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This is the Top Business Leaders Show powered by Rise25 Media. We feature top founders, executives, and leaders from all over the world.




The Value of Connections and Referrals With YOUR Referral Partner’s Founder, Devin Sizemore

Devin Sizemore is the Founder of YOUR Referral Partner, a consulting agency that focuses on helping businesses build strategic partnerships, increase referrals, and streamline their sales processes. As a connector, speaker, and consultant, Devin is on a mission to help 100 of the best service providers generate 100 connections in 2023. He is a serial entrepreneur that has worked with over 500 businesses on their growth strategies in the last decade. After graduating from the University of...


[SpotOn Series] How To Create and Scale an Authentic Business With Alli Jarrett of Harold’s

Alli Jarrett is the President and CEO of Harold’s, a Houston-based restaurant that embodies southern hospitality. Her extensive leadership and business development experience come from several different sectors including media, sports, and sales. Alli is passionate about giving back to communities and serves on different volunteer boards including the Texas Restaurant Association. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by Alli Jarrett, President and...


[SpotOn Series] Making the World Happier and Healthier One Smoothie at a Time With Isaac Hamlin

Isaac Hamlin is the Founder of Better Blend, a wellness-focused company with a mission to “cultivate a healthier and happier world one blend, bowl, and community at a time.” It was during Isaac’s time as an SEC All-American rugby player for the University of Kentucky that he found the inspiration for Better Blend. Wanting to replace the team’s heavy pregame meals, he developed more nutritious — yet delicious — smoothies that could travel well. In this episode… Meal replacement smoothies...


[SpotOn Series] The Ups and Downs of Owning a Restaurant Franchise

Pinal Sitaram is a serial franchisor who owns and operates Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. He worked previously as a franchisee for PostalAnnex+ and Best Western Hotels. Pinal has set a three-year goal to add eight new Buffalo Wild Wings franchises, providing steady work for the underserved. In this episode… Join Chad Franzen in this episode of the SpotOn Series as he queries Pinal Sitaram on his 14 years of experience as a franchisee for multiple...


[SpotOn Series] Enjoy Food Truck Dining Without the Long Wait Lines

Andrew Martino is the Founder of Ghost Truck Kitchen, a digital food truck concept. GTK is the first and only of its kind with a mission to make food takeout a greater experience. Andrew has nearly 20 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry, working at the managerial and executive levels. A virtuoso in the ghost kitchen space since 2018, Andrew gives expert advice on podcasts and panels. Andrew has also been featured in publications such as The Hudson Kitchen and Food...


[SpotOn Series] Hospitality Served With a Servant’s Heart With Kyle Noonan

Kyle Noonan is the Co-founder and CEO of FreeRange Concepts, a Dallas-based restaurant and hospitality management company with a mission to create remarkable memories. The company owns and operates 12 food and entertainment venues, including Bowl and Barrel, Mutts Canine Cantina, The Rustic, and The General Public. With over 13 years in the restaurant industry, Kyle gained experience opening eateries for the well-known Pappas franchise. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn...


[SpotOn Series] Transforming People’s Quality of Life One Bite at a Time With Raji Sankar of Choolaah

Raji Sankar is the Co-founder and CEO of Choolaah, an authentic Indian barbeque restaurant with seven locations around the United States. Although Raji has an extensive background in the tech industry, her love of food and sense of community drove her to start a business in the restaurant industry. She considers herself fortunate to have created an authentic place that prepares quality food made only with fresh ingredients and aromatic spices, bringing a timeless atmosphere to her...


[SpotOn Series] How One Informal Conversation Led Gaurav “G” Patel Into the Restaurant Business

Serial entrepreneur Gaurav “G” Patel is the Founder of Eschelon Experiences, a hospitality group based in Raleigh, North Carolina that includes cocktail lounge concepts such as The Haymaker and Killjoy Cocktail. Since the age of 17, G has launched over a dozen companies and over two dozen hospitality brands. Additionally, he’s founded spirits and retail brands and various startups. In this episode… Perseverance, formal education, and the desire for high achievement are a strong formula for...


[SpotOn Series] How to Successfully Scale Your Restaurant Business With Mac Hay and Sebastien Taffara From Mac’s Seafood

Mac Hay is the Founder and CEO of Mac’s Seafood, which has five locations in Massachusetts. Mac’s passion for cooking allowed him to work in the restaurant industry before purchasing his own business, which was primarily a fish market that eventually turned into Mac’s signature restaurant. After a decade in the industry, Mac decided to expand by opening seafood restaurants in other locations across Massachusetts and introducing wholesale and retail strategies into his business. Sebastien...


