Welcome to the ContenderCast with Justin Honaman, a leadership and Consumer Industries entrepreneurship conversation centered on shining a light on bright ideas. Justin is a digital commerce leader, author, communicator, and Consumer Products / Retail industry thought-leader based in Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information and guest access, visit contendercast.com. Every winner started as a contender!
KAHAWA 1893 :: PURE KENYAN COFFEE
CEO and Founder of Kahawa 1893 Margaret Nyamumbo is the first Black woman-owned coffee brand to be sold in Trader Joe's. The Harvard graduate quit her job as a Wall Street investment banker to become a third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer. Margaret saw how Kenyan women provided over 90% of labor in the African coffee industry. Sadly, these women farmers are largely uncompensated for their work and own just 1% of farmland in their country. It is the only brand that allows customers to directly tip the farmers via electronic payment. The brand offers a QR code on its packaging and a link on its website so customers can send a tip to the farmer's e-wallet. 100% of proceeds go directly to the female coffee producers the brand works with, and it matches all tips to double the impact. Maggy joins Justin to discuss this new coffee brand!
DECODING GREATNESS :: HOW THE BEST IN THE WORLD REVERSE ENGINEER SUCCESS
Ron Friedman is an award-winning psychologist who has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, and has consulted for political leaders, nonprofits, and many of the world’s most recognized brands. Popular accounts of his research have appeared in major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, as well as magazines such as Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today. Ron is the founder of ignite80, a learning and development company that translates research in neuroscience, human physiology and behavioral economics into practical strategies that help working professionals become healthier, happier and more productive. His first book, The Best Place to Work, was selected as an Inc. Magazine Best Business Book of the Year. Ron joins Justin to discuss his new book.
BEVCANNA ENTERPRISES :: WE BOTTLE WELLNESS
BevCanna owns and operates one of the highest-capacity cannabinoid beverage processing and manufacturing facilities in Canada. BevCanna offers a variety of beverage product formats including PET, aluminum, and glass form factors, available in multiple sizes and custom shapes. BevCanna has a strategic partnership with the #1 U.S. cannabis beverage company, Keef Brands. BevCanna acts as the exclusive licensee, manufacturing and distribution partner for Keef Brands in Canada, and leverages the extensive Keef U.S. manufacturing and distribution network to access the U.S. cannabis market. Finally, BevCanna manufactures and distributes TRACE which currently enjoys a leadership position within the plant-based fulvic and humic mineral category. Founder and CEO Marcello Leone joins Justin to discuss this growing brand.
JUICED BOXES :: THE SMARTER VERSION OF YOUR GO-TO PARTY PUNCH.
Juiced Boxes, founded by recent Columbia grad Dawson Sieradzky, launched the presale for its first product in the last few weeks. The individual pouches of 30-proof punch have “tamper-evident,” single-use packaging and for cautious drinkers worried about not wearing a mask, the pouch is mask-friendly. Dawson joins Justin to discuss this new alco-bev concept!
ROB DYRDEK :: THE DYRDEK MACHINE – MANUFACTURING AMAZING
Rob Dyrdek is a former pro-skateboarder, MTV personality and founder of the multi-million dollar venture creation studio, Dyrdek Machine. Rob’s work financing, co-founding and marketing some of today’s most desired CPG brands has led him to become a master at studying competitor landscapes, filling whitespaces, adapting quickly to consumer needs + emerging technologies, and ultimately utilizing success-driving strategies to maintain profitability and scale up. Rob has co-created 14 brands with 5 exits - totaling $450M - in only five years. Rob joins Justin to discuss his entrepreneurial ventures!
ENTREPRENEURIAL OPERATING SYSTEM® (EOS)
EOS Worldwide, an innovative business model designed to help leaders achieve success, now has tens of thousands of businesses running successfully on the EOS® principles. Its team of EOS Implementers®, or business coaches, work to perpetuate entrepreneurial freedom throughout the world, first with the entrepreneur, then the leadership team, then every employee throughout the business – ultimately helping millions of people live out their ideal life. Mark O’Donnell, Visionary and CEO, joins Justin to discuss this entrepreneurial brand.
Justin Honaman is a great interviewer. If you want to scale-up, LISTEN! :)
Great podcast! Extremely informational for a compact podcast.
Great mix of brands profiled
Compact, to the point discussions with founders of brands that have already achieved a good level of success, and are poised for more.