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Welcome to Franchise Euphoria. The podcast created and hosted by Franchise Attorney Josh Brown for the sole purpose of helping people find success through franchising. We speak to entrepreneurs, franchise owners, buyers, former owners, franchisors, franchisees, business coaches, financial advisers, bankers, and attorneys all to help prospective buyers learn more about franchising BEFORE they buy!

Welcome to Franchise Euphoria. The podcast created and hosted by Franchise Attorney Josh Brown for the sole purpose of helping people find success through franchising. We speak to entrepreneurs, franchise owners, buyers, former owners, franchisors, franchisees, business coaches, financial advisers, bankers, and attorneys all to help prospective buyers learn more about franchising BEFORE they buy!
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Welcome to Franchise Euphoria. The podcast created and hosted by Franchise Attorney Josh Brown for the sole purpose of helping people find success through franchising. We speak to entrepreneurs, franchise owners, buyers, former owners, franchisors, franchisees, business coaches, financial advisers, bankers, and attorneys all to help prospective buyers learn more about franchising BEFORE they buy!




Building a Community Around Your Brand with Larry Sidoti of Garbanzo Meditteranean Fresh

Larry Sidoti is the CDO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, a 2019 Fast Casual Magazine Top 5 Movers and Shakers brand and the leader in fast-casual Mediterranean cuisine. Garbanzo has nearly 30 locations in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas and Virginia. Larry is a trench-hardened veteran in the food and beverage industry with over 20 years of restaurant and franchise experience. Larry began his career in the mid 1990’s when he founded the raw juice and smoothie concept,...


Understanding Your Target Market with Neil Gill of Dogtopia

Founded in 2002, Dogtopia is the nation’s leading franchises dog daycare, boarding, and spa facilities offering an experience focused on trust, safety and transparency. With an emphasis on education, exercise and socialization for dogs, pet parents have the assurance of leaving their beloved furry family members in the hands of highly trained professionals in an environment created with the well-being of dogs in mind. Each facility averages between 3,000–10,000 square feet and is specially...


Managing Your Assets with Brett Swarts of Capital Gains Tax Solutions

Brett Swarts is the Founder of Capital Gains Tax Solutions and each year equips hundreds of business professionals who have clients who struggle and feel trapped with capital gains tax when they sell their business, CRE, primary home or other highly appreciated assets using a tool called a Deferred Sales Trust. Brett is considered one of most well rounded Capital Gains Tax Deferral Experts and informative speakers on the West Coast. His audiences are challenged to lean into multiple...


The Importance of Maintaining a Niche with Ken and Ryan Parsons of Brothers Gutters

Ken graduated college with a History degree in 1996 and began teaching shortly after. Ken kept busy in the summer working as a gutter installer for a local company. By the end of the season he became inspired to learn the gutter trade and start his own business. In 1999, Ken essentially threw his degree into the gutter and started the company that would later by called “The Brothers that just do Gutters”. By 2002, the business had achieved great success. Ken realized he needed a partner to...


Leading Your Industry with Mark Van Wye of Zoom Room

Mark Van Wye is the CEO of Zoom Room, a national indoor dog gym and training facility. Zoom Room has been painstakingly developed as the perfect pet franchise, representing years of research and refinement to craft the ideal dog business. The Zoom Room model combines low start-up costs, low overhead, leveraging diverse and complementary revenue streams, maximum fun factor, and flexible hours. Prior to Zoom Room, Mark worked for 19 years at Publicis Experiences, a Seattle-based marketing...


Putting a Spin on a Classic Concept with Bob Philips of JINYA Ramen Bar

Bob Philips serves as the Vice President of Marketing at JINYA Ramen Bar. Philips oversees JINYA’s multi-brand strategy with a goal to grow the suite of brands in the U.S., Canada and beyond; and to help both franchise owners and corporate-owned stores meet their business objective. Prior to joining JINYA, Philips previously served in leadership roles for Hilton, Banyan Tree and most recently, Oakwood. He has directed marketing for multiple hotel and serviced apartment brands as well as both...


Crafting Your Secret Sauce with Ron Holt of Two Maids and a Mop

Ron Holt is the CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop. He opened the first location more than 16 years ago with a dream to one day build the largest, fastest-growing, most innovative residential cleaning service in America. Today, Ron's company serves 80 markets across the country and has plans to open at least 20 new franchised stores every year for the next ten years. His story has been chronicled in Entrepreneur, CNN Money, Forbes, Success & Inc. Magazine. And just last year, Ron's rags to...


Finding the Demand to Fuel Your Franchise with Lou DeFrancisco of StretchLab

Lou DeFrancisco is the President of StretchLab, a boutique wellness franchise that offers one-on-one assisted stretching and group stretch sessions. He has been in the fitness industry for more than 15 years in various sales, marketing, operations & senior leadership roles. Prior to StretchLab, he was President of a boutique fitness franchise that he helped grow to over 100 locations nationwide. Key Takeaways: [0:18] Today’s episode of Franchise Euphoria is brought to you by...


Identifying and Growing Your Niche with Peter Hans of Discovery Map

Peter Hans started his career as a commercial banker based in Boston. He traveled around New England and studied at night for his MBA at Babson College. When he received his degree, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, and became an investment banker. He lived there for six years and later London for six more. During that time, he was fortunate enough to travel to most every major European capital and also to Australia, Asia, and South America. Shortly before leaving London, he married his wife...


