After college my dad and I came up with the idea to personalize products onsite during events. We secured the PGA Tour including the Ryder Cup (our first event) which is similar to the Olympics of golf. I travelled 32 weeks a year...

Franchise Interview: Rob Arnold, CEO of Launch Trampoline Park

Franchise Interview: Rob Arnold, CEO of Launch Trampoline Park

How did you get into the industry?In 1993 I got my first taste of entrepreneurship. I was 11 years old, owned a snow shovel, and RI experienced record breaking snowfall that winter. From that point on, I was convinced that working for myself was the path I needed to...

Franchise Interview: Shawna Rollins, CEO, Delicious Treats

How did you get into the food industry?For me it was a journey which began years ago when I launched my business. I previously worked at a former fast food place and my former boss asked me to prepare some sandwiches. The customers were asking for them and he gave me...

Franchise Interview: Andrei Avdeev, CEO/Founder, DART

Franchise Interview: Andrei Avdeev, CEO/Founder, DART

How did you get into the industry? In 2003, I made a move to the US and landed my first job at a restoration company. I started as a helper making $7 an hour since I had no experience and didn’t speak English. My English improved after half a year, helping me learn...

Franchise Interview: Abe Sbitan, CEO/Founder, DART

Franchise Interview: Abe Sbitan, CEO/Founder, DART

How did you get into the industry? In 2005, I started working with Sears Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning, working my way up to become the operations manager within 1 year in sales, exceeding $1 million in gross sales. In 2008, I bought my own Air Duct Cleaning franchise...

Franchise Interview – David Davoudpour, Shoney’s CEO

Franchise Interview – David Davoudpour, Shoney’s CEO

How Did You Get Into the Food Service Industry?I’ve been involved in the restaurant industry for nearly three decades, becoming heavily involved in 1995 through the Royal Capital Corp. I purchased Shoney’s in 2006 and made it my mission to reinvigorate the brand with...

Franchise Interview – Richard Gould, CEO, Richard’s Painting

Franchise Interview – Richard Gould, CEO, Richard’s Painting

How Did You Get Into the Industry?I was in between jobs at 19 and a friend asked me if I wanted to go paint with him. Obviously I said yes, and It was the best decision I ever made!  What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model?We recently opened up our second...

Franchise Interview- Rod Ross, CEO and Founder, Brakes For Less

Franchise Interview- Rod Ross, CEO and Founder, Brakes For Less

How did you get into the industry?I had my first gas station at 20 years old. I‘ve started 22 automotive shops. I’ve been in the business for 47 years….a long time. Years ago I owned a few Meinekes. That’s what got me. I learned a lot. The best thing I ever did was go...

Franchise Interview – Carlos Garcia, CEO, Please Hold Advertising

Franchise Interview – Carlos Garcia, CEO, Please Hold Advertising

How did you get into the advertising service industry?I stumbled into the on-hold message business by chance. I was working as an outside salesperson for a beauty supply company in Miami in 1993. Every time I called the company to check on inventory or something else,...

Franchise Interview: Cassie Jones, Founder, Pink Caviar Spa

Franchise Interview: Cassie Jones, Founder, Pink Caviar Spa

How did you get into the industry? I’ve never done a lash. I’ve never done a brow. But I knew that the beauty industry was a large industry and I wanted a piece of the pie! I wanted to help women feel beautiful and provide a space for them to relax and recharge!...

Franchise Interview: Jerry Davis, Founder, Big Jerry’s Fencing

Franchise Interview: Jerry Davis, Founder, Big Jerry’s Fencing

How did you get into the industry?I was in law enforcement and was looking for extra work and extra income. I just started building fences on my own. After about a year of work, I felt that I was doing well, and chose to pursue fencing full time. What’s New in the...

Franchise Interview: Founder, Trevor Burdett, Sacred Leaf

Franchise Interview: Founder, Trevor Burdett, Sacred Leaf

How did you get into the industry?I was visiting a friend at his smoke shop and saw some CBD products. At the time, I was not aware of any of the benefits but he told me amazing things about them. That evening, I spent all night reading about the benefits of hemp oil,...

Stephen de Haan, Founder of Red Phone Booth

Stephen de Haan, Founder of Red Phone Booth

How did you get into the industry? As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve been a part of several award-winning concepts throughout the years. I attended GA Tech for computer science yet didn’t find a passion for programming so I started bartending to pay the bills and loved...

Dan McGovern, Founder of Yes I Can Basketball

Dan McGovern, Founder of Yes I Can Basketball

How did you get into the industry? After spending 19 years as a high school and college basketball head coach, I entered private business where I made more money than I knew what to do with. But I simply was not happy. My life had little purpose other than making...

