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ContenderCast with Justin Honaman

Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and Consumer Industries entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. Justin is a digital commerce leader, author, communicator, and Consumer Products / Retail industry thought-leader based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information and guest access, visit contendercast.com. Every winner started as a contender!
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Aug 25, 2021

Modpools is the original container pool of North America, with over 775 container pools built and shipped all across Canada and the USA. They use only the highest quality of materials and equipment from North America’s top suppliers. Modpools is a trusted brand regularly featured on TV and across social media. Founder and CEO Paul Rathnam joins Justin to discuss this unique high-growth brand!

Aug 23, 2021

Making the switch from professional sport into the “real” world is never easy. When you do a sport for so long, it becomes your world, your community, and ultimately a big part of your identity. Finding who you are without it’ can be, to say the least, challenging. When

Shoshauna and Will Routley started Healthy Hooch Kombucha immediately after retirement, they hit the ground running and their efforts have yielded an incredible new brand that is growing rapidly. Sho and Will join Justin to unpack this new health brand!

Aug 20, 2021

Splash Beverage Group is constantly innovating, presenting exciting, new, natural and healthy drinks that delight the body and inspire the mind.  Their platform supports founders of beverage brands by helping them grow more rapidly and reach more people to enjoy their wonderful products. They search globally to seek out branded products that deliver natural quality, freshness, health benefits and refreshment, are represented by teams with high integrity that take their responsibilities seriously to produce sustainable, high quality products and to give back, have strong brand awareness, help distributors and retail partners achieve and exceed their goals, and unabashedly support our armed forces, first responders and health care professionals. Founder and CEO Robert Nistico joins Justin to discuss this accelerating brand!

Aug 18, 2021

In early 2017, Megan Feeman began making NoBaked Cookie Dough in Nashville, TN. The first scoop shop opened in the Fall of 2017, with more to follow- across 4 different states. Since then, Megan and her husband, Jimmy, along with their team, have been shipping cookie dough all over the United States. NoBaked is cookie dough that you can eat AND bake. It's prepackaged in a jar but tastes like you just made it in your own kitchen and are eating it straight out of the bowl. Made with ingredients that leave no bitter taste in your mouth, their safe-to-eat cookie dough is one that actually tastes good. Jimmy joins Justin to discuss this yummy brand!

Aug 17, 2021

Kevin Laurence is a professional pianist and vocalist with many years of experience performing for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, anniversaries, and more. Kevin has also developed a strong presence on social media, including a rapidly growing YouTube channel with over 18,000 subscribers and 4+ million views. His internet popularity even landed him a guest appearance on several TV shows. Kevin joins Justin to discuss media, entertainment, podcast techniques, and more!

Aug 16, 2021

Howard Tiersky is CEO and Founder of FROM – the Digital Transformation Agency and also author of Winning Digital Customers: The Antidote to Irrelevance. Howard joins Justin to discuss the evolution of technology and how progressive brands are transforming to leverage tech to their advantage.

Aug 13, 2021

All wonderful things start out small, the way Monkee’s did! Founder Dee Dee Shaw grew tired of having to travel to New York to shop for her favorite designers. So, she decided, why not bring the designers here? In 1995, the original Monkee’s store opened in Wilmington, North Carolina. Imagine a store beyond your wildest imagination – an upscale, girlie, always in style boutique where the owner desired to give her customers the ultimate shopping experience – and even know them by name. It did not take long for the word to spread, and soon Monkee’s of  Wilmington was a destination. The Monkee’s brand has become synonymous with personalized customer service and cutting-edge designer fashion. Instead of shopping at big department stores, customers travel to Monkee’s for an intimate shopping experience. Dee Dee joins Justin to discuss this Retail brand.

Aug 11, 2021

Los Sundays was founded on the principles of Quality, Originality and Style. They absolutely love tequila and demand quality. Los Sundays is sustainably farmed and naturally gluten free, made from a blend of highland and lowland 100% Blue Weber Agave that is traditionally cooked and distilled in the heart of Jalisco, Mexico at one of the most awarded distilleries. With over 10x Internationally recognized awards from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and Consumer SIP Awards, their tequila is winning hearts and consumer taste tests around the world. Founder and CEO Mitchell Hayes joins Justin to discuss this trending alco-bev brand!

