ContenderCast with Justin Honaman

Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. Justin Honaman is a digital technology leader, leadership author, communicator, story-teller, and co-founder of Contender Brands based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information, visit Every winner started as a contender!
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Apr 22, 2019

Sisters Jacklyn and Cassie Collier were looking to give their parents a unique gift for the holidays. Finding nothing in the stores, they designed a board game from scratch, crafted with their own memories and family traditions. They converted that idea into a commercial game and join Justin to discuss launching this “bundle” of fun game and a new business.

Apr 15, 2019

Laura Whitaker is the Executive Director of Extra Special People (ESP) – an organization that serves children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families through year-round thrive programs, family support, and community involvement. Laura joins Justin to discuss her leadership journey and future growth for this incredible organization. 

Apr 8, 2019

Theo Lee is the CEO & Cofounder of KPOP Foods, a Korean food consumer packaged goods company. Theo spent four years working in finance and banking and then received his MBA from UCLA Anderson, where he focused on entrepreneurship. Theo and his co-founder, Mike Kim, started KPOP Foods while at UCLA Anderson and continue to focus on making KPOP Foods the premier Korean food brand for America. Theo joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the business! Come hungry.

Apr 1, 2019

Social Sparkling Wine is a truly clean, organic, low-calorie, gluten and sulfite-free sparkling sake rice wine now available in more 4,000 retail locations nationwide. Leah Caplanis joins Justin to discuss her experience launching and growing the business. It's time to enjoy alcohol without compromising your healthy habits!

Mar 25, 2019

Greg Buzek is the Founder and President of IHL Group and one of the Founders of the Retail Orphan Initiative, a charitable foundation that seeks to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. Greg joins Justin to discuss launching his business and this global charitable organization. 

Mar 18, 2019

What do you do with an idea? Brian Fried is a product inventor, author, radio host, consultant and Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA). He is the author of Inventing Secrets Revealed, You & Your Big Ideas and Invention Playbook for Inventors with Big Ideas. Brian joins Justin for Part 2 of a conversation centered on bringing product ideas to life.

Mar 14, 2019

Lara Hodgson is the Founder and CEO of NOW Corp. NOW’s mission is to create “A World without AR” for all businesses that sell to other businesses and governments – essentially redefining how businesses get paid. NOWaccount®, enables businesses to get paid immediately and partners with businesses to free-up cash-flow. Lara is a globally recognized business and entrepreneurship leader and joins Justin to discuss growing the business.

Mar 11, 2019

Léon & George, the trendsetter of indoor house plants, is providing the best experience in buying quality greens paired with architectural designer pots. Gorgeous, responsibly-sourced living plants are pre-potted and delivered right to your doorstep—thriving even when shipped across the country.Bring Nature Indoors: Premium plants, potted and delivered. Ron joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Mar 7, 2019

Over the past 40 years, Tom Stanley and his daughter Sarah Stanley Fallaw have been involved in research examining how self-made, economically successful Americans became that way. Sarah Fallaw joins Justin to discuss her new book and strategies for building wealth.

Mar 4, 2019

Monique joins Justin to discuss their new line of get-to-know-you conversation card games, the New York Toy Fair, and more!

Feb 25, 2019

In 2008, G. Brian Benson followed a hunch and left his family’s golf center business, stepping into the unknown. Ever since, inspiration has followed. Letting intuition be his guide, he began to step out of his comfort zone and unexpected paths and talents started to emerge such as writing, acting, and crafting stories.Brian joins Justin to discuss his new success book.

Feb 18, 2019

MoveMe Activewear, inspired by and designed in the colorful and vibrant city of New Orleans Louisiana, is a high-quality brand that feels good, looks good and is proudly made in the USA.Cara Joseph joins Justin to discuss launching the activewear brand.

Feb 11, 2019

22 year-old Daniel “D” Katz is the founder of No Cow, the fast-growing brand of vegan, dairy-free protein bars. D has always been the curious, entrepreneurial, obsessive there’s-got-to-be-a-better-way type. The kind of kid that owns his own business at age 12. When he thinks of something, he goes out and does it. D joins Justin to discuss launching the business as well as his newest innovation, the No Cow Energy Bar.

