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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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May 10, 2021

While working to build her business as a freelance designer for many years, Leah Michelle suffered tremendously from eye strain and headaches due to way too much screen time. After searching for and purchasing many pairs of blue light blocking glasses, she became disappointed with what she found in the marketplace and set out on a mission to create a better business. She developed a line of blue light blocking eyewear that are made of acetate to prevent eyes from harmful blue rays. Leah joins Justin to discuss this new eyewear brand.

May 7, 2021

ufurnish.com allows you to search furniture and home furnishing ranges from 100+ retailers all on one website. Use our detailed filters to segment the market and easily find what you’re looking for. While searching for the perfect item, ufurnish will suggest alternative and similar products, so you can ensure you never miss out on the perfect item. Co-founder Deirdre Mc Gettrick joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing e-furniture business!

May 6, 2021

Copper Clean™ Antimicrobial Surface Patches are durable, antimicrobial copper stickers that are applied to door handles, push plates, and other high-touch surfaces to kill surface-borne bacteria. Co-founder Benton Allen joins Justin to discuss product engineering, innovation and how copper helps keep surfaces clean.

May 5, 2021

In a quest to find a healthier alternative to traditional burgers, co-founder, Jason, quickly realized that the grocery aisles were full of imitation meats and veggie burgers but all were either highly processed, frozen, bland or loaded with preservatives. Not to mention they didn’t even look appetizing! He was determined to create a better option full of fresh farm-grown veggies and ingredients that were not only healthier, but filling, delicious and colorful. This was the spark that led to the creation of Actual Veggies and its line of chef-created, gourmet, ALL vegetable burgers - Just veggies, actually. Co-founders Jason Rosenbaum and Hailey Swartz join Justin to discuss this “actually” delicious new food brand.

May 3, 2021

Keith Belling always loved rice. But the empty calories, all the carbs, and that mystery packet of seasoning, started to keep him from eating it as much as he wanted to. When he realized he wasn’t the only one, he decided to do something about it. He put together a team of fellow rice lovers and got to work figuring out how to create a dry (shelf-stable) rice grain packed with the power of vegetables. They kept at it, blending different nutritious vegetables until it was just right. Meet RightRice. Keith joins Justin to discuss this awesome new rice offering!

Apr 30, 2021

Ayeshah Abuelhiga started Mason Dixie in 2014 to change comfort food for the better. "Homestyle" cooking shouldn't mean settling for cheap, processed ingredients and scary chemicals. She is a first generation American and proudly watched her immigrant parents serve quality comfort food at their small carry-out restaurant and convenience store. After college, she craved that same food but the closest thing she found was fast food - and no decent biscuits! So Ayeshah started by making a REAL biscuit and gave up her corporate job to open a small restaurant people loved. Those same customers inspired her to make biscuits available at home. Today, business is booming across retail for Mason Dixie and Ayeshah shares her story with Justin on today’s episode.

Apr 29, 2021

Entrepreneur, illustrator, author and working mother Wendy Rouillard took her grandmother’s teddy bear and made it into a successful and growing business based on helping children. Today, Barnaby has been on more than 25 adventures and his latest book, WHERE, OH WHERE, IS BARNABY BEAR? releases this month. The Barnaby franchise now include storybooks, coloring books, games, tote bags, back packs, and stuffed bears. Wendy joins Justin to discuss Barnaby!

Apr 28, 2021

What began as a cheesecake recipe created by a high schooler in small-town Mississippi is now a business that makes thousands of cheesecakes each month. Mississippi Made – New York Approved. Co-founders Chris Ortego and Shaun Davis join Justin to discuss this delicious brand!

Apr 26, 2021

Raised on O‘ahu, Hawaii, an island with limited natural resources, Matt Feldman understood the importance of sustainability from a young age. As he began learning about the immense carbon footprint of the meat industry, he gravitated towards plant-based foods. Fast forward to today, Matt teamed up with two renowned culinary experts to develop a delicious jerky that is better for both our bodies and the planet. Matt joins Justin to discuss this exciting new brand!

Apr 23, 2021

In 2019, Jeff Lee founded FitTrack, a health technology company that allows users to track and measure their health easily and accurately. Now his health technology brand is one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. Jeff joins Justin to discuss this high-flying brand!

Apr 21, 2021

SPOTMYUV®, a Canadian invention, was created in 2014 because of the genuine need for people worldwide to increase their personal line of defence against harmful UV sun damage. SPOTMYUV® co-inventors Andrew Martinko, Chad Sweeting and Derek Jouppi are graduates of the University of Waterloo's Nanotechnology Engineering program and are passionate about sun protection. With family and close friends impacted by skin cancer, they found a need to bring a product to market that would tell a wearer when to reapply sunscreen and thereby positively affecting sun protection habits. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world and almost 100% preventable when sunscreen is used correctly. CEO Claudia Harvey joins Justin to discuss the business and tips to bring new ideas to life.

