This ‘Undercover Boss’ Uncovered the Formula for Franchising Success

Gina Rivera’s Phenix Salon Suites is Unstoppable

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Ever wonder what happens after the cameras stop rolling on the CBS hit show, Undercover Boss? For Gina Rivera, who along with her company, Phenix Salon Suites were featured on Undercover Boss two years ago, her appearance launched enormous revenue growth and new opportunities.

In fact, with a boost from Undercover Boss, Phenix Salon Suites has become the fastest growing salon suite franchise in the U.S., zeroing in on 200 nationwide locations, and soon to enter the Chinese market.

This week, Gina regales host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart with the story of her exploding franchise business; her expansion into multiple beauty products lines; and her budding film career.

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Posted: February 13, 2017
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 05 seconds 

Defying Conventional Business Wisdom and Succeeding

Russ DiGilio Built a Growing National Chain Despite the Long Odds Against Him

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If Russ DiGilio pitched his business concept to you, chances are you’d run from it as fast as your legs could carry you:

A new donut chain (just what the world is lacking); named Duck Donuts (who doesn’t associate tasty fresh donuts with ducks?); that defies health food advocates (not even a gluten-free variety); and requires customers to come into the donut shop to buy the product (online retailing, what’s that?).

So much for conventional business wisdom.

DiGilio’s Duck Donuts are a mega-success, rapidly spreading across 13 states and more than 100 stores.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, DiGilio demonstrates to our donut-loving host Dean Rotbart, why there is always hope for the entrepreneurial iconoclasts of the world.   

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Posted: November 28, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 36 minutes 52 seconds

Ray Kroc & Dave Thomas – Meet Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels

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Philippe (l) and Pierre (r)

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Did you hear the story about the two guys from Europe who moved to Salt Lake City, bought a street food cart, and began peddling fresh hand-made Belgium waffles and fries?

One day, if Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels have their way, their tale will be the stuff of legends, much like Ray Kroc and McDonalds, and Dave Thomas and Wendy’s.

bruges_logoPierre and Philippe are the co-founders of Bruges Waffles & Frites, which has grown into a booming four-restaurant chain in Utah, and is now expanding to other states across the Mountain West. Relying on authentic Belgium recipes, Bruges Waffles & Frites draws cult-like crowds of customers clamoring for their fast-casual cuisine.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Pierre and Philippe will whet your appetite for their style of cooking up impressive profits – along with the best darn waffles and fries this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Posted: June 8,  2015
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34 minutes 09 seconds

Business ‘Matchmaker’ Stacy Swift on Franchising

Will You Be a Franchisor or Franchisee?

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There are more than ¾ of a million franchise establishments in the U.S. and that number continues to leap every year.

sswiftStacy Swift advises individuals who are considering investing in a franchise how to narrow the vast field down to the right one. In fact, Stacy, who owns and operates FranNet offices covering five states, likens her role to that of a marriage matchmaker, bringing together franchisor and franchisee for what she hopes will be a happily – and profitably – ever after.

Learn the secrets of a successful match this week on Monday Morning Radio.

Stacy is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, co-host of Business Unconventional, the one-hour radio newsmagazine that aired weekly on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

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Posted: April 20, 2015
Run Time: 32 minutes 40 seconds