99 episodes

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 that provide them with freedom, control, income, and equity that aren’t available in Corporate America.

In Franchising you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself. We are not alone. There are thousands of franchisees out there just like us. This podcast is a place for all of us to learn and grow.
If you aren’t currently a Franchisee or in the Franchise Industry but have the dream of business ownership this podcast will give you insights in to the franchise industry that aren’t available anywhere else.

The Franchise Story Podcast Brian Holmes and Erik VanHorn

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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 that provide them with freedom, control, income, and equity that aren’t available in Corporate America.

In Franchising you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself. We are not alone. There are thousands of franchisees out there just like us. This podcast is a place for all of us to learn and grow.
If you aren’t currently a Franchisee or in the Franchise Industry but have the dream of business ownership this podcast will give you insights in to the franchise industry that aren’t available anywhere else.

    98: How to Achieve Sustainable Growth In Your Business, with SPENGA Co-Founder Roger McGreal

    98: How to Achieve Sustainable Growth In Your Business, with SPENGA Co-Founder Roger McGreal

    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 spin, strength, and yoga elements to the workout. 

    • 31 min
    97: From Success to Significance, with Urban Air Franchisee Harold Mills

    97: From Success to Significance, with Urban Air Franchisee Harold Mills

    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 been among the franchise system’s top performers even in the midst of a global pandemic.

    • 32 min
    96: Panel Discussion - Franchising Freedom: 15 Franchisors And Franchising Experts Share Best Thinking And Proven Strategies For Successfully Franchising A Business

    96: Panel Discussion - Franchising Freedom: 15 Franchisors And Franchising Experts Share Best Thinking And Proven Strategies For Successfully Franchising A Business

    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.

    • 37 min
    95: Key Success Factors To Embrace As You Scale Your Business, with Smoothie King Franchisee Andres Barcenas

    95: Key Success Factors To Embrace As You Scale Your Business, with Smoothie King Franchisee Andres Barcenas

    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 you can take in a turnaround situation, and some of the most essential lessons he has learned throughout his business journey.

    • 50 min
    94: Building Through the Uncertainty and Thriving, with Lapels Dry Cleaning President and CEO Kevin Dubois

    94: Building Through the Uncertainty and Thriving, with Lapels Dry Cleaning President and CEO Kevin Dubois

    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 magazine’s Franchise 500 for 2020.

    • 36 min
    93: The Perfect Storm in Franchising to be Successful, with Red’s Savoy Pizza CEO and President Reed Daniels

    93: The Perfect Storm in Franchising to be Successful, with Red’s Savoy Pizza CEO and President Reed Daniels

    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, the franchise currently has 19 locations and is growing fast.

    • 48 min

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