Graham Farrar is the president of Glass House Group, a vertically integrated supplier and branding company for cannabis products, based in California. Glass House Group owns and operates Glass House Farms 500,000 sq feet growing operations. Graham joins Justin to discuss the cannabis industry and growing a business in this space.
Chief Executive Boss Lady of Eat My Words, Alexandra Watkins is a leading and outspoken authority on brand names. Alexandra first got hooked on naming in 2003 when Gap hired her to create names for their first line of body care products. Soon after, with her fresh, unconventional naming style, Alexandra became a go-to resource for leading branding and naming firms around the country. Alexandra joins Justin to discuss the SMILE, the SCRATCH, and much more!
Have you ever wanted a glass of wine but didn’t want to open an entire bottle?! Or ever wish you had just had a glass instead of the entire bottle?! Just Enough Wines is solving this problem by creating premium, great-tasting wine in the convenience of a can. CEO and co-founder Jessica Hershfield joins Justin to discuss launching this new brand!
The hard seltzer beverage category is on fire! And Tolago Hard Seltzer is taking a unique approach to consumer engagement, brand-building, and beverage profile. CEO Nick Greeninger joins Justin to discuss launching the business and keys to growth!
Good brand is just good business. Brand is the intentional leader’s North Star. It helps us engage customers and employees, unleash our competitive advantage, and fuel enduring growth. And yet, despite this power, brand is grossly underused. Lindsay Pedersen joins Justin to break down the nine criteria for an ironclad brand strategy!
Good brand is just good business. Brand is the intentional leader’s North Star. It helps us engage customers and employees, unleash our competitive advantage, and fuel enduring growth. And yet, despite this power, brand is grossly underused. Lindsay Pedersen deconstructs what brand is and why it is indispensable for leaders in this episode of the ContenderCast.
CBD is a different experience for everyone. And ALTWELL is putting the consumer needs at the center of everything they do. ALTWELL is driven by helping consumers live each day with comfort and calm. It’s their purpose. Their expertise in crafting unique flavors has proven to be paramount in their mission to make CBD infused products taste great. CEO, Amy McDonald joins Justin for Part 2 to discuss the CBD market, ALTWELL’S background and history, and keys to growth!
CBD is a different experience for everyone. And ALTWELL is putting the consumer needs at the center of everything they do. ALTWELL is driven by helping consumers live each day with comfort and calm. It’s their purpose. Their expertise in crafting unique flavors has proven to be paramount in their mission to make CBD infused products taste great. CEO, Amy McDonald joins Justin to discuss the CBD market, ALTWELL’S background and history, and keys to growth!
Kelley Higney is the founder and CEO of Bug Bite Thing - a rising star in the consumer goods world with a product solving the insect bite issue! As Bug Bite Thing is on its way to becoming a global household name, including successfully navigating an appearance on Shark Tank, Higney hopes to inspire other mom-preneurs to pursue their dreams and to start their own business. Kelley joins Justin to share her story!
Milwaukee Boot Company is named for the figures and landmarks that have helped make Milwaukee what it is today. MBC’s boots are a hand-crafted nod to the city’s wealth of industry and work ethic. They’re made for those who crave real craftsmanship. Those who work with their hands and are fearless when it comes to failure. For those who hold on to true grit, determination, and will be damned if their boots don’t follow suit. Come ready to shop as Mark Kohlenberg, CEO, joins Justin to discuss this awesome new brand!
Peter Kozodoy is an Inc. 5000 serial entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and business coach who works with organizations and their leaders to help them overcome self-limiting bullsh*t and use brutal honesty to achieve massive success. He is the author of Honest to Greatness, and currently serves as CEO of his newest startup, Stradeso. Peter joins Justin to “honestly” discuss his entrepreneurial path and new book!
Nir Bashan is a world-renowned creativity expert. He has taught thousands of leaders and individuals around the globe how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, improve customer service and ultimately create more meaning in their work. Nir has spent the last two decades working on a formula to codify creativity and joins Justin to discuss his new book.
