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WordPress from Install to Publish. WPwatercooler is a live video and audio roundtable discussion from WordPress professionals from around the industry who offer tips, best practices, and lively debate on how to put the content management system to use. WPwatercooler is part of the WPwatercooler Network - WPwatercooler, WPblab, The WordPress Marketing Show, Dev Branch Hosted by WordPress developer Jason Tucker, the weekly panel includes the following WP experts as well as over 500 guests sinc ...
 
Welcome to The Franchise Story Podcast! Where we give you access to the stories, mindsets, and lessons learned by high performing Franchisees and the Franchise Founders behind the brands that they invested in. Your Hosts are Erik VanHorn and Brian Holmes. We are multi – unit, multi – brand franchisees with 20+ years of experience building our own franchise businesses. This is a niche podcast for listeners who want to hear the stories of people who have used Franchising to create businesses t ...
 
Discover, uncover, and delve into the new heart of Washington, D.C. through interviews, adventures, and special guides to events and happenings with the people and places that are making things happen in the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia), around our Nations' Capital. Brought to you by creative entrepreneur Edmond van der Bijl, a DC native and contemporary installation artist.
 
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Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian and Erik are joined by Roger McGreal, who has served in his role as CEO for SPENGA since March 2015 as well as being a co-founder. As one of the fastest growing brands to keep your eyes on, SPENGA currently has over 307 locations sold and offers a boutique fitness experience that combines s…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian is joined by Harold Mills, a successful Urban Air franchisee. Urban Air is the preeminent indoor adventure park hosting open jump, fitness classes, dodgeball, and parties. Harold just safely and successfully opened one of the largest Urban Air parks in the country this summer, which has bee…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, we are joined by other purpose-driven franchising experts who are Brian’s co-authors of the newly released book Franchising Freedom! In this book, 15 franchisors and franchising experts that share the best thinking and proven strategies for successfully franchising a business. Brian is joined by …
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian is joined by Andres Barcenas, a multi-location franchisee of Smoothie King in Austin, Texas. Andres talks about his journey starting out as a manager for a Smoothie King location to becoming a multi-unit franchisee for the brand in a short period of time. He shares with us the first steps y…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we discuss the environment that our WordPress website and the programming language that powers WordPress, PHP. RedHat LTS Official OpenMage LTS codebase | Security vulnerability patches, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. Drupal 6 Long Term Support Migrate Guru Join us on this episode of WPwatercooler by visiti…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this week’s episode, Brian is joined by Kevin Dubois, the President & CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. Lapels Dry Cleaning was founded on the premise of convenience and a true 100% environmentally non-toxic way to clean clothes. With nearly 100 locations nationwide, the brand was recently named to Entrepreneur maga…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, we are joined by Reed Daniels, the CEO and President of Red’s Savoy Pizza. Since 1965, the original Red’s Savoy Pizza has earned a reputation as a landmark restaurant in St. Paul, Minnesota. Red’s began licensing in 2006, replicating its mom and pop pizzeria in dozens of Midwest communities. Now,…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we’re discussing technical debt and how to tackle it. Sponsored by ServerPress and WPSiteSync http://www.serverpress.com https://www.wpsitesync.com Introducing - The Query A question and answer show for 38% of the web. 2020 was supposed to be the year that Jason Cosper did Ask Me Anything sessions instead of giving prepar…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brain is joined by special guest Dr. George Tinsley Sr. who is a Hall of Famer, an entrepreneur, an author, podcast host, speaker, and a franchisee. Tinsley is CEO of PenGeo, Inc., Tinsley Group, Inc. and Tinsley Family Concessions — collectively Tampa Bay's 3rd largest Black-owned enterprise, an…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders This week, we take a step back in time to discuss the lifework of Martha Matilda Harper— one of the greatest businesswomen you may not have heard about. In this special episode, Erik is joined by Jane Plitt, the author of the book Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Mod…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders Dustin King is a 32-year-old third-generation operator steering his family’s multi-brand snack empire which now includes Auntie Anne’s, Häagen-Dazs, Cinnabon, Planet Smoothie, Jamba, Nestle Toll House Cookies, and Carvel. As the COO of SE Co-Brand Ventures, the company operates just shy of 60 locations and is sti…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this week’s episode, Brain is joined by Shaun Grove, the president of Club Pilates. As the largest Pilates brand in the world, Club Pilates is also one of the world's largest franchised fitness brands with over 600 locations open worldwide. Before becoming the president of Club Pilates back in 2015, Grove was …
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Erik Van Horn is joined by Brian Scudamore on a favorite episode from the Franchise Secrets Podcast. Brian is a franchising legend. After realizing that he learned more from working than he did from studying, he dropped out of college to attack his junk removal business full-time. That business b…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders Scott is a respected entrepreneur from Utah that has led several companies from their growth stage to exit. Most notably, Scott co-founded Five Star Painting, one of America’s largest painting franchise systems, taking it to over 100 locations in four countries. Now, Scott is the CEO of ProNexis, leading that com…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders Andy Pittman is the CEO of ShelfGenie, the nation’s leading custom shelving and home improvement solutions franchise. Andy doesn’t have your typical franchise story, though. Back in the day, Andy was running his own appliance store with 13 employees in Raleigh, North Carolina, when he found an article about Shelf…
 
