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Franchise Empires
Franchise Empires
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Tips from the Top: Franchising’s Best Advice

It seems like anyone and their mom is ready to give you advice about franchising. But why not take advice from... more

09 Jul 2024 · 10 minutes
S9 E10: How Slick City Became an Adventure Park on Steroids

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Bron Launsby, the mastermind behind Slick City, a thriving franchise in the... more

25 Jun 2024 · 36 minutes
S9 E9: 130 Units in 60 Months: Inside Soccer Stars’ Booming Franchise Model

Who can forget being shuffled around to soccer games in the back seat of mom’s minivan, eagerly waiting to find... more

18 Jun 2024 · 44 minutes
S9 E8: Unpacking beem Light Sauna’s Formula to Success

How does the co-founder of beem Light Sauna think about scaling a thriving health and wellness franchise? The Wolf talks... more

11 Jun 2024 · 43 minutes
S9 E7: How Checkers & Dave’s Hot Chicken Became a National Cult Obsession

Before it became a media franchise sensation, Dave’s Hot Chicken was a pop-up shop in East Los Angeles creating a... more

04 Jun 2024 · 32 minutes
S9 E6: How Dinesh Goswami Acquired 125+ Pizza Huts, Popeye’s, and Taco Bells

Did you know when it comes to where your franchise is situated, there’s a breakfast side and a dinner side... more

28 May 2024 · 42 minutes
S9 E5: Mobile Station Mogul: Gas Biz Guy on the Future of the Gas Industry

What’s the latest Twitter beef with an army of minions going to war for Gas Biz Guy? Is it a... more

21 May 2024 · 31 minutes
S9 E4: The Visionary Leader Behind Pearle Vision's Eyewear Empire, with Bill Noble

How did a West Point flight school graduate become the founder of 79 optical stores across the US? Bill Noble,... more

14 May 2024 · 43 minutes
S9 E3: Deb Merrill’s Jimmy Johns Journey

Deb Merrill had no idea she was destined for franchise management until her brother-in-law asked if she’d be interested in... more

07 May 2024 · 34 minutes
S9 E2: The King of Chicken and Beef: How Drew Gressett Opened 80+ Zaxby’s and Hat Creek Locations

Drew Gressett’s sitting down with the Wolf to discuss his personal journey in the restaurant industry—from his journey founding Hat... more

30 Apr 2024 · 36 minutes
S9 E1: How Adam Saxton Turned McAlister’s Deli Into an Unstoppable Franchise Beast

You’ll never be able to operate 90+ franchises if your first franchise isn’t golden to begin with. Take it from... more

23 Apr 2024 · 38 minutes
S8 E10: Listener Mailbag: Negotiating Franchise Agreements, Back Office Solutions, & the Nashville Chicken Wars

Buckle up because the Wolf is taking another stab at your best Twitter questions in this solo question-and-answer pod. Should you... more

26 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
S8 E9: How Lucas Mitchell Bought 20 Five Guy’s With Just $700k

The Wolf chats with french fry master, Lucas Mitchell, a successful entrepreneur and franchisee of Five Guys, to discuss the... more

19 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
S8 E8: Stretching the Limits: The Rise of StretchLab, with Steve Hitzemann

Loosen up. Literally. StretchLab is the Austin-based company helping others to increase performance and decrease joint pain. The Wolf chats with... more

12 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
S8 E7: A Bundt Cake Franchise With ~$300k In Profits?!

The Wolf’s taking a break from his normal podcasting format to break down the latest in franchising news this week. Is... more

05 Mar 2024 · 15 minutes
S8 E5: Listener Mailbag: Your Hottest Franchising Questions Answered

The Wolf is breaking it down solo for this special Q&A session, where he’s answering your most burning questions about... more

20 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
S8 E4: The Hand and Stone Massage Franchise Who Has Built a $80m/year Empire

Eric Danver is the man who’s owned 100+ franchise locations over the course of his impressive career, including 58 Hand... more

13 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
S8 E3: When a Fad Turns into Failure: How to Defeat the Franchise Hype Cycle, with Dru Capenito

Everyone wants to be the next Crumbl. But let’s face it—not every new and hot franchise can be the next... more

06 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
S8 E2: AMA with The Wolf of Franchises

It’s time for the listeners to “Ask Me Anything”! When does a franchise restaurant become a viable investment? The answer may... more

30 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
S8 E1: The Family Who Owns 78+ McDonald’s

Join The Wolf as he sits down with John Valluzzo and his sons, Michael and Nick, to explore their reign... more

23 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
S7 E12: A Look Back at 2023's Greatest Moments

As 2023 draws to a close, we’re taking a step back to take a look at some of the best... more

19 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
S7 E11: The Portfolio Franchise Company Dominating the Home Services Industry & Building a Home Services Empire

