Behind the Scenes: Innovations in K-12 & Non-Commercial with Marlon Gordon, Founder & CEO of NxtGen Network
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In this episode of the Titans of Foodservice podcast, host Nick Portillo speaks with Marlon Gordon, Founder and CEO of NxtGen Network. Marlon is transforming the education and non-commercial space through his groundbreaking initiatives and creative marketing agency. From a digital magazine for K-12 to the revolutionary platform known as First Taste TV, Marlon's team is pushing boundaries and redefining what's possible. Marlon also talks about Ignite, an event focused on the power of partnerships and building relationships to drive progress in the industry. Tune in to hear about Marlon's journey and the inspiring work he's doing in the food service industry!


  • “All these organizations I've built relationships and partnerships with. And we just cross-promote each other and grow together. Because what's the point of competing with people when you can work together and get someplace that you couldn't get by yourself?” -Marlon Gordon [28:34]

  • “I think one of the biggest lessons that I've learned is you can't be everything for everyone as much as you want to be. And this was especially difficult for me when I first started the company." -Marlon Gordon [46:12]


05:37 Transforming education and non-commercial foodservice 

10:42 Entrepreneurial challenges 

20:11 Industry-focused content creation and sharing

30:26 Small steps to achieve success

34:28 Innovative events for networking

45:12 Taking risks 

49:59 Embracing core competencies and niches


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