Aug 9, 2021

You have a vital mission as a sales professional – to generate revenue for your company and ensure its continued success. In today’s selling landscape, buyers are more educated than ever, and you need a way to cut through the noise and navigate new complexities. Insight-Led Selling is an approach that provides practical ways to adopt an executive mindset, build credibility, and communicate with impact. Authors Stephen Timme and Melody Astley join Justin to discuss.

Aug 5, 2021

Founded in 2015, Bravus is North America's first brewery dedicated solely to the production of non-alcoholic craft beer. Their unique and proprietary brewing process allows them to create award-winning styles which are indistinguishable from their alcoholic counterparts. Philip Brandes started Bravus with one simple mission: to create a non-alcoholic craft beer anyone could drink. Beer that was brewed for both the serious enthusiast and the occasional social drinker. Bravus looks like a beer, tastes like a beer, and feels like a beer (without the buzz of course!). Philip joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing beverage brand!

Aug 2, 2021

CEO and Founder of Kahawa 1893 Margaret Nyamumbo is the first Black woman-owned coffee brand to be sold in Trader Joe's. The Harvard graduate quit her job as a Wall Street investment banker to become a third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer. Margaret saw how Kenyan women provided over 90% of labor in the African coffee industry. Sadly, these women farmers are largely uncompensated for their work and own just 1% of farmland in their country. It is the only brand that allows customers to directly tip the farmers via electronic payment. The brand offers a QR code on its packaging and a link on its website so customers can send a tip to the farmer's e-wallet. 100% of proceeds go directly to the female coffee producers the brand works with, and it matches all tips to double the impact. Maggy joins Justin to discuss this new coffee brand!

Jul 29, 2021

Ron Friedman is an award-winning psychologist who has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, and has consulted for political leaders, nonprofits, and many of the world’s most recognized brands. Popular accounts of his research have appeared in major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, as well as magazines such as Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today. Ron is the founder of ignite80, a learning and development company that translates research in neuroscience, human physiology and behavioral economics into practical strategies that help working professionals become healthier, happier and more productive. His first book, The Best Place to Work, was selected as an Inc. Magazine Best Business Book of the Year. Ron joins Justin to discuss his new book.

Jul 26, 2021

BevCanna owns and operates one of the highest-capacity cannabinoid beverage processing and manufacturing facilities in Canada. BevCanna offers a variety of beverage product formats including PET, aluminum, and glass form factors, available in multiple sizes and custom shapes. BevCanna has a strategic partnership with the #1 U.S. cannabis beverage company, Keef Brands. BevCanna acts as the exclusive licensee, manufacturing and distribution partner for Keef Brands in Canada, and leverages the extensive Keef U.S. manufacturing and distribution network to access the U.S. cannabis market. Finally, BevCanna manufactures and distributes TRACE which currently enjoys a leadership position within the plant-based fulvic and humic mineral category. Founder and CEO Marcello Leone joins Justin to discuss this growing brand.

Jul 22, 2021

Juiced Boxes, founded by recent Columbia grad Dawson Sieradzky, launched the presale for its first product in the last few weeks. The individual pouches of 30-proof punch have “tamper-evident,” single-use packaging and for cautious drinkers worried about not wearing a mask, the pouch is mask-friendly. Dawson joins Justin to discuss this new alco-bev concept!

Jul 19, 2021

Rob Dyrdek is a former pro-skateboarder, MTV personality and founder of the multi-million dollar venture creation studio, Dyrdek Machine. Rob’s work financing, co-founding and marketing some of today’s most desired CPG brands has led him to become a master at studying competitor landscapes, filling whitespaces, adapting quickly to consumer needs + emerging technologies, and ultimately utilizing success-driving strategies to maintain profitability and scale up. Rob has co-created 14 brands with 5 exits - totaling $450M - in only five years. Rob joins Justin to discuss his entrepreneurial ventures!

Jul 16, 2021

EOS Worldwide, an innovative business model designed to help leaders achieve success, now has tens of thousands of businesses running successfully on the EOS® principles. Its team of EOS Implementers®, or business coaches, work to perpetuate entrepreneurial freedom throughout the world, first with the entrepreneur, then the leadership team, then every employee throughout the business – ultimately helping millions of people live out their ideal life. Mark O’Donnell, Visionary and CEO, joins Justin to discuss this entrepreneurial brand.