Meet Zach Beutler, the mastermind behind Horsepower Brands, a dynamo company dominating the home services franchise industry. With a portfolio... more

12 Dec 2023 · 39 minutes
S7 E10: From College to Business Partners - Lessons from 5 Territory Owner Group of Ace Handyman Service

In this week’s ep, the Wolf’s chatting with Dan Giacomazzi and Artem Lopatchenko, two business partners in one of America’s... more

05 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
S7 E9: From Motherhood to Magnolia: The Inspiring Journey of Magen Bynum, Founder of Magnolia Soap

Magen Bynum, the founder of Magnolia Soap and Bath, drops by to chat with the Wolf about how she turned... more

28 Nov 2023 · 35 minutes
S7 E8: Rolling Suds’ Squeaky-Clean Saga Towards Franchise Success, with Aaron Harper

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Aaron Harper, the CEO of Rolling Suds, one of the fastest-growing power-washing... more

21 Nov 2023 · 1 hour,
S7 E7: Creating a Differentiated Franchise - Carmelo Marsala, Founder of Spray-Net

Meet the first person to mass-market a factory-finished painting solution at the convenience of your home. Join The Wolf as he... more

14 Nov 2023 · 43 minutes
S7 E6: From Delivery Boy To Domino’s Franchisee (And Mahana Fresh Founder) - Dave Wood’s Journey

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Dave Wood, the mastermind behind Mahana Fresh, a healthy bowl concept that’s... more

07 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
S7 E5: Franchising’s Hottest Takes, with Erik van Horn of “The Franchise Secrets Podcast”

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Erik van Horn, host of "The Franchise Secrets Podcast," for a special... more

31 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
S7 E4: How Hoppin’ Became America’s First Self-Serve Bar Franchise, with Rich Moyer

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Rich Moyer, the mastermind behind Hoppin’ Franchise Group, to discuss Hoppin’s unique... more

24 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
S7 E3: The Only Pharmaceutical Franchise— With Multi-Unit Owner, Jim Kodman

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Jim Kodman, a pharmacist and franchise owner of Vital Care, an acute... more

17 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
10 of the Most Fascinating Franchise Facts

Join The Wolf as he dives into the fascinating world of franchising with a data-driven episode.  In this episode, The Wolf... more

10 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
S7 E1: How Pickleball Became America’s Hottest New Franchise Opportunity, with Joe Sexton

Join The Wolf as he sits down with Joe Sexton, President of Ace Pickleball Club, to discuss the booming popularity... more

03 Oct 2023 · 54 minutes
S6 E14: From 12 to 140+ Locations: The Franchisee Who Skyrocketed Orangetheory to Fame

Meet Jamie Weeks, a dynamic entrepreneur who's not afraid to make waves in the franchising industry. With a remarkable portfolio... more

28 Sep 2023 · 51 minutes
S6 E13: Transforming the Tanning Industry, with Lauren Rampello Becotte of Pure Glow

Have you been curious about what it takes to spin your side hustle into your own full-time business? If so,... more

26 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
S6 E12: King of Franchises: The Man Who Owns 2400+ Fast Food Locations

He’s the unabashed king of franchises. Meet Greg Flynn, the visionary behind Flynn Restaurant Group and Flynn Properties, boasting over 2,400... more

19 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
S6 E11: Ron Holt on Fun, Franchising, and Disrupting the Moving Industry

Can your movers put on a dance show? Didn’t think so  Join The Wolf as he delves into the world of... more

12 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
S6 E10: How Top Rail Became the Fastest-Growing Fencing Franchise in the US

Tune in as The Wolf sits down with Todd Bingham, the visionary CEO of Homefront Brands, to take a deep... more

05 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Building a Dessert Empire - Meet Dan Reese of Milkshake Factory

Discover the sweet success story of the Milkshake Factory, a beloved Pittsburgh-based franchise that has captured the hearts (and taste... more

29 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
S6 Ep8: 6 Brands, 1 Vision: Inside Jeff Dudan's Home Front Revolution

The Wolf welcomes entrepreneurial dynamo Jeff Dudan, as they dive deep into the captivating story behind Advanta Clean, which rapidly... more

22 Aug 2023 · 48 minutes
The #1 Software Platform for Building Your Future Franchise (Solo Edition)

This week, the Wolf’s flying solo, and he’s walking you through the best tool in the industry to use for... more

15 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
S6 Ep6: Helping People, Helping Pets— Scenthound’s Membership-Based Grooming Empire

Tim Vogel’s fascination with dogs began at a young age. Perplexed and compelled by his four-legged friend's behavior, Tim knew... more

08 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
S6 Ep5: Sweetgreen - From A College Project to Billion Dollar IPO