Dusty Kinley, CEO/Founder, Innovative Fitness

Dusty Kinley, CEO/Founder, Innovative Fitness

How did you get into the industry?I’ve always been into athletics and fitness so I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and my first job out of college was being a personal trainer.  I worked my way up the ladder of success and became a manager, owner, and now a...

Franchise Interviews – 21 Fun Franchise, John Scarborough, CEO

Franchise Interviews – 21 Fun Franchise, John Scarborough, CEO

How did you get into the industry?The story is simple…. I was an electrician by trade, that’s how I made my living. However, I always had a passion for gaming…I love the game of blackjack. I read a few books on how to play (count cards) and I would find myself driving...

Delight Morris, CEO/Founder, Orange Bay Company

Delight Morris, CEO/Founder, Orange Bay Company

How did you get into the industry?It was destiny that brought me to this beautiful place. My mom introduced me to thrifting back in the 70’s when traditional treasure hunting was a makeup of thrift stores and door-to-door house sales. At the age of 7 or 8, I found my...

FBY Yoga Franchise Interview – Todd Cantrell and Shelley Roupas

FBY Yoga Franchise Interview – Todd Cantrell and Shelley Roupas

How did you get into the industry?SR: The practice of yoga completely transforms me & how I live my life & I felt strongly I wanted to share this empowering practice with other people. At the time & for many years, I worked on air in broadcasting. Before...

Tim Conner Franchise

Tim Conner Franchise

How did you get into the franchise industry? Back in 2011, I was a Personal Banker for JPMorgan Chase, and at the time, FMS was a fast-growing company showing no signs of slowing down. It became very apparent that my brother, Chris Conner, had created a great concept...

Franchise Interviews – Kevin Arca, Partner, VOWBurger Franchise

Franchise Interviews – Kevin Arca, Partner, VOWBurger Franchise

How did you get into the Burger industry? It's a long story, my business partner and I are both entrepreneurial, so we are always looking for opportunities and market segments that present something fun and the potential for growth. We are also enormously driven by...

Chris Helms Federal Injury Center

Chris Helms Federal Injury Center

How did you get into the industry? I started out managing the nation’s largest federal workers comp medical practice. As the director of operations, I met my partner Joe (he was one of my business consultants). After leaving there, Joe suggested that I might have a...

Franchise Interview: Dale Robinson CEO – GURU Fitness

Franchise Interview: Dale Robinson CEO – GURU Fitness

How did you get into the industry?During a low point in my life I found that fitness helped me to survive and begin a holistic approach on life. Seeing how much it helped me I knew that I could help others obtain the same lifestyle and in doing so I found my gift and...

Franchise Interview – David Scranton, CEO, The Income Store

Franchise Interview – David Scranton, CEO, The Income Store

How did you get into the industry? Originally, I was pre-med in my undergrad. However, I decided that I really didn’t like the trend that managed care was heading in, so I switched directions. Since I liked math and money, and obviously wanted to help people, this...

Franchise Interview: Paul Nair, CEO, Savi Provisions

Franchise Interview: Paul Nair, CEO, Savi Provisions

How did you get into the industry? The concept was created initially out of need and a realization that there was a sincere demand for an urban, friendly and convenient place that people could come to for food, groceries, and fun. I spent time in New York City and...

Robert Genovese, Founder of Local Coffee

Robert Genovese, Founder of Local Coffee

  How did you get into the industry? In a somewhat rare occurrence, I was born into the Hospitality industry as my family owned and operated a restaurant and bar in Greenwich Village, NYC. From as long as I can remember, I was at the restaurant learning each of the...

Amy Sherit, CEO of Culture Owl

Amy Sherit, CEO of Culture Owl

 How did you get into the industry?By accident. As a marketer, I found that there was a need for a cultural marketing platform while marketing a client. So I decided to create something. Initially it was print driven and a quarterly publication, but soon enough the...

Franchise Interview: Rob Gaza, President of Sam’s Southern Eatery

Franchise Interview: Rob Gaza, President of Sam’s Southern Eatery

How did you get into the industry? We originally were involved with convenience marts, but decided that a family-style, value-driven restaurant serving delicious food would be a better investment. So, in 2008, we opened the first Sam’s Southern Eatery location in...

Franchise Interview – Phil Koch, President, Senior Retreat

Franchise Interview – Phil Koch, President, Senior Retreat

How did you get into the industry?For 13 years, I owned 3 Territories of a large In-Home Care Agency in Charlotte, NC before selling a little over a year back. What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model? To the best of my knowledge, we are only the...

Justin Buzzi, CEO Get Up and Go Kayak Franchise

Justin Buzzi, CEO Get Up and Go Kayak Franchise

How did you get into the industry? I was fortunate enough to find a unique gap in the outdoor recreation space. I noticed that recent trends showed an increasing amount of outdoor enthusiasts, especially in and around my market of Orlando, FL. After doing further...

