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Top Business Leaders Show
This is the Top Business Leaders Show powered by Rise25 Media. We feature top founders, executives, and leaders from all over the world.
3 days ago
Journey to Entrepreneurship With Danijel Velicki, Founder and CEO of Sqwire
Danijel Velicki is the Founder and CEO of Sqwire and the Founder and Senior Partner of Opus Wealth Strategies LLC. With only $40 in his pocket, Danijel left Croatia in pursuit of the American Dream. After working his way through college, he became a successful entrepreneur. With decades of experience in personal finance, education, and communication, Danijel and the team at Sqwire help low to moderate-income families realize their financial promise by providing them with financial education. Opus Wealth Strategies is an independent financial and insurance services firm that guides businesses, families, and individuals nationwide to achieve the financial goals that are most important to them. In this episode… How do you go from a 17-year-old Croatian immigrant with only $40 in his pocket to a successful entrepreneur in America? Hard work, dedication, and some chance-taking. Sqwire Founder and CEO and Opus Wealth Strategies Founder and Senior Partner Danijel Velicki says, “you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” Danijel took a shot in 1995 when he came to America and began working his way through college. He now owns several businesses and has a family of his own. He enjoys the financial advisement work he does and continues to give back to his community. In this episode of the Top Business Leaders Show, Chad Franzen sits down with Danijel Velicki to discuss how his early life shaped his entrepreneurship, career, and family.
3 days ago
[SpotOn Series] From Homeless at 15 to the Owner of Multiple Restaurants
Dan Pool is the Owner and CEO of Pools Restaurant Group. He has owned and opened over 150 restaurants throughout the United States. Pools Restaurant Group currently consists of 30 Gandolfo’s Delis and 18 Petro’s Chili & Chips. Previously, Dan worked for Chili's and Bennigan's, owned several gourmet food trucks, and was the President of Golden Corral. In this episode… Some people learn through years of expensive college education. Others, like Dan Pool, learn through the school of hard knocks. When 15-year-old Dan came home to find all of his belongings tossed onto the front lawn, the future didn’t look bright. He was sleeping in friends’ cars and barely making enough to eat by working at fast food restaurants. But what started as a way to survive turned into a lifelong passion for the restaurant industry. Since then, he’s started several restaurants, became the President of Golden Corral, and created his current business, Pools Restaurant Group. In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by Dan Pool, Owner and CEO of Pools Restaurant Group, to discuss how to turn unfavorable circumstances into roaring success. Dan shares how he learned to run a business without any formal education, the mistakes that turned into valuable lessons, and why he decided to start his own restaurant group.
Jan 12, 2022
[SpotOn Series] Building a Virtual Brand To Boost the Restaurant Industry
Paul Allen is the President and Co-founder of Nextbite, a virtual restaurant. Nextbite helps commercial kitchens add innovative, online food delivery concepts to their line-up. Paul has over 25 years of experience spanning technology sales, marketing, and product development. He’s worked with teams at Intel, Motorola, Adobe, Autodesk; the states of Connecticut, Colorado, and Ohio; and dozens of technology startups. He has been a founder, investor, and board member of numerous venture-backed technology companies and led two tech startup accelerators, including one backed by Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans. In this episode… Restaurants have downtime. They’ve got space, employees, and ingredients to make food — but there’s no way to use them without orders flowing in. Wouldn’t it be nice to use those resources for some extra cash flow? Paul Allen started Nextbite to fill the gap. He’s created online brands that are made in local kitchens, using ingredients and kitchen space that restaurants already have. Consumers get delicious food orders to their doorstep, and restaurants fill empty hours with more revenue. It’s a win-win situation for the restaurant industry. In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by Paul Allen, President and Co-founder of Nextbite, to discuss how he is helping local restaurant owners with a new virtual restaurant. Paul talks about why he’s passionate about keeping local restaurants alive, how his other company, Ordermark, helps businesses with online ordering and delivery, and the process of partnering with Nextbite.