Salad shouldn’t scale.  So how did Sweetgreen defy those odds, creating a health food franchise fixated on quality, sustainability, and healthy... more

01 Aug 2023 · 50 minutes
S6 Ep4: How Peter Taunton Built a 9-Figure Franchise (And Why He’s Doing It Again)

Peter Taunton is proud of the work he’s done— and he’s here to boast about his accomplishments, including how he... more

25 Jul 2023 · 37 minutes
S6 Ep3: The Secret Reason Why College H.U.N.K.S. Became the Largest Moving Company in the US

It may have started as a joke, but after scaling to over 200+ locations with nearly 3000 employees nationwide, College... more

18 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
S6 E2: The Founder That’s Disrupting McDonald’s, Burger King, and “Big Food”

Can you name the ingredients in a McDonalds French fry? We’ll give you a hint— there’s over 15 of them. And... more

11 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
S6 Ep1: How Buzz Franchise Brands is Building Companies that Get People Talking

With over 25 years of experience building brands, Kevin Wilson knows a thing or two about creating franchises that last.  Kevin... more

03 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
S5 Ep13: The Fast Food Style Laundry Chain Disrupting the Way We Wash Clothes

Think about it— it’s the weekend, and as much as you want to sit down, relax, and pop open an... more

27 Jun 2023 · 45 minutes
S5 Ep12: From Boston Consulting Group To Multi-Unit Pet Franchise Owner

What’s one of the few franchise markets that continues to grow year after year in customer spend? Hint: it’s furry,... more

20 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
S5 Ep11: The Early Crumbl Franchisee Who’s Now Building Shaq’s Brand

Meet the man who knows a thing or two about franchising: Jace Mattinson. Having franchised various brands, including Ace Hardware, Crumbl... more

13 Jun 2023 · 39 minutes
S5 Ep10: Building vs. Operating Franchise Stores, with Alex Yeater

How does being an area representative differ from being a franchise owner?   Everbowl’s area rep, Alex Yeater, chats with the Wolf... more

06 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
S5 Ep9: How Biscuit Belly Took the Boring Out of Breakfast

How do you elevate breakfast food in a novel way that no other franchise is doing? By taking biscuits to a... more

30 May 2023 · 38 minutes
S5 Ep8: The Ben & Jerry's Franchisee Who Also Owns...A Starbucks?

How did former math teacher turned franchise developer Antonio McBroom open 14 Ben and Jerry’s locations across South Carolina by... more

23 May 2023 · 28 minutes
S5 Ep7: Building a Consumer-Facing Coffee Brand, with Jacob Jaber

How did Philz Coffee grow to become synonymous with fueling the likes of tech giants out of Silicon Valley?  Co-founder, Jacob... more

16 May 2023 · 53 minutes
S5 Ep6: How Shelly Sun Built a $639 Million Dollar Franchise

What’s the best way to drive franchise growth in the senior healthcare industry?    According to Brightstar Care CEO Shelly Sun, it’s... more

09 May 2023 · 48 minutes
S5 Ep5: How Chris Kenny Raised $300M To Invest in The Biggest Franchises of Tomorrow

What do fitness, skincare and swim schools have in common? Get ready to make a splash with Chris Kenny as... more

02 May 2023 · 48 minutes
S5 Ep4: Turning Thrift Store Shopping into Franchise Gold with BaseCamp CEOs Zach and Tyler Gordon

How do resale employees determine how much that five-year-old Lululemon shirt is actually worth?   The Wolf sits down with BaseCamp Franchising... more

25 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
S5 Ep3: Always Have a Playbook for Scaling, with Voda CEO Dan Claps and Zach Nolte

How do you create a 1.7 million dollar franchise beast from a small-scale cleaning company?   According to Voda Cleaning and Restoration... more

18 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
S5 Ep2: Using Life Obstacles to Fuel Your Franchise, with Cynthia May

How does a single, 17-year-old mother find the motivation to build an 83-territory health and wellness empire?    Cynthia May, co-founder of... more

11 Apr 2023 · 45 minutes
S5 Ep1: Cookies And Cream: How To Open A Multi-Brand Desserts Franchise

Who doesn’t love a cookie, or a pretzel…or ice cream? CJ Adams is the multi-brand franchise owner growing his sweet... more

04 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
S4 Ep12: The Franchise Growth Expert Turned Pub Franchise Owner, With Brent Dowling

From pro snowboarder to CEO, find out how Brent Dowling grows promising young franchises - including his own brewery pub... more

28 Mar 2023 · 48 minutes
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S5 Ep5: How Chris Kenny Raised $300M To Invest in The Biggest Franchises of Tomorrow
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What do fitness, skincare and swim schools have in common? Get ready to make a splash with Chris Kenny as he dives... more