Future-proofing a Multimillion-dollar Industry With Allison+Partners Co-founder Jonathan Heit

Jonathan Heit is the Co-founder and Global Chief Operating Officer at Allison+Partners. The award-winning Allison+Partners is a global marketing and communications agency operating in 50 worldwide markets. The agency specializes in corporate, consumer brands, public affairs, reputation risk, and health and technology practices. In the 20-plus years under Jonathan’s leadership at Allison+Partners, he’s grown the agency from two offices and a 14-person staff to a $100-million global...


[SpotOn Series] Creating Excellence in Dining With Robert Hall of Refined Hospitality Concepts

Robert Hall is the CEO of Refined Hospitality Concepts, a hospitality group and catering company centered in Farmer’s Branch, Texas that serves the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has decades of experience in the hospitality industry, from pizza shops to wineries. Robert uses his vast experience to foster a culture of excellence across all of his restaurants. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Robert Hall, CEO of Refined Hospitality Concepts,...


[SpotOn Series] Tips To Grow Your Business and Support Your People With Tom Coogle of Reynolds Foodliner Inc. and Your Pie Franchising

Tom Coogle is the President of Reynolds Foodliner Inc., a grocery company that operates stores including Piggly Wiggly and Stripling’s General Store. He is also a Franchise Owner at Your Pie Franchising. Tom has been in the food and beverage industry for over 22 years, taking his family’s company from modest success in the grocery business to a diversified company with his team members as the priority. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen is joined by Tom...


[SpotOn Series] Alexander Green of The Fireman Hospitality Group

Alexander Green is the Managing Director of The Fireman Hospitality Group in National Harbor, a diverse group of restaurants ranging from pizzarias to upscale steakhouses. He has been in the restaurant industry for 25 years, starting as a dishwasher and working his way up to his current position. Alexander oversees two restaurants in National Harbor: Fiorella Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria and Bond 45. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Alexander...


[SpotOn Series] Big Franchise Opportunities With Josh Halpern of Big Chicken

Josh Halpern is the CEO of both Beer Park and Big Chicken, a dining concept that pays homage to the food of founder Shaquille O'Neal’s childhood. He holds an MBA from Babson College. Josh is currently looking for single and multi-unit franchisees who are serious about the food industry and carrying on the culture of Big Chicken. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken, about conceptualizing the culinary vision of...


[SpotOn Series] Swirling and Serving Flavors With Solomon Choi

Solomon Choi is the Founder and CEO of 16 Handles, the first self-serve frozen yogurt store to open in New York City. Also the Co-founder of Greeno Products, he is an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor with a background in hospitality. Solomon is an Advisor for Hooray Foods, Kolkata Chai Co., Lunchbox, and Optamark, an Investor for Bikky, Sunscoop, and MCTco., and a Hospitality Partner at Branded Strategic Hospitality. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen...


[SpotOn Series] Recovering the Body and Spirit With Terces Engelhart of Cafe Gratitude

Terces Engelhart is the Co-founder of Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre. She has co-authored three books with her husband, Matthew. Terces draws from over 35 years of recovery from 20 years of addiction and her intimate relationship with Christ, which led to her healing. She recently launched her podcast called Unreasonably Grateful, sharing life lessons she learned and how those lessons can help others. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Terces...


[SpotOn Series] Healing Our Bodies and Planet One Burger at a Time With Ran Nussbacher

Ran Nussbacher is the Co-founder and CEO of Shouk, a plant-based restaurant chain with a mission to fight climate change. He has almost 20 years in diverse sales industries, which helped drive his passion for conservation. Ran holds Master’s degrees in Information Systems and Business Administration from Boston University. In this episode… 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...


[SpotOn Series] Raising the Bar With Bill Tobin of Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Bill Tobin is the Co-owner and CEO of Tiki’s Grill & Bar and a business mentor on his Restaurant Leadership 365 podcast. He has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry as a manager, owner, mentor, and consultant. Bill Tobin is a veteran of the US Army and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Bill Tobin, Co-owner and CEO of Tiki’s Grill & Bar...


[SpotOn Series] From Pennies to Pies With Jim Kaa of Polly’s Pies

Jim Kaa is the CEO and President of Polly’s Pies. He has spent nearly 40 years in the restaurant industry, formerly working as Vice President of Accounting for The Veggie Grill, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Pacific Restaurant Advisors, Director of Accounting for Ruby Restaurant Group, and Director of Finance and Administration for Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Jim Kaa holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from California State University in Long Beach. In this episode… In this...


[SpotOn Series] Shabby Dive to Kitschy Charm With Eric Goodwin of The Friendly Toast Restaurant

Eric Goodwin is the Co-owner of The Friendly Toast Restaurants and President of Goodwin Recruiting. He is a serial entrepreneur, owning and overseeing numerous other businesses, such as NOBL Coffee. Eric Goodwin holds a bachelor’s of science in Business Administration. In this episode… In this episode of the SpotOn Series, Chad Franzen speaks with Eric Goodwin, Co-owner of The Friendly Toast Restaurant and President of Goodwin Recruiting, about what makes The Friendly Toast such a unique...