Jan 5, 2022
Getting Unstuck Through the Power of Selfishness
Mike Malatesta is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and the Founder of Advanced Waste Services. He is the Leader of ERC Midwest, a holding company formed to purchase and grow other businesses that specialize in solving complex waste problems. Mike is also the author of the forthcoming book, Owner Shift: How Getting Selfish Got Me Unstuck, and host of the How’d It Happen Podcast. Mike is on a mission to help 1,000 entrepreneurs create companies that become worth more than $20 million each. Options rather than obligations drive him, and he hopes to create new opportunities, relationships, and success stories as a result of doing what he loves. In this episode… Many people have come to a point in their career where they feel like they’ve eclipsed their skillset or begun hating the things they used to love. Mike Malatesta calls this the “valley of uncertainty.” So, how do you avoid getting stuck in this dark place? Sometimes you need to break to discover a breakthrough. After tragically losing his business partner, Mike found himself in the valley of uncertainty. He had no luck thinking his way out of the situation and decided that his perspective needed to change. Mike concluded that he had the power to turn this bleak situation around and became receptive to the help he needed — something difficult for many entrepreneurs. The most significant factor in pulling himself out of the valley of uncertainty? Mike became selfish. In this episode of the Top Business Leaders Show, Chad Franzen sits down with entrepreneur, investor, and author Mike Malatesta to talk about overcoming entrepreneurial struggles. Mike discusses how he came out of the valley of uncertainty, shifted his business, and teaches others to think big. Mike also details the entrepreneurial advice in his book, Owner Shift, and shares how you can get a free chapter of the book before it’s released!
Dec 29, 2021
[SpotOn Series] Networking in Style at Baltimore’s Finest Luxury Business Club
John Bonavia is the Founder of The Gateway Advantage, a luxury business club in Baltimore. The Gateway Advantage aims to create a professional network environment for business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors to meet like-minded people and find innovative solutions. John is a sales and marketing guru who uses his skills in problem-solving, ethics, leadership, and creativity to meet sales, profitability, and growth objectives. Previously, he was a Regional Sales Manager for First Data Corporation, a Property Manager for Macerich, and a Contract Specialist for The National Institutes of Health. In this episode… You look to the left and see a successful CEO of a multimillion-dollar company. You look to the right and see an energetic young owner of a startup. This is the exciting reality of The Gateway Advantage in Baltimore. A luxury business club, The Gateway Advantage fosters an environment of ingenuity, class, and success. Members mix and mingle to create new partnerships, network with other entrepreneurs, and meet investors. It’s a haven for brilliant minds to meet and generate a brighter future for businesses. So come sip exquisite wine, dine on fine fare from the city’s top chefs, and let the ideas flow. In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by John Bonavia, the Founder of The Gateway Advantage, to discuss how he created a stellar business club in Baltimore. John describes his vision for The Gateway Advantage, the hurdles he’s overcome on his business journey, and the benefits that new club members will enjoy.
Dec 22, 2021
Driving Success Through Innovative Compensation Plans
Verne Harnish is the Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 180 partners on six continents. Verne chairs the annual ScaleUp Summits and serves on several boards, including Chair of The Riordan Clinic, Co-founder and Chair of Geoversity, and Board Member of the Million Dollar Women community. Verne is the Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a peer-to-peer network for entrepreneurs with over 14,000 members worldwide. He is also a keynote speaker and the author of multiple best-sellers, including Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up — which has been translated into 23 languages and won eight major international book awards. In this episode… Nowadays, employees are gravitating towards non-traditional compensation plans. But what’s the benefit of exploring new incentive methods? Verne Harnish says that there’s a strategic advantage in crafting a cutting-edge compensation plan. You’ll stand out from competitors, drive more candidates to your company, and bring your team closer together. However, there are some key techniques to find success in a new compensation method. You shouldn’t copy another companies’ plan — it should be a distinctive plan that aligns with your organization’s culture and customer. Want to learn more about the value of differentiating your compensation plan? Listen to this episode of the Top Business Leaders Show, where Verne Harnish, Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, is interviewed by Co-hosts John Corcoran, Dr. Jeremy Weisz, Elise Holtzman, Joshua Chin, and Adi Klevit. Verne shares everything business owners need to know about compensation plans, including where to start, important perks to consider, and mistakes leaders make when drafting their compensation methods. You don’t want to miss it!
