FranchiseU! provides education and inspiration to those in, or considering careers within, franchising. This podcast is produced by the Yum! Center for Global Franchise Excellence at the University of Louisville. The Center’s vision is to empower communities to create and sustain generational wealth using the franchising business model.
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Turp Ricketts from Horsepower Brands. Ricketts shares the principles behind Horsepower Brands rapid sustainable growth. Ricketts’ deep wisdom and personal style allows the business knowledge and anecdotes shared to be easily applied in the real world.
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Mike Kulp from KBP Brands. Kulp shares the details of his business history as KBP Brands grew to become one of the largest franchisees in the world. Kulp also shares business principles embraced by KBP Brands. Principles that are both inspirational and instructional.
For more than 20 years, Kulp’s passion for creating a great place to work, a great place to eat and a great pl...
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Erin Fletter from Sticky Fingers Cooking. Fletter shares the details of how Sticky Fingers Cooking grew from her kitchen table to becoming a national franchise opportunity. Fletter’s story highlights how both vision and quality control help in building a brand.
Fletter is a serial entrepreneur and cookbook author with a 30-year history in the food and wine industry. In 2011, S...
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Rocco Fiorentino from Benetrends Financial. Fiorentino shares Benetrends unique funding model for Entrepreneurs (specifically those seeking franchises). Listen to the end to find out about the least expensive way to access business capital.
With an accomplished three-decade career in franchising, Rocco Fiorentino, CFE, stands as a leader and influencer. Fiorentino’s roles span...
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Gigi Schweikert from Lightbridge Academy. Schweikert shares details from her amazing career that have impacted how she, as CEO, leads this unique childcare franchise and ensures the satisfaction of Lightbridge Academy’s many customers.
Ms. Gigi Schweikert is an international thought leader in early childhood education and supervision. With 35 years of experience and 18 publish...
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Trevor Rappleye from Franchise Filming. Rappleye shares how important video can be to franchisors trying to tell their stories and shares a special technique that make Franchise Filming’s work so impactful.
Trevor Rappleye is the founder and CEO of Franchise Filming, a leading, full-service video production provider.
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In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Joe Thornton from Scooter’s Coffee. Thornton shares Scooter’s Coffee unique franchise concept based on their deep, organization-wide values. Thornton further shares how Scooters Coffee uses technology and loyalty programs to build community.
Joe Robert Thornton is an experienced senior executive with more than 39 years of experience in large-scale operations, human resources, ...
In today’s episode of FranchiseU!, Kathy sits down with Damien Dwin from Lafayette Square. Dwin shares his research-based perspective on capital investment and how non-traditional investment can make Capitalism work better for every US citizen.
Damien Dwin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lafayette Square, a national investment platform. Founded in November 2020, Lafayette Square aims to create investment opportunities...
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