Feb 7, 2019

Cathy Hotka connects retail leaders to advance the industryAfter starting her career in the White House and on Capitol Hill, Cathy turned to association work. In her seven years at the National Retail Federation, she created the NRF CIO Council and NRFtech, which have changed the way CIOs converse. As one of the most connected people in retail, she established Cathy Hotka & Associates in 2002 to create a community for the retail industry that enabled better knowledge-sharing, constructive brainstorming, and new solutions to old issues. Cathy joins Justin to discuss Retail and growing her own business through relationships.

Feb 4, 2019

Adrian Salamunovic is a renowned growth hacker and one of the world's top experts in earned media and PR. He is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of CanvasPop. Adrian and co-author Cameron Herold have written an incredible new book called Free PR:  How to Get Chased By The Press Without Hiring A PR Firm. Adrian joins Justin to discuss the world of marketing, PR and many of the strong concepts in his book.

Jan 31, 2019

Wynd Technologies, Inc. is based in Redwood City, California and was founded by Raymond Wu in 2014. Wynd creates products that help people breathe healthier air wherever they go. Ray joins Justin to discuss making the move from investment firm and strategy consultant to entrepreneur. Use code “WyndxContender” for 10% off orders.

Jan 28, 2019

TripOutside was founded by Julie and Reet Singh out of a shared enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and travel. TripOutside allows customers to discover top outdoor destinations and rent the gear they need to experience them. No more searching for and contacting shops, checking gear availability, booking over the phone, waiting for bikes, skis and kayaks to be prepared, and tedious waiver processes.  Customers find their favorite activities and destinations on and book their gear online quickly and easily. Julie joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Jan 21, 2019

Urban Axes is the country’s leading indoor recreational axe throwing facility. Founded in 2016 in Philadelphia, PA by four friends, Urban Axes combines the excitement of axe throwing with friendly competition in a social atmosphere. Urban Axes is an experience unlike any other that everyone (21+) can enjoy and a founding member of the National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF). Krista Paton joins Justin to discuss leaving the corporate world to launch this exciting new entertainment concept.

Jan 17, 2019

What do you do with an idea!? The answer is in today’s podcast! Inventor Brian Fried is a product inventor, author, radio host, consultant and Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA). He is the author of Inventing Secrets Revealed, You & Your Big Ideas, and Invention Playbook for Inventors with Big Ideas. Brian joins Justin to discuss bringing ideas to life.

Jan 14, 2019

DYLN, is a company that creates reusable water bottles that turn water into alkaline water. Since 2015, DYLN has eliminated more than 80 million plastic bottles worldwide by preventing the need to buy single-use alkaline bottles. Dorian Ayres is the founder of the company and his life journey and the story of the brand are both very inspiring. Dorian joins Justin to discuss building the business, preserving the environment, and inspire healthy lives, one bottle at a time.

Jan 7, 2019

Science fiction has become reality. Imagine downloading any electronic device that you want then printing it in minutes. That’s what’s possible with the Electronic Alchemy eForge. Dr. Chance Glenn joins Justin to discuss the 3D Printing industry, launching a NASA-backed business in the space, and the growth potential for the market.

Jan 3, 2019

For decades, the only cases available for contact lens wearers have been plastic, cheap and disposable. Not anymore. Meet the Lenspod. Entrepreneur, Avi Sharoni, wants to create a cleaner, greener and more premium option – Lenspod is one of the first innovations in contact lens storage in years. Avi joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Dec 27, 2018

Kim Paciotti is a certified professional dog trainer; a canine scientist specializing in puppies. Her research within the field of puppy training led Kim to create The Empowered Puppy Program, an exciting approach to training the whole puppy- mentally, physically, and socially. Kim believes that solving the ongoing issue of dog surrenders to shelters and rescues begins with a solid foundation in puppyhood. Kim joins Justin to discuss building the business –one puppy at a time!

Dec 20, 2018

Tend is an innovative new event staffing platform that recently launched in the Los Angeles region. Tend is the first-ever digital marketplace for event staffing, connecting event hosts to a network of Tenders (bartenders, servers, and wait staff). Davis Waddell joins Justin to discuss launching this new marketplace.

Dec 17, 2018

Joe Meyer is the Founder & CEO of ExecThread – a premium, peer-to-peer job sharing network and the leading aggregator of unpublished executive-level job opportunities in the world. Joe joins Justin to discuss launching the business, and how his company is providing a level playing field for underrepresented professionals.

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