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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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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 Inc.com, 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!

Aug 16, 2018

It’s August. And it’s almost time for college football kickoff – for Fall Saturdays in the South! Tony Barnhart – Mr. College Football – joins Justin to discuss what to expect in the 2018-2019 season.

Aug 13, 2018

After a 38-year career at Hallmark, Wayne Strickland has many stories to share in building, leading, and evolving teams in a global brand organization. From marketing to sales to distribution – Wayne’s new book delivers stories helpful to any people leader. Wayne joins Justin to discuss Hallmark and his new book.

Aug 9, 2018

Budsies makes the world more huggable! Founded in 2013, Budsies delivers custom-sewn stuffed animals created from any drawing or photo! SO FUN! Alex joins Justin to discuss launching the business and building a stuffed animal lifestyle brand!

Aug 6, 2018

What brings guests to your business may not be enough to keep them coming back. The key to growth as a business, church, or a youth ministry is getting first-time guests to come back, so how can this be done? The Come Back Effect has the solutions every business leader needs to know to facilitate and maintain expansion. Jason joins Justin to discuss his new book.

Aug 2, 2018

Are you a mom that wants to work part-time and are having a difficult time finding companies that offer part-time roles? Irina Lunina was a full-time investment banking career-woman who decided to take time off to have kids. She wanted to work part-time and had a hard time finding opportunities – so she decided to do something about it! Irina joins Justin to discuss launching miramom.

Jul 30, 2018

Have you ever asked a friend, “Do you have a good photographer I can call for my engagement / wedding / family pics / new baby / etc?” Or are you a photographer looking to grow your business? Marianne McGinley is solving the problem of people needing photographers…and photographers looking to grow their business, with LokalPhoto. Marianne joins Justin to discuss launching the business.

Jul 23, 2018

Ever thought of starting a business in the garbage space?! Tom Szaky did – from Princeton dorm room to global business leader – he’s built one of the most innovative global recycling companies focused on recycling hard-to-recycle waste. Tom joins Justin to discuss launching, growing and evolving the business.

Jul 19, 2018

Imagine spending a day at sea with the crew of a US Navy vessel conducting drills and operations – and of course, taking in the leadership structure, model and principles in place across the US Navy. Monique joins Justin with Mike Raney – who leads community and public relations for the US Pacific Surface Fleet – to discuss the Leaders To Sea program aboard the USS Harpers Ferry. Go Navy!

Jul 16, 2018

Beso Del Sol is the fastest growing sangria in America and the #1 selling Spanish wine by-the-glass at restaurants in America. Larry Margolis joins Justin to discuss launching the brand, reaching national distribution, and expanding brand presence in a competitive industry.

Jul 12, 2018

How’s your deodorant working?! Rebecca So had a hard time finding a deodorant that works. Natural, chemical, clinical strength, roll-on, sticks, paste, cream, you name it – she’s tried them all. Most of them don’t last long or are just plain ineffective, especially on anxiety sweat. So, Rebecca decided to do something about it. Rebecca joins Justin to discuss launching the business, building a consumer products brand, and differentiating in a crowded market.

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