Dec 15, 2021
[SpotOn Series] Reimagining Food Tours to Support Local Restaurants
Ben Brown is the Founder and President of TastePro, a self-guided food tour company. With TastePro’s tours, participants can try the best foods from multiple restaurants at a fraction of the price. Ben is a seasoned hospitality professional with a fanatical passion for food. He has experience with corporate food and beverage marketing, strategy, and analytics and has worked with companies including MGM Resorts International, Princess Cruises, and more. Ben is also currently the Vice President of Marketing for ConverseNow, an AI platform that is revolutionizing the restaurant industry. In this episode… If you have a passion for traveling and food, trying new restaurants is probably top-of-mind anywhere you go. So, how do you find the best, most authentic places to eat in each location? How about a self-guided food tour? As a content strategist for Princess Cruises, Ben Brown loved to take guided food tours during his travels to experience the finest local cuisine. He discovered amazing food through these tours and wanted to find a way to make them accessible to a mainstream audience. One day the light bulb went off: what if there were self-guided food tours online that allowed people to take a tour on their own time with their chosen group of friends? With this idea, TastePro was born. Now, thousands of people have enjoyed local specialties with Ben’s uniquely curated walking tours. In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by Ben Brown, the Founder of TastePro, to discuss how he’s supporting local restaurants through self-guided food tours. Ben talks about the inspiration behind TastePro, the entrepreneurial skills he gained from past experiences, and how he pivoted during the pandemic to keep TastePro and the local food industry above water.
Dec 8, 2021
How One Entrepreneur Pivoted His Career, Solved a Universal Problem, and Grew His Business
Kyle Ewing is the President and Founder of TerraSlate, the leading provider of waterproof and rip-proof printer paper. Founded in 2015, TerraSlate has grown into a multimillion-dollar company that does business in over 85 countries worldwide. Kyle became a full-time entrepreneur in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to build his first company, Guerrilla Tags ID Systems. Since then, he has collaborated with fellow entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to develop new systems, metrics, and growth strategies for emerging companies in the tech and renewable resources industries. Kyle is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Chair of the Board for Seven Ribbons Foundation. Before TerraSlate, Kyle founded Teslyne and MBA Adventure Tours and worked at companies including Brightstar and Sand Cherry Associates. In this episode… Many entrepreneurs have exceptional ideas, but what does it take to turn those ideas into reality? For Kyle Ewing, it’s all about the execution and follow-through. After a couple of startups, Kyle successfully created a waterproof paper company — but it didn’t come without challenges. Kyle began the company in his basement, experimenting with different materials to test the paper’s durability. After many iterations, Kyle landed on the prototype that would eventually turn this basement startup into a multimillion-dollar company. Want to hear Kyle’s tips and tricks for entrepreneurs trying to grow a startup? In this episode of the Top Business Leaders Show, Chad Franzen joins Kyle Ewing, the President and Founder of TerraSlate, to talk about the entrepreneurial journey. Kyle shares his startup mistakes, how he grew TerraSlate into a multimillion-dollar company, and his advice for other passionate entrepreneurs looking to sell their products. Stay tuned!
Dec 1, 2021
[SpotOn Series] The Secrets to Starting a Sustainable Restaurant
Glenn Cybulski is an award-winning executive chef with over 25 years of restaurant experience. He has opened 24 of his own restaurants, consulted for Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza, and developed a dough recipe that they purchased from him for $80,000. He's also consulted for Pieology, a restaurant company that has over 150 locations, and has spoken at multiple expos, including the International Artisan Bakery Expo and the International Pizza Expo. Glenn has written for Pizza Today magazine, Outside magazine, and Franchise Times, and has appeared on the Food Network and multiple other television outlets. Additionally, Glenn is the Founder of Tossed, Sauced & Baked, which features award-winning sauces infused with cannabis. In this episode… The wonderful aroma of a freshly cooked meal fills the air. You’re surrounded by loving friends and family. Just like millions of people around the globe, you’ve all been brought together by one simple thing — food. Chefs in every corner of the planet strive to create that environment for people to enjoy. However, you can’t fulfill that dream without a solid business plan. No matter how amazing your product tastes, if you don’t market it correctly, no one will know. Similarly, there are certain steps to follow if you want your restaurant to be sustainable. So, how can you develop a plan that will fulfill your culinary dreams and create a welcoming environment for people to enjoy? In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by Glenn Cybulski, an award-winning chef and the Founder of Tossed, Sauced & Baked, to discuss his strategies for successfully starting a restaurant. Glenn talks about his 25 years of experience in the food industry, shares advice for anyone contemplating opening a restaurant, and explains why a pandemic isn’t such a bad time to start. Plus, he gives the inside scoop on his latest project, Tossed, Sauced & Baked.
