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Franchise Interviews

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 700 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 the category of interest on our website at http://www.franchiseinterviews.comWe 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.

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New Great Quote and Must Read Before Labor Day - Bubba Gump Shrimp

New Great Quote and Must Read Before Labor DayMany years ago, we started a spin-off podcast to Franchise Interviews called Great Quotes in Franchising. Great Quotes in Franchising features great quotes and aha moments from our show. We start today's show with our latest Great Quote in Franchising, which comes from Alex Wilkes of Pearle Vision. Alex discusses why pride in the brand name is so important when choosing a franchise opportunity.Must Read Before Labor DayOne of Marty McDermott's (Host of Franchise Interviews) favorite movies is Forrest Gump. So when we heard Scott Barnett, author of Gumption: Taking Bubba Gump from Movie to Restaurant, completed his book, we knew we had to have him on the show. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company decided on using franchising when it came time to expand globally. Scott shares some of these exciting stories, which can also be learned about in the book.Scott Barnett's restaurant knowledge began when he was a teenager parking attendant in a popular steakhouse in Palm Desert, California. Taking the hard road, he performed every job there was to do in the business as he cooked, served, bartended his way through college, and crashed into the restaurant industry in his rebellious and irreverent way.


4 Aug 2022

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July 4th Show - Lisa and Mark Freidel of Sign A Rama and Military Vet Sean Falk

Last week we met with A.J. Titus, the President of Sign-A-Rama and United Franchise Group.  A.J is also the author of “The List”.  Today we are going to play a clip from our interview with franchisees to Sign-A-Rama, Lisa and Mark Friedel.  Here is a quote from Lisa’s LinkedIn page. “I am a proud Army veteran with several years of experience in corporate America and also a business owner! My husband and I decided we wanted to make a difference in our community instead of commuting out of it every day. We provide jobs in our community, great products and kind and reliable customer service.”Part TwoAdvice to prospective franchisees from Sean Falk. Sean is a former US Marine infantry officer who served more than 8 years in active duty and reserves, including tours during Operation Desert Storm and in Bosnia..


4 Jul 2022

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A.J. Titus- Author of The List: Lessons from a Father on Franchise Interviews

We are meeting with A.J. Titus, President of United Franchise Group™, the global leader for entrepreneurs, and Signarama®, the world’s largest sign and graphics franchise.When A.J. Titus was a boy, his father taught him to memorize a list of eighteen principles for life. These principles became known as The List. In this concise yet thoughtful volume, Titus shares a list of fundamental life lessons taught by his father -- principles that have been instrumental in shaping him and which he hopes will impact others.  In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.


30 Jun 2022

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Batteries Not Included - Great Quotes in Franchising

Batteries Not Included – Today’s Great Quote in Franchising podcast comes from Tom Krouse, CEO of Donatos Pizza. Donatos is a family-owned, privately held company that treats Franchise Partners like they are part of the family. Its mission is to promote goodwill through its products and service, principles, and people. Tom discusses the importance of focusing your energy to the right place by using a great analogy “Batteries not Included”. Tom explains this notion in this Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.Runtime: 03:44 | Views: 468 |8/13/2000


28 Jun 2022

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Nancy Bigley, CEO of The Little Gym on Franchise Interviews

We are meeting with Nancy Bigley, Brand President and CEO of The Little Gym.  The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The Little Gym’s first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, LLC., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. The brand is part of Unleashed Brands, a global growth-focused platform company that curates and expands franchise brands that help kids learn, play and grow, including Snapology, Urban Air Adventure Park, Premier Martial Arts, Class 101 and XP League. The Little Gym International has nearly 400 locations in over 31 countries including the U.S., Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Thailand and more.In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.