If you love animals, are single, and want to meet your significant dog and/or cat-loving significant other, this episode is for you! Leigh Isaacson (co-founder of Dig-The Dog Person's Dating App and Tabby-The Cat Person's Dating App) joins Justin to discuss the company, growing the business, and adding the cat app!
Rick Cottrell is the CEO of BizResults.com, an award-winning business growth consultancy helping business owners reach scalable and predictable growth. Rick joins Justin to discuss getting the right talent in the right seats for growth, coming out of Covid with positive momentum, and more.
Somrus Chai! Somrus Mango! Come thirsty to this podcast episode. Justin is joined by Monica Badlani (COO at The House of Somrus) as she shares secrets behind the world's fastest growing line of India-inspired liqueurs!
Josh Rovner is the author of Unbreak the System: Diagnosing and Curing the Ten Critical Flaws in Your Company. In the book, Josh covers everything from organizational blind spots to dysfunctional infrastructure. Josh joins Justin to unpack the big ideas in this new leadership book!
Meet the one-stop solution company improving sleep health worldwide. Most people have been left in the dark when it comes to all the different health issues impacted by sleep. Nox Health provides a single platform to help companies and their employees address sleep disorders. John Letter, President and COO, joins Justin to discuss.
Petal is the world's first freezer disposal that naturally stops rot, eliminates odors and prevents the spread of germs before they start. Meet the new revolution in trash and diaper bins. David M. M. Taffet, CEO, joins Justin to discuss this consumer products startup.
The college admissions process has been turned upside-down just like most other processes, routines, and standards thanks to Covid-19. Rick Clark is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgia Tech and author of The Truth About College Admissions: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together. Rick joins Justin to discuss impacts to the college admissions process and provides coaching and guidance for those about to enter the process in the upcoming year.
Saturdays in the South will not be the same this year. College football could / might be played and there are many elements to consider in planning to kick off a “safe” season. Mr. College Football (aka Tony Barnhart) joins Justin to provide his annual Fall preview on the ContenderCast.
Umberto Luchini is the founder and proprietor of Wolf Spirit LLC, a company that develops and owns spirit brands such as Blood x Sweat x Teams Vodka and Tom of Finland organic vodka. Umberto joins Justin for his second visit to the ContenderCast to discuss his company’s new brand in the bourbon space – Puncher’s Chance.
Food and drink on the go!? Yes…with GoLidZ! Founder and CEO Bonnie Strominger joins Justin to discuss launching GoLidZ, building the brand, and bringing the product to the food and beverage industry in this best-of-ContenderCast episode!
Yes, you can learn the skills to effectively lead people, organizations, and employees. With the right motivation and knowledge, you can be a leader who knows what it takes to succeed. Throughout his extensive experience in training leaders, author Alain Hunkins discovered that many leaders shared a common trait. They were mainly focused on what they were doing but not so focused on how they were doing it, especially when it came to working with other people. In his new book, Alain shares three Master Keys to cracking the leadership code. Alain joins Justin to discuss.
Jhillika Kumar was the winner of the Georgia Tech Student of Vision Award and Ferst Entrepreneurship and Leadership Scholarship for her work with her startup at Georgia Tech, to improve the lives of those living with a disability and changing the stigma of cognitive competence in the autistic community. As an emerging technologist, she aims to raise awareness that accessibility has empowered entire communities of untapped potential. She is the founder of Mentra and an advocate for those with disabilities. Jhillika joins Justin to discuss all of this and more!
Anthony Sarandrea started off door knocking and built his company to $100k/day with over 1M customers a year. He is recognized as one of the top lead generators in the world, running a team that specializes in driving thousands of inbound phone calls daily across a number of verticals including health, finance, legal, and education. He is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and philanthropist and is the founder of SiteFlood. Anthony joins Justin to discuss marketing, personal brand, 55 minutes that could change your business, and more!