Top Business Leaders Show
In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Shouk Co-founder and CEO Ran Nussbacher about its innovative, Middle East market-style restaurant and storefront and its 100% plant-based menu. Ran created Shouk in 2014, before the plant-based culinary industry became the trend it is today. He continues to aid the fight against climate change through unique sustainability-minded initiatives like running exclusively on wind-power, delivering environmentally-conscious menu items and supplies, and tree planting programs to close the consumption loop.
In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Bill Tobin, Co-owner and CEO of Tiki’s Grill & Bar and mentor for The Restaurant Leadership 365 podcast, about the busiest independent restaurant in Waikiki. Tiki’s has survived many challenges since opening in 2001, including a complete shutdown in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. Bill uses his experience and savvy to help others in the industry through 2-3 minute podcasts that tackle some of the most common challenges facing restaurateurs.
In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Jim Kaa, CEO and President of Polly’s Pies, about his experiences going from Director of Finance and Accounting for restaurants like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and The Veggie Grill, to being CEO and operating all aspects of a restaurant. Jim talks about the unique struggles he’s faced, between Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and the constantly-changing challenges of the pandemic. You’ll hear how Jim tackles adversity head-on, with innovative adaptations to stay ahead and keep his restaurants successful.
[SpotOn Series] Entrepreneurship in the Restaurant Industry With Elaina Morris of Ascend Hospitality Group
Join Chad Franzen of Rise25 in today’s episode of the SpotOn Series as he chats with Elaina Morris, Founding Partner, President, and CEO of Ascend Hospitality Group, about achieving entrepreneurial success in the restaurant industry. Elaina shares how Ascend expanded following a major setback, how she launched Ascend and its various brands, and the lessons she learned as a franchisee.
In today’s episode of the SpotOn Series, join Chad Franzen of Rise25 as he sits down with Karl Goodhew, Chief Technology Officer at BurgerFi, to talk about innovative restaurant concepts. Karl discusses BurgerFi’s innovative technologies, the importance of innovation in the food service industry, and his transition from retail to restaurants. Tune in!
In this episode of Top Business Leaders, Jem Bourouh of Adcubator sits down with Chad Franzen to discuss his serial entrepreneurial journey. In this discussion, Jem breaks down what motivated him to not only be an entrepreneur but why he aspired to be a millionaire. In his journey, however, he learned that part of being successful meant surrounding himself with a strong community, being disciplined, and treating everyone with respect.
Join Chad Franzen in today’s episode of the SpotOn Series as he welcomes Brandon and Zane Hunt of Via 313 Pizzeria to discuss creating authentic products for a restaurant brand. Together, they share the history of Detroit-style pizza, the factors influencing Via 313’s growth, and advice for aspiring restaurateurs.
[SpotOn Series] Ecological Sustainability in the Restaurant Industry With Michael Oshman of Green Restaurant Association
In today’s episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen talks with Michael Oshman, Founder and CEO of Green Restaurant Association, about how eateries can implement ecological practices. Michael shares the Green Restaurant Association’s mission, how to become a certified green restaurant, and the benefits of sustainability in the food service industry. Stay tuned!
[SpotOn Series] Encouraging Company Culture in an Employee-Owned Restaurant With Kevin Suto of Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen sits down with Kevin Suto, CEO of Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, to discuss how the company maintains a positive culture and impeccable reputation. Kevin shares Zachary’s early history and the company’s development, its local and national awards, and how the business supports its employees’ growth.
In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Tariq Johnson about how his franchise coaching company Dream Life Mastery can help people escape the corporate grind. Tariq began working in finance before transitioning to franchisee. He now spends his time teaching other frustrated employees how to transition to entrepreneurship through franchise ownership.