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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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Meyer is the Founder & CEO of ExecThread – a premium, peer-to-peer job sharing network and the leading aggregator of unpublished executive-level job opportunities in the world.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.

Dec 10, 2018

Janine Iannarelli is the Founder & President of Par Avion Ltd and is the top female representative selling and purchasing business aircraft internationally. Janine joins Justin to discuss launching and growing her business, the growth of business aviation, the importance of STEM/STEAM education and workforce development, and much more.

Dec 6, 2018

Wai-Loong Lim is founder and principal of Y Studios, a San Francisco-based design and research consultancy he launched with his wife/top design researcher in 2003. Wai is a hybrid creative: equally obsessed making 2-D and 3-D, spanning graphic, interface and industrial product design. He’s innovated the most successful consumer tech today includingTiVo, Sonos, and Philips, along with lifestyle and cultural groundbreakers—from footwear to coffee. Wai joins Justin to discuss product innovation and bringing ideas to life.

Dec 3, 2018

The Abele Group is a finance and technology company leading the financial industry into the digital age. It is made up of two subsidiary business units that work together leveraging blockchain and AI to increase security, efficiency, transparency and adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Phil Woods, Abele Group’s CEO, joins Justin to discuss launching this next-gen digital finance business.

Nov 26, 2018

Twenty-one years ago, founder and actor Lynne Lambert created the iconic NYC Subway Line under license from New York's MTA. Those cool products were her first foray into maps as art and include T-shirts and accessories featuring the NYC subway system. For years, customers had asked to create map-themed bags and other products for their locations. The concept is now reality with the new MAP'T GEAR division. Lynne joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the business.

Nov 19, 2018

Maxwell Cohen is the founder and CEO of Peel Away Labs, the innovative start-up company that developed Peelaways, the bedding industry’s first multilayered, disposable, waterproof fitted sheet designed for the home, industrial and healthcare markets. Maxwell joins Justin to discuss how he started the company and how he is growing it globally.

Nov 15, 2018

Husband and wife duo Kathy Larchian and Marco Perry are the founders of Brooklyn-based design and invention firm PENSA—a visionary product design firm known for creating the most groundbreaking tech innovations today. Marco joins Justin to discuss product development and how PENSA brings ideas to life.

Nov 12, 2018

Americans use 500 Million straws every single day. And Miles Pepper and Emma Cohen decided to do something about it. They founded FinalStraw – a company centered on creating the world’s first reusable, collapsible straw. In business now for over a year, they raised nearly $2m in Kickstarter funding and have been on Shark Tank. Miles joins Justin to discuss this new high-growth business.

Nov 8, 2018

Career paths are not linear. Starting in healthcare, moving into Consumer Goods, and now in the Venture Capital products space, Doug Rammel has navigated the twists and turns and is helping to fuel growth with companies like Suavecito Tequila, Didgebridge, and more. Doug joins Justin to discuss the industry at the Consumer Goods Technology League of Leaders event.

Nov 5, 2018

Dan Barry believes brands should be more like the people we love and respect. Brands should have the ability to laugh at themselves and own their personality, but display strong character and live with purpose. Marc Skid was created to fulfill that mission. Dan joins Justin to discuss launching Marc Skid.

Oct 29, 2018

Picture a bike equipped with a freezer and/or sink, perfectly suited for catering or product sampling, and a cool alternative to a food truck or push cart. That’s what Ferla Bikes is bringing to the market. Their mission is to bring the entrepreneurial spirit to people looking to start their own small business, or expand their larger sized one. Feras Bashnak and Kaity O’Keefe join Justin to discuss growing the business.

Oct 22, 2018

A serial entrepreneur and part of Techstars 2018, Ori Zohar is the co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, the first comprehensive single origin spice company in the United States. Ori joins Justin to discuss launching Burlap and Barrel and the lessons learned in growing the business.

Oct 15, 2018

Well-Kept Beauty, a mobile platform empowering consumers to track and monitor cosmetic ingredients and performance was launched in the last year by Sheena Franklin. Sheena joins Justin to discuss making the move from lobbying, government relations, and political science to entrepreneurship.

Oct 8, 2018

As the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue, a book that has been named a top 5 Marketing Book of the Year by, Robbie coined the popular business term ͞Membership Economy͟. Robbie joins Justin to discuss the Membership Economy and its impact on Consumer Goods and Retail companies.

Oct 1, 2018

If you like craft beer and pretzels, you will love hearing about the snack foods from Boardwalk Food Company! Andy Yochum joins Justin to discuss launching the business. Come hungry!

Sep 24, 2018

Imagine the possibilities…Uber for the skies! That’s the big idea behind GoSkyRyde. JB Adkins looks to build his brand as a flying taxi service with commercial small planes and pilots first, then add helicopters, then the same flying drones as Uber once they are Federally approved. JB joins Justin to discuss this high-flying start-up!

Sep 17, 2018

Eight years ago, Raymond King left the corporate world to lead Zoo Atlanta – one of the most recognized non-profits in Atlanta. Raymond took on many challenges in stabilizing the organization, increasing investment, setting a growth culture, establishing experience-centric opportunities for guests and putting animals first. Raymond joins Justin to discuss his leadership journey.

Sep 10, 2018

Janece Shaffer is an award-winning and internationally produced playwright and has written more than a dozen works. Janece has translated her story-telling expertise into a business collaborating with companies and individuals to create impactful stories for professional success and also a class at Georgia Tech. Janece joins Justin to share her story!

Sep 6, 2018

Nobody wants to think about being involved in an active shooter situation, but recent national tragedies remind us that the risk is real. Matt Materazo joins Justin to discuss building a business in the ballistic protection products space and launching a new consumer product PakProtect.

Sep 3, 2018

Known for their bustling tables, the sizzle of onions and garlic in the wok, and a wait time so legendary that customers start to line up before the doors even open, Burma Superstar and Burma Love restaurants are a San Francisco Bay Area institution! Desmond Tan joins Justin to discuss launching and growing Burmese restaurant destinations while delivering a memorable guest experience.

Aug 30, 2018

Mona Amodeo is an organizational development and change leader and brings a new perspective on branding in her new book Beyond Sizzle. Mona joins Justin to discuss igniting transformation by leveraging organization development principles and change management approaches as a new framework for leaders to manage their brands.

Aug 27, 2018

Have you ever thought about starting your own technology business? Are you well-versed in cloud computing and the trend that is fueling IT transformation today?! Merrick Olives and John Peak are passionate about this space and have built a booming business centered on culture, personal and professional development, delivering excellence, and building relationships with clients. They join Justin to discuss launching and growing Candid Partners.

Aug 20, 2018

Don Yaeger – a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated, and author of over 30 books, eleven of which have become New York Times Best-sellers – joins Justin to discuss what makes great leaders and great teams great!

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