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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 contenderbrands.com. Every winner started as a contender!
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Sep 23, 2019

Former portfolio and hedge-fund manager turned leadership author and global financial thought-leader, Joel Salomon, returns to the ContenderCast to discuss his new book!

Sep 16, 2019

Will Nitze is the Founder and CEO of IQ BAR, a Boston-based brain and body nutrition company. After studying psychology as an undergrad at Harvard, Will became fascinated with the human brain and how it functions. After countless iterations in his kitchen, he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2017 and launched IQ BAR. Today, IQ BAR is in national distribution and growing rapidly. Will joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Sep 9, 2019

Nanobubble technology is the first aeration device registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for the natural elimination of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), which can spread dangerous toxins in recreational lakes and ponds. The scientific community believes that exposure to these toxins may lead to the development of neurological diseases like ALS, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's later in life. Until now, the only solution for HABs and other nuisance algae was pesticide use - so this is an extremely exciting step towards sustainability in our communities! Bo Burns, an aquatic biologist with SOLitude Lake Management joins Justin to discuss.

Sep 3, 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.

Aug 29, 2019

Julie Austin is an award-winning author, inventor, futurist, and innovation keynote speaker. Her patented product, swiggies, wrist water bottles, have been a NASDAQ product of the year semi-finalist and are currently sold in 24 countries. Julie joins Justin to discuss innovation trends and how to plant seeds for a lifetime of income!

Aug 26, 2019

Daisy Jing, a YouTube vlogger (with 70+M views) and young entrepreneur who founded and bootstrapped a now multi-million beauty product line named Banish, joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the business and how her YouTube channel drives activity and sales.

Aug 19, 2019

Nationwide, approximately 125 million used tennis balls wind up in America’s landfills every year. That is 20,000 metric tons of methane-producing, near non-decomposable rubber waste. U.S. tennis players recognize this as a significant environmental problem that no longer represents their sport. Derrick Senior, Founder and CEO of Recycleballs, joins Justin to discuss building the business.

Aug 12, 2019

Wild Earth is challenging the status quo with clean, sustainable, plant-based protein pet food made without animal ingredients and their mission is to provide healthier foods for our pets. Ryan Bethencourt, founder and CEO, joins Justin to discuss launching the business, the dog food market, and his experience on Shark Tank!

Aug 5, 2019

Eagle Pen Company is a provider of luxury fountain and rollerball pens to writers, art collectors, and history lovers. Their focus is building beautiful, American-made pens that incorporate historical artifacts such as Wright Brothers’ material, wood and metal from Presidential estates, original bricks from the White House, etc. Jeremy Piper, co-founder and CEO, joins Justin to discuss growing the business (in the USA) and releasing their Apollo 11 pen.

Jul 29, 2019

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Dixie Southern Vodka is the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast United States and the 9th fastest growing spirit brand in the country as ranked in 2019 by the Beverage Information Group. Matti Anttila joins Justin to discuss his move from investment banking into the spirits business.

Jul 22, 2019

Could the magazine world be hungry for something new?! Absolutely, according to Laura Quick, CEO and Founder of Good Grit Magazine! GGM brings a new approach to meeting readers where they are and serving advertisers. Laura and team are passionate about stories that lie on the outskirts of mainstream media and curating the work and lives of makers, creatives, authors, podcasters, artists, leaders and those that capture the spirit of the vibrant South. Laura joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Jul 15, 2019

Umberto Luchini is the founder and proprietor of Wolf Spirit LLC, a company which develops and owns spirit brands – such as Blood x Sweat x Teams Vodka of Eugene, OR -- as well as imports and markets others, such as Tom of Finland Organic Vodka from Finland. Umberto joins Justin to discuss launching and growing a new spirits brand. Che bello!