Fine Tuning Before You Franchise with Amy Reed of Woofies

Amy Reed is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Woofie's, LLC, Woofie's Mobile Pet Spa, LLC and Woofie's Pet Ventures, LLC, all based in Ashburn, Va. Woofie’s is a new franchise that is the first to offer the combined services of personalized pet sitting, dog walking and mobile pet spa. Prior to Woofie's, Amy Reed had over 10 years of experience in Marketing, Sales, and Sales Training with a successful track record in high-tech start-up companies and large carrier organizations. Key...


How “Going Viral” Can Propel Your Franchise with Kevin Hsu of Pokeworks

Kevin Hsu, CMO and co-founder of Pokéworks, is an innovative leader with years of sales and marketing experience. Kevin oversees the marketing activities and social media innovation of Pokeworks. In 2016, Pokéworks introduced the sushi burrito to the world through a viral video, establishing the brand as pioneers in the industry and sparking a social media phenomenon with Hsu heading up the brand’s digital presence. Prior to Pokeworks, Kevin served as VP of Sales and Marketing for technology...


Aligning Your Business Objectives with Your Personal Goals with Jordan Gross

Jordan Gross is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate, a two-time startup founder, a TEDx speaker, and a #1 best-selling author. His upcoming book, The Journey to Cloud Nine, provides a new approach to the personal development world by using fictional storytelling to reveal some of life's most meaningful principles. Jordan has been asking hundreds of people around the world how they live their lives on cloud nine, and he cannot wait to share this with all of you! Key...


Innovating Traditional Industries with James Jakobsen and Peter Roberts of ManageMowed

Business partners James Jakobsen and Peter Roberts founded ManageMowed more than 20 years ago in Edmonds, Washington. The high school friends started as landscapers, working on residential and commercial projects. After the 2008 recession, residential work plummeted, and James and Peter evolved ManageMowed into a commercial landscape management business that subcontracts work to owner-operator crews. The model is attractive as commercial work is less impacted by economy shifts. After they...


Developing Emerging Concepts with Shirin Kanji of Impact Properties

Shirin Kanji is responsible for overseeing all of Impact Properties investment related activities and directly oversees the newly formed retail division which includes 75 Rent a Center franchised locations and 2 CARSTAR franchised locations. Mr. Kanji holds a B.S. in Finance and Political Science from NYU Stern School of Business and an M.S. in Real Estate Finance & Development from NYU Real Estate Institute. Mr. Kanji is a member of YPO Florida chapter, part of the NYU Alumni Advisory Board...


Determining If Your Business is Right for Franchising with Jason Anderson of Venture X

Rich with franchising, real estate, marketing and technology experience, Jason Anderson leads the Venture X brand. Jason oversees all aspects of the growth and development of this dynamic business after serving in other leadership roles at United Franchise Group including President of Accurate Franchising and Chief Technology Officer. Jason also has strong real estate management skills which he honed as the founder of Premier Property Marketing Group in Dallas. It was in that capacity that...


Turning Your Mistakes into Strengths with Scott Taylor of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar

Scott has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Walk-On’s Enterprises Operations, LLC since December 2010. During his tenure, Scott has led the organization in systemization of all brands, successful partner buyout and the investment and buy in of Drew Brees in May 2015. Prior to joining Walk-On’s Enterprises, Scott served as Chief Operating Officer for Family Sports Concepts, franchisor for Beef O Brady’s Sports Pubs and The Brass Tap, from 2002 to 2011. During his tenure, the...


Breaking Down Life’s Barriers with Inger Nicolaisen of Nikita Hair

Inger Ellen Nicolaisen is a self-made entrepreneur from humble beginnings. Raised in a small Norwegian town by an alcoholic father, she became a mother at the age of 15. The responsibility of having a child pushed her to develop her business skills. In 1984 she founded Nikita Hair, with her first hair salon in Norway. Nikita has now grown to become one of the leading hair and beauty companies in Europe with 150 salons and over 1000 employees. Key Takeaways: [0:18] Today’s episode of...


Establishing a Sustainable Franchise Concept in More Ways Than One with Josh Cohen of Junkluggers

Josh Cohen is the CEO and founder of Junkluggers. He founded Junkluggers out of his mom's Dodge Durango fourteen years ago and has grown the company into one of the largest junk removal franchises in the country. For Josh, it's about much more than just hauling junk away. He has a greater mission guiding everything they do. Their B.H.A.G. is to ensure no junk collected by Junkluggers enters a landfill by 2025. They are completing the process now to convert their corporation into a b-corp...


Pacing the Growth of your Franchise with Chris and Andrew McCuiston of Goldfish Swim School

Chris McCuiston, with the help of his wife and high school sweetheart, Jenny McCuiston, co-founded Goldfish Swim School in 2006 in their hometown of Birmingham, Michigan. Both he and Jenny realized the lack of quality swim lessons in the area and using his degree in finance from Michigan State University, and her background as a U.S. Olympic Trial qualifier in swimming, the two set out to create a swim school that was fun, approachable and focused on water safety. Now with 86 schools...


Gaining Perspective from a Brand New Franchisee Team with Sean and Jennifer McManus

Sean & Jennifer McManus are lifelong veterans of the entertainment industry. Sean has been singing in bands since the early eighties and making a living at it since the mid-nineties as a professional singer & performer in several various, genre-based "Las Vegas-style" show revues. Jennifer has been dancing since the age of two and has danced professionally as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, where she did USO tour in Iraq, Afghanistan & Kuwait. She was also a Dallas Mavericks Dancer and...