Apr 19, 2021

Batteries Plus is the nation’s largest and fastest-growing battery, light bulb and smartphone/tablet repair franchise with a nationwide network of stores. With access to more than 60,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories, they have the widest selection of battery and light bulb products available. Batteries Plus offers unmatched service to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels and delivers national brands at exceptional value. Scott Williams, CEO, joins Justin to discuss retail, ecommerce, consumer centricity, and more!

Apr 16, 2021

You’re too smart to be spoon-fed! Oats Overnight™ launched in 2016 as a delicious, nutritious and convenient solution to breakfast. The product requires minimal nighttime preparation, resulting in a high-protein meal that is ready to eat on the go when you wake. With a commitment to quality, Oats Overnight uses certified gluten free oats and superfood ingredients like maca root, raw cacao, hemp, coffee and more. Founder Brian Tate joins Justin to discuss this delicious new brand!

Apr 14, 2021

FlexScreen is the world’s first and only flexible window screen. FlexScreen began in 2013 when founder Joe Altieri took to his garage and invented "the world's first and only flexible window screen" to solve all of the problems with the frustrating, 100-year-old technology of traditional (preflex) screens. FlexScreen if growing rapidly and Joe joins Justin to discuss this high-flying innovative window market maker!

Apr 12, 2021

The American Cornhole League (ACL) promotes and develops cornhole as a sport on every level. The ACL has created software and apps specifically geared to the management of cornhole leagues, tournaments, special events and player development. It enables Players and Directors with any level of skill or experience to get involved. Founder and commissioner Stacey Moore joins Justin to discuss this fast-growing sport!

Apr 9, 2021

At LOCA, they believe eating cheese dip is one of life’s greatest pleasures. By making it allergen, conflict, and cruelty-free, they’re just making it easier to enjoy as often as you want. Come join the party as founder Lauren Joyner joins Justin to discuss this yummy food concept!

Apr 7, 2021

Originally designed for the fire service, FitFighter is a world class strength and conditioning system with our own patent-pending Steelhose free weights and iOS training app. Their Steelhoses are made in the USA from real firehose and steel shot. Founder Sarah Apgar joins Justin to discuss this fast-moving fitness brand.

Apr 5, 2021

Colony Cocktails was born out of a quest to live richer more enchanted lives through the meaningful connections we make with those around us. Colony developed their cocktails to help draw people together, forge new friendships and create more vibrant and delicious lives. Co-founders Jessica and Philip Miller join Justin to discuss this new ready-to-drink beverage brand!

Apr 2, 2021

Mike Sullivan is the founder of Snap Collar, a new invention to fix messy shirt collars. The idea came to Mike after searching for ways to smooth my collars without ironing or dry cleaning them for the rest of his life. Unsatisfied with what was on the market, Mike and a friend set out to build something better! Mike joins Justin to discuss launching this new product!

Mar 31, 2021

Marek Bowers is the founder and creator of Rawlogy, a health and wellness company focused on sustainable self-care products. As an avid outdoorsman and single working Dad, Marek wanted tools to support his health care and exercise routine that were sustainable and light enough to take anywhere (like on backpacking trips). That’s when he created the Rawlogy Cork Massage Ball, an eco-friendly, ultra-light solution for self-massage on the trail. He had used massagers in the past but found many to be made with synthetics and chemicals, and they were too heavy to carry on trips. Marek joins Justin to discuss launching this brand!

Mar 29, 2021

Hälsa Foods (Halsa means “health” in Swedish) is the manufacturer of oatmilk yogurt. It is one of the first plant-based oatgurt made from whole grain oats and the world’s first dairy-free yogurt without a single artificial ingredient. Co-founders Helena Lumme and Mika Manninen join Justin to share details on this fast-growing food brand!

Mar 29, 2021

As a junior at Vanderbilt, Justin Miller co-founded the nonprofit Care for AIDS to empower people to live a life beyond AIDS, and he has since led the organization to grow to more than $45 million in annual donations, 200 employees and more than 20K families served through 68 centers in East Africa. Justin M joins Justin H to discuss launching and growing this global impact non-profit.

Mar 26, 2021

High Life Farms cultivates boutique cannabis on a grand scale. With 250,000 square foot of combined canopy space, they are on the cutting edge of modern cannabis. Their mission is to create the finest cannabis products at scale while maintaining quality. High Life Farms isn’t just a grow room or a jar: they are a family. Co-founders Ben and Vinnie Celani join Justin to discuss launching and “growing” the business!

Mar 24, 2021

There is an unbreakable bond between pet moms and dads and their fur-children. And oftentimes that bond is disrupted due to travel, going away to college, military deployment or sadly the loss of a dear pet. We capture that connection with 100% handmade plush replicas of YOUR PET! CMO and co-founder Adam Greene joins Justin to discuss this growing pet brand!

Mar 22, 2021

Buddy Brands employs innovative product design and unparalleled craftsmanship to create world class pet products. CEO and founder Trevor Crotts joins Justin to discuss launching and growing this “comfortable” pet product brand.

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