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 U.S. tennis players recognize this as a significant environmental problem that no longer represents their sport.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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.