Jonathan Strausser, CEO, American Veterans Restoration

Jonathan Strausser, CEO, American Veterans Restoration

How did you get into the industry? I got in through a friend that was in for 27 years. He taught me everything about the industry. What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model? New Branding. Where do you See Opportunities or Challenges for the...

After Body Meals – Franchise Business Interview

After Body Meals – Franchise Business Interview

How did you get into the industry?After Body Meals began in 2015 when owner/operator Kirk Girdley identified a growing demand for healthy home-cooked meals among those with busy schedules. Kirk's passion for health and cooking converged to create a product and service...

Franchise Interview – Randy Hines, President, Kolache Shoppe

Franchise Interview – Randy Hines, President, Kolache Shoppe

How did you get into the industry? After 13 years as a consultant, my wife and I decided it was time to try our hand at something different.  We had become friends with the owner of a local bakery whose pastries we loved!  He was looking to pass his legacy on to...

Antoine Meeks, CEO, Carpet Transformers

Antoine Meeks, CEO, Carpet Transformers

How did you get into the industry?I have been in the industry since 2011. I have had a carpet cleaning business before back in 1994- 2001. I originally got into this business because I saw it could be very lucrative and had a reasonable initial investment to start a...

Franchise Interview – Jillian Biltz, Founder, Mad Dog Armory

Franchise Interview – Jillian Biltz, Founder, Mad Dog Armory

How did you get into the industry? I was born and raised in New York and was never introduced to firearms. In 2005 I moved to Florida where firearm stores are prevalent. Being a female, I was discouraged at the lack of help I would get in visiting local firearm...

Franchise Interview – Will Nicoloso, CEO, Magic Bubbles Franchise

Franchise Interview – Will Nicoloso, CEO, Magic Bubbles Franchise

How did you get into the industry?What began with some strategic door-to-door marketing in 2007 quickly evolved into the founding of Magic Bubbles, Palm Beach County’s premier pressure cleaning company. Since the opening of our first office location in 2010, we have...

Franchise Interview – Mike Martin, Partner, Dog House Franchise

Franchise Interview – Mike Martin, Partner, Dog House Franchise

How did you get into the industry? The Dog House Franchising is owned by four partners (Mike Martin, Amish Desai, Shetal Desai, and Wesley Shepherd).  Mike Martin worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Durham, NC for 28 years and frequently ate at and admired The...

Franchise Interview – Ken Smith, Founder and CEO of Steak Escape

Franchise Interview – Ken Smith, Founder and CEO of Steak Escape

How did you get into the industry? I had grown up near Philly and grew up loving cheesesteaks.  I then took a job in Ohio and traveled intensively.  Could never find a cheesesteak so I felt I should try to introduce it to places outside of Philly and see if it would...

Franchise Interview – Alex Blair, CEO RestoPros

Franchise Interview – Alex Blair, CEO RestoPros

How did you get into the industry?RestoPros began in 2017 as an idea by Alex Blair, the company’s founder. All he had was a trailer, a dozen fans, and three dehumidifiers, but he was determined to create a water restoration and mold remediation company that truly...

Gary Thacker – Brothers Ez Moving

Gary Thacker – Brothers Ez Moving

How did you get into the industry? During my career in the traveling amusement industry we have the winter months off. I love to work and was looking for something to do in the slow winter months. I applied at a local moving company and was able to become a...

Gregg Rondinelli – Anodyne Pain

Gregg Rondinelli – Anodyne Pain

How did you get into the industry? I created a similar in house business within a box for a medical services provider company in a completely different field. The Franchise idea was better for conversions, while the other program was to build from the ground up. In...

CEO of One Hour Auto franchise

CEO of One Hour Auto franchise

How did you get into the industry? While pursuing a business degree in 2008 from Ohio University, my older brother (Kirby) and I decided to buy and sell some cars. He had always been in and around automobiles so that is what ultimately piqued my interest. 10 years...

Hussain Kedwaii, CEO Ked’s Artisan Ice Cream and Treats

Hussain Kedwaii, CEO Ked’s Artisan Ice Cream and Treats

How did you get into the industry?we got into the ice cream world 11 years ago when we decided to buyout a neighborhood ice cream shop less than 2 miles from our home. Our plan was to improve it the quality and customer service and introduce new flavors from around...

Chuck Wait – CEO, Chuck Wait Tires Franchise

Chuck Wait – CEO, Chuck Wait Tires Franchise

How did you get into the industry? Chuck Wait Tire is an industry leading tire shop located in Mowrystown, Ohio. Mowrystown is a small town with less than 300 residents. The local owner, Chuck Wait, established Chuck Wait Tire in 1983. Being a one-man shop, Chuck sold...

