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This week on Franchise Today, our guests are co-founders of Pinot's Palette, Charles Willis and Craig Ceccanti. They will discuss how they've started their "sip and paint" brand at the height of tough economic times and have successfully grown to a world-class franchise brand despite being a relatively new industry segment and entertainment option while competing against a multitude of copycat brands. Pinot's Palette has been ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine in its Annual Franchise 500 and recipient of Entrepreneur's Fastest Growing Franchise, Top Service Franchise and Top New Franchise awards in 2014. It has also been recognized as a leader in franchisee satisfaction by Franchise Business Review as FBR50 award winner two years in a row, 2014 above average in every category and ranked #8 in franchisee satisfaction in FBR’s Emerging Trends report.
Franchise Today is back and stronger than ever as it marches towards its 6th year on the air. After a period of organizational change and subsequent transition back to Franchise Foundry, Franchise Today founder, Paul Segreto is back as show host and his first guest is Mary Kennedy Thompson, President of Mr. Rooter Plumbing and Executive Vice President of The Dwyer Group.
About Our Guest
Mary Kennedy Thompson became president of Mr. Rooter Corporation in October 2006. Mary came to Mr. Rooter from national franchisor Cookies by Design, where she was president of the franchisor corporation. She came into the franchising industry as a franchisee first when in 1994, when she opened a Cookies by Design® franchise in Austin, Texas. In the next three years she opened two additional locations. As a multi-unit franchise owner, Mary led the company in market penetration and sales, earning awards for “Top Performer, “Outstanding Customer Service” and “Masters Award”.
In 2003 she earned her certified Franchise Executive certification from the International Franchise Association. Promoted to President of the company in 2004, Mary’s initiatives resulted in alliances with universal Studios, a new web site that provided an immediate increase in sales, and renewed franchisee/franchisor relations.
At the end of her first year as president of Mr. Rooter Corporation, U.S. Business Review selected Mary as one of its 2007 Editor’s Choice Executives of the Year. Today Mr. Rooter is the fastest growing plumbing franchise with more than 336 locations worldwide.
In 2014 Mary was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Dwyer Group while also retaining her current role as President of Mr. Rooter. As Executive Vice President she provides support to the CEO in the daily activities and operations of the company and its subsidiary brands.
We have a great show today - We are meeting with Mark Dawson, CEO and President of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain.
Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ was launched in 2014 by a team with decades of plumbing franchise industry experience. It is a proud member of Home Brands Group™, which manages popular franchise companies that date back to 1979, including the Re-Bath® full bathroom remodeling brand. While bluefrog Plumbing + Drain™ is the newest national plumbing company, we've already made a splash, mixing proven systems and years of experience with new innovation and exceptional territory availabilit
This Light Giver International Association Sunday Service features a discussion of our second series of Golden Age Messages, followed by the World Sourccination Ceremony. Our topic for October is, “Love, Kindness and Mercy, Part 1" which is the sixth message in the second series of Golden Age Messages from an self chosen group of anonymous higher beings. These massages were recorded by Gregory Scott, LGIA founder.
The World Sourccination Ceremony provides clearing and healing for our people, planet and solar system.
You may repeat, on your own, the Sourccination process presented on this program by going to www.lightgivers.org and following the instructions there. If you wish personal attention, please use the contact option on the website to let us know of your interest. We will promptly respond.
In celebration of National Franchise Week and Day 2 of the International Franchise Expo, we're brining you special guest Rich Delgiorno, Business Development and Show Manager for MFV Expositions. MFV Expos manages and produces the International Franchise Expo, the largest public franchise expo in the country, which is this weekend at the Javits Center in New York City! Rich will be talking about the history of the IFE (International Franchise Expo), what's involved in participating in networking events, and how franchisors can use them to benefit their brands. We'll also talk about some of the benefits associated with networking events, and how technology and social media are being utilized in this space.
About Our Guest
Rich Delgiorno, Business Development and Show Manager for MFV Expositions, has more than 35 years of service, sales and management experience. He has been with MFV Expositions for over 30 years, and his main responsibility is to promote and grow the International Franchise Expo which is in its 23rd year and is held in June in New York City. Prior to MFV Rich has been in sales and service for three large hotels in NYC and Miami and was the National Sales Manager for the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Everyone who investigates franchising today ends up on the internet looking for information. During your exploration, you will discover a number of websites that are 100% dedicated to providing vast amounts of information on franchising in a highly professional format. These websites are commonly referred to as ‘franchising web portals’ and in this month’s podcast we are privileged to have the GM of one of the most important web portals – Franchise Gator's Eric Bell – as our guest. If you are interested in learning more about how to use these sites more effectively or simply have questions to that you would like to ask, please join us for this fascinating topic.
About Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus
Rick Bisio's Franchise Focus is a weekly podcast devoted to exploring key issues in franchising. Co-hosts Rick Bisio and Graham Chapman interview industry leaders (franchisees, franchisors, service providers, media members, etc.) who share powerful advice related to successful franchise ownership.
Bisio, the Amazon-best selling author of the Educated Franchisee and a leading consultant for FranChoice, is dedicated to helping Franchise Focus listeners realize their dreams of business ownership. Listeners are encourage to take advantage of the following resources as part of their due diligence process:
Rick's A Franchise Coach website
The Educated Franchisee Book
The Educated Franchisee website
The FDD Exchange
The Glossary of Franchise Terms
This week on Franchise Friday, host Brendan Major is joined by Gus Iurillo of The Entrepreneur's Source. Gus will be joining us to talk about exploring semi-absentee franchise ownership as a means of diversification, including the definition of a semi-absentee business, what makes someone a good candidate to explore this avenue, some examples of semi-absentee business models, and much more!
About Our Guest
Gus Iurillo has been an Entrepreneur's Source coach and multi-unit franchise owner for the last 12 years. During that time, he has assisted nearly 250 people to realize their aspiration, to own their own business. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in Corporate America, working in marketing roles of increasing responsibility for 4 different Fortune 500 companies.
Join us for an episode of ZorCast where we'll be talking to three member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) about their exciting new initiative, the Franchise Action Network (FAN). FAN is a new program from the IFA helping to combat the current legislative and regulatory threats facing the franchise industry. You'll hear all about the network, learn about how and why you should get involved, and more.
About Out Guests
Erica Farage, Senior Director of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy, manages IFA’s PAC and directs their grassroots strategy.
Chris Krueger, Director of Grassroots Advocacy, manages IFA’s grassroots network, the Franchise Action Network (FAN).
Riley Titus, Coordinator of Government Relations & Public Policy, supports the state and grassroots efforts of IFA.
Marketing International Association with Peter Mingils and Doris Wood
Peter Mingils with BuildingFortuneRadio.com will be interviewing the Chairman of MLMIA, Doris Wood. For nearly 30 years MLMIA has been a major force in defining the ethics, legalities and opportunities in Network Marketing.
This week we will start a monthly basic questions and answers section.
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Over the last eight years, Franchise Interviews weekly radio show has interviewed some amazing leaders in the world of franchising. This October, Franchise Interviews is featuring “Great Women Leaders in Franchising” month. Today’s Great Women Leaders in Franchising is with Hala Moddelmog. Hala Moddelmog served as president of the Arby’s franchise system. Arby’s has approximately 3,500 units and annual system-wide sales of approximately $3 billion. Under Hala’s leadership, Arby's had 12 repeated quarters of comparable store sales increases and increased EBITDA by 80 percent from 2011 to 2012. Her team created new brand positioning, launched new product platforms and new advertising campaigns and redesigned the logo.
In 2006, she was chosen as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s biggest grassroots organization working to eliminate breast cancer through teaching, knowledge, public policy and science throughout the globe. While she was president, Komen received its first-ever 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, there was an increase the number of corporate sponsors and she led international mission delegations to Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Moddelmog was the first woman to lead an international restaurant company when in 1995 she was named president of Church's Chicken, the world’s third largest chicken brand with 1,500+ restaurants in 15 countries and nearly $1 billion in system sales. During her tenure, Church’s Chicken experienced eight years of consecutive comparable sales increases, which outpaced the food service industry growth rate.
This Light Giver International Association Sunday Service features a discussion of our second series of Golden Age Messages, followed by the World Sourccination Ceremony. Our topic for September is, What is Your Spiritual Purpose" which is the fifth message in the second series of Golden Age Messages from an self chose group of anonymous higher beings and were recorded by Gregory Scott, LGIA founder. The World Sourccination Ceremony provides clearing and healing for our people, planet and solar system. You may repeat, on your own, the Sourccination process presented on this program by going to www.lightgivers.org and following the instructions there. If you wish personal attention, please use the contact option on the website to let us know of your interest. We will promptly respond.
Radio MBS International will be launch our Radio Station on the 1 October 2014. We are excited to introduce to you all our host and line-up for the Radio Station.
We will be bring you host from around the globe all skilled in their professions and top of their fields. Radio MBS International looks forward to share all that is part of the MInd Body Spirit Industry.
This will be a 3 hour show so come and listen and meet your Host here on Radio MBS International
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