23 Jun 2022

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Kaitlynn Caster of Pizza Guys Meets with Franchise Interviews

We are meeting with Kaitlynn Caster of Pizza Guys. Kaitlynn left her college education behind to run her very own Pizza Guys. From humble beginnings as a single pizza restaurant in 1986, Pizza Guys have become a recognized leader in the pizza industry. From the day they opened, we have been committed to serving our customers the highest quality food, providing superior service, and creating unique specialty pizza recipes that can be delivered quickly to your door. They continue to innovate their products and services, making ordering easier for our customers. Today, they have over 70 independently owned franchises run by men and women living and working in your community. Their success is due to our dedicated franchisees, thousands of dedicated team members, and loyal customers.The average franchise owner is male, 38 years old, and has a college education. Meet 24-year-old Kaitlynn Caster, who left her college education behind to run her own Pizza Guys store. Caster uses her young age and fresh ideas to further the brand’s presence and hopes to show others that college is not the only path.Kaitlynn began her journey with Pizza Guys while working as a shift leader at the location her father owned during high school. While attending university, Caster felt that it was not the right choice and decided to make a change. She returned to work as a manager at her family-owned Pizza Guys location and became an owner in October 2021. Her commitment and drive for the business, as well as her approach to running the restaurant, has been the determining factor in her success. Being of young age, Caster embodies the brand’s continuous new products and concepts. She is also better able to connect with her young staff. In addition, her ambitious attitude means she already has plans to open more locations in her area.We also play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast


16 Jun 2022

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Mental Health Awareness Month and Massage Therapy Franchises

Did you miss our podcast “Mental Health Awareness Month and Massage Therapy Franchises?”May is mental health awareness month. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, almost 50% of adults in the United States will experience a mental health challenge during their lifetime. Moreover, a growing body of research supports the positive impact of massage therapy on relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. Many studies indicate it can provide benefits similar to psychotherapy for specific conditions.  Today we are going to play clips from three massage therapy franchises: We play our interview with Scott Schubiger, Chief Development Officer of the Massage Heights franchise opportunity. Massage Heights is a family-owned massage and wellness franchise dedicated to elevating the lives of others by providing Members and Guests with professional, affordable, and resort-quality massage, skincare, and wellness services. You will hear our interview with the President of the Hand & Stone franchise opportunity, Todd Leff. Todd discusses the Hand and Stone franchise opportunity. Hand and Stone provide quality, therapeutic customer-centered massage for your wellness. We play a clip of our interview with The Woodhouse Day Spa, an upscale chain of day spas offering more than 40 different treatments that encompass skin and body care, hand and foot care, massage therapy, specialty treatments, and more.

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9 Jun 2022

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Great Quotes in Franchising - Proud

Today’s Great Quote in franchising comes from Alex Wilkes of Pearle Vision. Alex discusses why being proud of the brand name is so important when choosing a franchise opportunity.


8 Jun 2022

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Ed Quinlan -President of Chem-Dry Franchise Opportunity on Franchise Interviews

We have a great show. We are meeting with Ed Quinlan, President of Chem-Dry - the world's leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service. Since its launch in 1977, Chem-Dry has become the recognized market leader by building a robust network of 1,800 franchises across the country. The brand was recognized as one of the top 500 franchises in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500(r), the world's first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Chem-Dry ranked on this prestigious list for its outstanding performance in unit growth, financial strength and stability, and overall brand power. Ed discusses the following: 1. Where are you calling from today? 2. Can you describe the history of Chem-Dry? What are some key milestones in the brand's history? 3. How do you describe the franchise to a prospective franchisee? 4. How has technology played a role in your business? 5. How big is your industry? How does Chem-Dry stand out? 6. What has been the most interesting thing that has happened to you since joining the Chem-Dry team in 2006 to now in your President role? 7. What strategies have led to Chem-Dry's sustained 45-year history? 8. Any recent performance marks you'd like to share? 9. What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to buy a franchise?10. What are Chem-Dry's plans for the future?In part two, we play a clip from our popular Great Quotes in Franchising podcast.


19 May 2022

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The Difference Between Opportunity and Regret -Great Quotes in Franchising

If you go to our “About Us” page, you will notice the first paragraph discusses why we started Franchise Interviews. It states the following: Every business has a story. That is one of the reasons we created Franchise Interviews. It is amazing and inspiring how ordinary people achieved extraordinary success through franchising. Today’s guest and franchisee is a classic example of someone achieving the American dream through franchising.Today’s Great Quote in Franchising comes from Tony Lutfi. Tony Lutfi,is the Chief Executive Officer of the Marlu Investment Group. The Marlu Investment Group are franchise owners to systems like Little Caesars, Sizzler, Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Church’s Chicken, Sears Appliance & Hardware Stores, Sears Home Appliance Showrooms, Sears Outlet Stores, and more.Runtime: 06:08 | Views: 76890 | Aug 7, 2022


12 May 2022