Nov 24, 2021
Surviving Financial Crisis, the Pandemic, and Building a Business Through Tough Times
Ivan Barratt is the Founder and CEO of The BAM Companies, which specialize in the acquisition and management of multifamily apartment communities. The BAM Companies consist of BAM Capital, BAM Management, and BAM Construction and have over $593 million in total assets. Ivan’s company has been listed three times on the Inc. 5000 list. In addition to his role at The BAM Companies, Ivan is also a Managing General Partner for 11 apartment complexes, the Owner of two apartment complexes, and the President of the Reserve at Broad Ripple Homeowners Association. He has held several leadership positions at the Penrod Society and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). In this episode… Every business faces challenges in its launch period. But what does it take to build your business during all-encompassing economic hardships? Ivan Barratt has the answer. Two years after the financial crisis in 2008, Ivan started his real estate company. Ten years later, they were hit again with the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, Ivan built a strong foundation for his business, allowing them to flourish during the tough times. So, what’s his secret? Much of his company’s success lies in its culture. For Ivan, it’s important that his team has fun, lifts each other up, and continues growing — because when your people grow, your company grows. In this episode of the Top Business Leaders Show, John Corcoran is joined by Ivan Barratt, Founder and CEO of The BAM Companies, to talk about leading through challenging times. Ivan shares his tips for finding success in your business, the importance of company culture and client experience, and the people that have taught him valuable lessons. Stay tuned!
Nov 17, 2021
[SpotOn Series] Making Your Restaurant Dream a Reality
Jeannette Goldman is the Owner of Start Your Restaurant Business, a consultancy that provides one-on-one coaching, e-learning courses, and other helpful resources for first-time restaurant entrepreneurs. Jeannette has been helping people pursue their dreams of owning a food business for over 10 years. Throughout her storied career, she has started several of her own businesses, including cafes, catering businesses, a retail store, and a multimedia company, which she still currently owns. In this episode… You’ve got a flair for cooking and a dream to open up your own restaurant. But where do you even begin? It’s no secret that the restaurant industry is tough. Jeannette Goldman tried and failed the first time she opened a restaurant, but she took those hard lessons and used them to successfully launch four more businesses. Now, she offers her expertise to other entrepreneurs who share her passion for the food industry. In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joine…
Nov 10, 2021
From Lemonade Stands to Building High-End Restaurants
Michael Boaz is the Founder of Boaz Construction, which offers budget development, vendor and subcontractor management, equipment sourcing, and more. General Contractors Magazine has recognized Boaz Construction as one of “The Best Commercial Contractors in Indianapolis, Indiana,” “The Best Tenant Improvement Contractors in Indianapolis, Indiana,” and “The Best Apartment and Condo Interior Contractors in Indianapolis, Indiana.” Michael is also the Founder of iRestore, LLC, which offers roof inspection and replacement services, and Meadows Design Complex, which focuses on property management and redevelopment. He is certified by Procore Technologies as a Project Manager of Core Tools. In this episode… From running lemonade stands at a young age to building high-end homes and commercial buildings today, Michael Boaz has been through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. So, what has his experience taught him about business leadership? Like many across the globe, Michae…
Nov 3, 2021
The Most Important Leadership Lessons From 2,000+ Business Leaders
Among all of the influential leaders they’ve interviewed, there’s a major lesson that sticks out for both Jeremy and John: leaders should constantly be learning, growing, and expanding their skillset. As a business leader, it’s vital to strive for improvement for yourself and your employees, business, and community. What other characteristics are key for successful business leaders? In this episode… Together, Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran have a collective two decades of podcasting experience. They’ve each interviewed over 1,000 guests, from CEOs to billionaires to entrepreneurs across all industries. By connecting with so many business leaders, Jeremy and John have learned what it takes to succeed. In this episode of the Top Business Leaders Show, Rise25 Co-founders Dr. Jeremy Weisz and John Corcoran discuss the most important qualities they see in top business leaders. Using examples of the inspirational people they’ve connected with through podcasting, they bring…