Jul 8, 2019

Rich Berens is the CEO of Root and author of What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering The 5 Misconceptions That Hold Leaders Back. What Are Your Blind Spots equips you with the tools needed for a personal leadership reset. You’ll discover how to increase engagement, productivity, and growth in your own organization. This is an invaluable guide for executives, managers, team leaders, and human resource professionals looking for an effective way to engage and motivate employees at every level of an organization. Rich joins Justin to discuss the book.

Jul 1, 2019

Ben Braithwaite is the Owner and Brand Creator of ChickenGuard - producers of the ChickenGuard automatic coop door opener and the world’s first, self-locking door kit. Chicken keeping is on a steady rise throughout the world and with ChickenGuard, Chicken keepers don’t have to dash home at dusk to close the coop and keep their hens safe from predators, and they can even sleep later as the door opens automatically in the morning. Ben joins Justin to discuss chicken, eggs, and consumer products!

Jun 27, 2019

Michelle Tillis Lederman one of Forbes Top 25 Networking Experts, is the author of four books including the internationally known, The 11 Laws of Likability Nail the Interview, Land the Job; Heroes Get Hired and the #1 new release The Connectors Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence and Impact Michelle is also a connection creator and CEO of Executive Essentials. Michelle joins Justin to discuss being a connector and application of her new book.

Jun 24, 2019

Adam Cole is an author, business leader and co-director of the Grant Park Academy of the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. Adam’s new book focuses on helping business leaders improve team performance via a structured improvisation model.  Adam shows how bandleaders get the most out of their teams and how to translate that into office interactions.

Jun 17, 2019

Bailey's Blossoms was born in 2009, at a kitchen table in Arizona, and was strictly hair accessories at first, but grew quickly into clothing and accessories as well. Bailey's Blossoms is now a multi-million dollar, socially driven ecommerce children's clothing line. Erin Hooley joins Justin to discuss launching and growing this ecommerce business.

Jun 10, 2019

Anne Beall is the CEO of Beall Research and author of Strategic Market Research: A Guide to Conducting Research that Drives Businesses. Anne joins Justin to discuss the book, how emotions influence purchasing, and even how animals and people help one another.

Jun 3, 2019

Adventurist Backpack Co. designs minimalist backpacks for travel, and for every backpack sold, they provide 25 meals to families in need across the country. Since their recent launch they have been able to provide over 75,000 meals to families in need across the U.S. Kelly Belknap joins Justin to discuss launching the business. You’ll want to opt outside with this backpack!

May 27, 2019

Beth Fynbo is an Army Veteran, full-time working mom, and came up with the first-ever placemat to keep toys in place! Time to end the toddler toss. Beth joins Justin to discuss creating the product and launching the business.

May 20, 2019

Ever thought about being a beekeeper? Or about using honey as a key ingredient for spirits? Claire Marin didn’t just think about it, she is doing it as founder and CEO of Catskill Provisions. Claire joins Justin to discuss how she turned her beekeeping hobby into an award-winning artisanal fine food and spirits business. Buzz!

May 13, 2019

BeatBox was founded by three millennial friends in 2011: their Party Punch was originally a blend of vodka, Crystal Light and cranberry juice served up in re-purposed Franziabags. A 2014 appearance on Shark Tank formalized things, as did the$1 million dollar investment from Mark Cuban. Co-Founder (and CMO/CXO) Brad Schultz joins Justin to discuss launching, growing and evolving the brand.

May 6, 2019

The mission at Fiddlestix Candy Company is to make people smile! You will be smiling too after you hear Stephanie Murray’s story. Stephanie joins Justin to talk lollipops and more on the Contendercast!

Apr 29, 2019

Moe Carrick, a best-selling author and Founder of Moementum, Inc., helps brave people do the hard things that make organizations great and benefit people, results, partners, the environment, and the community. Carrick seeks to help people thrive in the companies for which they work and grounds her approach in a unifying and undeniable truth: successful work is dependent on human relationships. Moe joins Justin to discuss her new book Bravespace Workplace: Making Your Company Fit for Human Life(Maven House).

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.

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