Jul 14, 2021

CANN is a social tonic micro-dosed with cannabis that gives you a light and uplifted buzz, but has no hangover, fewer empty calories, all-natural ingredients, and no regrets. The future of social drinking. Co-founder Luke Anderson joins Justin to discuss this game-changing brand.

Jul 12, 2021

Jushi Holdings Inc. is a national, multi-state cannabis company developing and operating high-end retail locations, premium brands and state-of-the-art cultivation, processing and manufacturing facilities. Their platform is designed to set the new standard for a sophisticated, modern cannabis experience. Chief Creative Officer and award-winning global media leader Andreas (Dre) Neumann joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing brand and how to apply creativity in driving brand growth.

Jul 9, 2021

Fibrenew is the world leaders in the restoration, repair and re-dyeing of leather, plastic and vinyl. Their services offer a cost-effective, high-quality alternative to replacement and helps reduce landfill waste. Valued clients and partners who love them come from the medical, marine, aviation, automotive, commercial and residential markets. Fibrenew has helped more than 260 entrepreneurs from USA, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Chile meet their lifestyle and financial goals by building long-term, successful businesses of which they can be proud. Jesse Johnstone, President, joins Justin to discuss this franchise brand.

Jul 7, 2021

Headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, Drink Gifted was founded by Lefteris Giaprakis and launched in 2021 with a mission to inspire healthier lives. Made using the Earth’s precious gifts, Drink Gifted premium super tonics are formulated with a unique blend of superfoods and adaptogens to support health and wellness. Lefteris joins Justin to discuss this new brand!

Jul 5, 2021

Designed for mobile workers, by mobile workers. Knack makes it easy to work, or play, anywhere you go. Chad Mellen, founder and CEO, launched Knack after serving as CEO of A.T. Cross and CMO for Tumi. Chad joins Justin to discuss this inventive new brand! Let’s travel!

Jul 2, 2021

Cookie dough is such a nostalgic, fun treat, but the tummy ache and sugar crash that follows aren't fun! After spending countless hours experimenting in her kitchen, Erica Rankin, created Canada’s first better-for-you edible cookie dough with a spin. Launched in 2019, Bro Dough is not only vegan, but contains plant-based protein (derived from peas), as well as natural sweeteners. The product contains half the amount of sugar found in traditional cookie dough and does not use any artificial sweeteners. Erica joins Justin to discuss this yummy brand!

Jun 30, 2021

The inspiration for creating the perfect crisp emerged in 2014 when founder Matt Parry was following a strict gluten-free diet. He found that although the diet was treating him well, he was really missing his favorite snacks. The diet inspired him to recreate the classic canister chip, making it something he could eat without guilt. Making healthy crisps with better ingredients was a challenge. But Matt also wanted his daughters to eat them as well. They couldn’t just be natural. They had to be exceptionally tasty as well. And so it began— one man’s journey to develop a clean-label, gluten free canister chip that his whole family (and yours!) could enjoy. Matt joins Justin to discuss this snack brand!

Jun 28, 2021

Delia Passi’s life was turned upside down after a routine mammogram and the medical mismanagement that ensued resulted in two lumpectomies and a mastectomy. ”It was torture,” she said. To make sure no other woman endured the same, Delia quit her job as a magazine publisher and created the Women’s Choice Award® by WomenCertified. It has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in the US for three consecutive years according to Inc. Magazine. Being an educated consumer, something Delia didn’t have when she was choosing medical care for her cancer diagnosis, is key for WomenCertified. The award empowers women to choose the best services for themselves based on surveys, data research from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Wharton School of Business and more. It has become three times more influential with women than U.S. News & World Report's rankings. Delia joins Justin to discuss launching and growing the business.

Jun 25, 2021

Suzie Yorke, founder of Love Good Fats, spent years cutting fat out of her diet only to find that she felt worse than before! After a little research, she learned that sugar and carbs might actually be the culprit. She immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and never felt better. The only problem was the serious lack of satisfying snacks. She wondered, was it possible to create convenient foods that satisfied her taste buds and embraced this new way of eating? You bet! Suzie got to work crafting her undeniably delicious, truffle-like bars with good fats, plenty of protein, and only 1-2g of sugar. With that, Love Good Fats began. Suzie joins Justin to discuss this delicious brand!

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