On this episode of WPwatercooler, we will be discussing how to do it wrong and all the things that you’re doing wrong in WordPress. Panel: Jason Tucker, Sé Reed, Jason Cosper Join us on an episode of WPwatercooler by visiting our Participant guidelines page. WPwatercooler network is sponsored by ServerPress makers of DesktopServer. Be sure to check…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian and Erik are joined by Scott Marr. Scott is the founder and CEO of Koala Insulation, an emerging installation franchise serving residential and commercial customers based in Melbourne, Florida. Before Koala Insulation, Scott started and sold another successful franchise, Fleet Clean USA, on…
 
This week on the show we’re discussing the politics relating to open source software and the people that use it. How to Be A WordPress Ally • Allie Nimmons Has a Blog Allie’s Twitter Lit Black Girls Code – imagine. build. create. – Black Girls Code, BlackGirlsCode, Women of Color in Technology Join us on an episode of WPwatercooler by visiting our …
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian talks with Jeff Dudan, the CEO of Dudan Partners. Jeff is a franchise executive with 25 years of experience founding, building, operating, and ultimately exiting a national brand. After the successful sale of AdvantaClean, a light environmental service franchise, Jeff founded Dudan Partners…
 
This week we're discussing the evolution of the WordPress Post Editor and some interesting alternatives too. Join us on this episode of WPwatercooler by visiting our Participant guidelines page. WPwatercooler network is sponsored by ServerPress makers of DesktopServer. Be sure to check them out at https://www.serverpress.com See acast.com/privacy f…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian talks with James Williams, co-founder of the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness concept. James has been serving as the brand’s CEO since their inception in 2017. Previously, James was a co-founder and Principal at Ivy Venture Partners, where he partnered with Floyd Mayweather and Beyoncé to devel…
 
This week we’re going to be discussing the daunting task of why you should to client proof of WordPress website. Panel: Jason Tucker, Steve Zehngut, Sé Reed, Jason Cosper This episode of WPwatercooler is brought to you by ServerPress makers of DesktopServer they make local WordPress development yeas, check them out at ServerPress.com See acast.com/…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian talks with the owner and operator of two Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge, & Ice Cream franchise locations in North and South Carolina, Ashley Clark. Ashley entered the franchising world at a young age, eventually acquiring a second Kilwins location. After graduating from Clemson at 23 years old, …
 
On this episode we’re going to be discussing the daunting task of how to client-proof a WordPress website. This episode of WPwatercooler is brought to you by ServerPress makers of DesktopServer they make local WordPress development yeas, check them out at ServerPress.com Imagify WordPress Plugin ACF | Advanced Custom Fields Plugin for WordPress Pre…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, we are joined by a top performer franchisee, Jon-Anthony Lui. Jon-Anthony is a 10-year, multi-unit franchisee with Tutor Doctor. Together with Erik and Brian, Jon-Anthony shares his experiences in starting out and growing in the world of franchising where he developed notable life and leadership …
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, we have a special guest who is the Founder and CEO of Loyalty Brands— John Hewitt. Prior to Loyalty Brands, John was also the co-founder of Jackson Hewitt and the Sole Founder of Liberty Tax Service. Given his 50+ years of experience in the industry, John talks with Brian about some key values on…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we’ll be discussing the quick ways to sell online with WordPress. Panel Jason Cosper, Jason Tucker, Russell Aaron, Sé Reed, Steve Zehngut Form Plugins The Best WordPress Form Plugin WordPress Form Builder-Caldera Forms:Complex Forms Made Easy Ninja Forms-The Drag & Drop WordPress Form Builder You’ll Love to Use WPForms-Th…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In today’s episode, Brian talks with Andrew Alfano, the CEO of Retro Fitness, and Robbie Sprechman, the brand’s CFO. Retro Fitness is a rapidly growing fitness company with over 140 locations in 14 states open or in development. Andrew points out, “I don’t build business, I build people, and people build business…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we’ll be discussing the common misconceptions that people have about WordPress. This episode is sponsored by ServerPress makers of DesktopServer and WPSiteSync check them out at desktopserver.com and wpsitesync.com MiAqp87aY0c5N07r2v11 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian talks with Ed Cunningham, a Firehouse Subs franchisee in Arizona. Within 5 months of opening, Ed’s location became the #1 ranked location in the entire Firehouse Subs system. How did he do it? Before becoming a Firehouse Subs franchisee, Ed served as a firefighter. Being a public safety pro…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In the second installation of our special panel discussion, we have the privilege of talking with three guys you may have heard from before—Jeff Bevis, Henry Kim, and Stephen Vereb. Today’s panel is made up of high-performing franchise veterans across different industries to share with us what their crisis manage…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In light of this new reality we are all living in, we thought it would be best to conduct a special panel discussion made up of high-performing franchisees across different industries to share with us what their crisis management has looked like over the past few weeks. The ability to collaborate during this time…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we’re talking about the products and services we use on our latest projects. It’s WordPress Stuff we love, join us! Lead Generation and Sale Notification Popups for WordPress Stores – Holler Box usefathom.com Fathom Lite. Simple, privacy-focused website analytics. Built with Golang & Preact. What Is a Dickbar? Messenger C…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian and Erik talk with Craig Jooste, the Co-founder and CEO of Local Handyman Group. Craig is an accomplished entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 15 years of success in franchising multiple brands across the United States and Canada. He was previously a part of the leadership team …
 