Mrs. Nicole Blais, CEO – Goshenite Senior Services Franchise

Mrs. Nicole Blais, CEO – Goshenite Senior Services Franchise

How did you get into the industry? My journey has always been one of wanting to make a difference for older adults and members of our community. I first began working as PSW in a Long-Term Care facility in 1997. In 1999 I was engaged in a pilot project to assist a...

Graham Kelly, Partner – Blue Ox Axe Throwing Franchise

Graham Kelly, Partner – Blue Ox Axe Throwing Franchise

How did you get into the industry? In April of 2018, Jerry Ferraro and Graham Kelley were in Minneapolis, Minnesota for Graham’s bachelor party. Included in the agenda of the weekend's activities was to go axe throwing at a local facility. Within minutes of their...

Leo Goldberger – The Patch Boys CEO

Leo Goldberger – The Patch Boys CEO

How did you get into the industry?I was in the real estate/construction trade all my life and in 2008, when the economy collapsed and the banks shut everything down, my construction business folded. Because of that, I decided to launch a niche business that’s...

Josh Wise – CEO, GrassRoots Turfcare Franchise

Josh Wise – CEO, GrassRoots Turfcare Franchise

How did you get into the industry?I started cutting grass when I was 14 and then found myself working in sales for a spray company when I was 20. While working in the industry, I saw things that could be done differently so I decided to start my own company to make a...

Love and Kush Patel – URMI Franchise

Love and Kush Patel – URMI Franchise

How did you get into the industry?My parents got into this industry back in 2003 by working for this industry and slowly learning all the techniques and using it to become an entrepreneur. What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model?There is nothing new in...

Mr. Joe Marrello, CEO, Bellini’s Counter Franchise

Mr. Joe Marrello, CEO, Bellini’s Counter Franchise

How did you get into the industry?Our family started in 1959 when my father, Anthony opened his first restaurant in Albany, NY. Since then we have continued to operate restaurants within the Capital District. What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model?Our...

Mr. Travis Powell – CEO, Essential Pros Franchise

Mr. Travis Powell – CEO, Essential Pros Franchise

How did you get into the industry?Immediately following college I began working for a staffing agency as a recruiter and it provided me the ability to work with many different people and grow quickly within the company. I found that there was no limit to the level of...

Matt and Anthony Pribonic – Level Red Boxing

Matt and Anthony Pribonic – Level Red Boxing

How did you get into the industry? I wanted to start a business which could be done around one’s schedule and personal priorities. Since I had a newborn baby, I made a list of things I could do in order to be there for her when she needed me. Bookkeeping/accounting...

Foxtail Coffee

Foxtail Coffee

How did you get into the industry?Foxtail Coffee Co. was created in 2016. While young, it has deep roots. The company was founded by Alex Tchekmeian and Iain Yeakle, whose friendship began years ago while in the same kindergarten class. Alex, a successful music...

Erin Flaherty – Flaherty Solutions

Erin Flaherty – Flaherty Solutions

How did you get into the industry? I wanted to start a business which could be done around one’s schedule and personal priorities. Since I had a newborn baby, I made a list of things I could do in order to be there for her when she needed me. Bookkeeping/accounting...

Lisa Schnurr – Funny Bus

Lisa Schnurr – Funny Bus

How did you get into the industry? Our love of comedy and being able to show off the city really made us want to do the Funny Bus. There is nothing better than hearing guests laugh and want to come back! What’s New in the Business or in the Franchise Model? The best...

Karen McCrady – Craft Factory

Karen McCrady – Craft Factory

How did you get into the industry? Art was the class I got A’s in. LOL I have always had the natural gift of being artistic and the creativity part followed. I would see things and want to recreate them for myself for half the cost. Holidays and Birthdays were always...

Tom Platania – ProCalcs

Tom Platania – ProCalcs

How did you get into the industry? In 1987 after finishing basic training and Army AIT, I was an Army National Guard. I started as a helper in Vineland NJ breaking down old giant boilers and assisting in installing new smaller ones. After years of working in every...

Raul Aranguren – Benvenuttis Pizza Factory

Raul Aranguren – Benvenuttis Pizza Factory

I started since day one in the foodservice industry. In 1989 I open, El Pacifico Pescaderia, a fresh fish and seafood wholesale, retail and restaurant business. In 1997 was hired by Nestle to open the Foodservice department in Puerto Rico. In 1999 I established...

Haim Elbaz – Kids Empire

Haim Elbaz – Kids Empire

The Native Influence Q+AMy NativeAdVice: We saw a similar concept in Spain and we decided to bring in France because we didn’t have anything comparable there.The success was immediate, which made us the Leader in Europe after 10 years with over 80 locations.Any...