On this episode, we discuss the various WordPress block libraries that are available. Panel: Jason Cosper, Jason Tucker, russell aaron, Sé Reed, Steve Zehngut sorta brilliant A boring desktop is the sign of a boring life. Let's fix that. Altered Reality – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org Free Gutenberg Blocks and Page Building WordPress Theme by At…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Brian and Erik talk with Fred Tomlin, the CEO of Accelerated Waste Solutions, and Sherrod Hunter, the President and Co-founder of Accelerated Waste Solutions. They share key moments of growth for their company and how they made sure to keep the business on top within the industry. They also share…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we’re discussing the sudden flock to be online and how businesses are having to change their methods to keep the doors open. Virtual Happiness Bar Appointments Available Organizing Virtual Events – Make WordPress Communities Michelle Frechette @michelleames Adobe is Giving Everyone 2 Months of Free Creative Cloud – Here’s…
 
With many of us working from home were joining the collective of in-home workers that have been doing this for years. Join us as we discuss this new reality. A dedicated place to work in your home Buy headphones, get good ones Play a great playlist Stay focused Take breaks Use a Pomodoro timer Jason Cosper recommends Tomighty Go outside and see the…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders Our third installment from the 2020 “Best of IFA” series features Vanessa Yakobson, CEO of Blo Blow Dry Bar. Blo Blow Dry Bar is North America’s original blow dry bar. No cuts, no color: Just wash, blo, and go! Vanessa talks with Brian about her experience launching this category that didn’t previously exist. Sin…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders Our second installment from the 2020 “Best of IFA” series features Chris McCuiston, CEO and co-founder of Goldfish Swim School Franchising. Just two years out of college, Chris and his wife took a major risk by starting the brand. “We thought we’d open up 4-5 locations out in Michigan, all company owned, and that…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we discussed WordPress 5.5 and its proposed WP Auto-updates feature currently in plugin form. Join us on this episode of WPwatercooler by visiting our Participant guidelines page. https://www.wpwatecooler.com/joinus WPwatercooler network is sponsored by ServerPress makers of DesktopServer. Be sure to check them out at htt…
 
This week on WPwatercooler we discussed WordPress 5.4 some recent plugins to be rolled into core and Google’s involvement in it. CO2 emissions on the web Feature Project Proposal – WP Notify Requirements Document – WP Notify Lazy-Loading Images in WordPress Core – Make WordPress Core XML Sitemaps – Feature Plugin 1542784 – (lazyload) Support lazy-l…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders Our first installment from the 2020 “Best of IFA” series features Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs. In this live conversation with Brian, Don sheds light on best practices to create the type of brand that can grow and sustain 1,000+ locations. Don joined Firehouse Subs in 2003 as a Director of Franchise Compliance …
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this week’s episode, Brian talks with Alejandra Font, co-founder of The Camp Transformation Center. Over the last decade, the brand has opened over a hundred locations across 13 states and in Mexico. Alejandra talks about The Camp’s journey leading into franchising, key moments of growth for the brand, and har…
 
Stories from Franchisees & Founders In this episode, Erik talks with Jason Wuerfel, the founder of Books & Brews. Jason grew up too nerdy for the jocks and too jocky for the nerds. It was this experience that lead him to develop the mission for Books & Brews⁠— to create a place for people without a place. Books & Brews is a place for the reader, fo…
 
This week on Dev Branch we `git branch dev branch` and start up a new show focused on the developer side of WordPress. Our first topic is speeding up your dev time by working with a code snippet library. Notion–The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. WordPress Packagist: Manage your plugins and themes with Composer Att…
 
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