Episode 013, February 27, 2019
Lyden is the Cofounder of Spatial, the world’s first human-driven layer for cities. A Techstars company. Before Spatial Lyden was an Ethnographic Research consultant for brands like P&G, JnJ, Intel and an adjunct professor of Ethnography at Miami University. He also founded Campus Solutions which he sold in 2014. In eighth grade, he pitched a no-hitter.
Episode 012, February 13, 2019
John Hamburger is the founder and president of Franchise Times Corp., a national publisher of business trade journals in franchising and finance. The company publishes Franchise Times Magazine, a national franchise industry trade journal; the Restaurant Finance Monitor, a monthly financial newsletter which covers the capital markets in the restaurant industry; Food on Demand, which covers foodservice mobile ordering and delivery; and Foodservice News, a monthly newspaper for independent foodservice and restaurant operators in the Upper Midwest. He also produces a number of industry executive conferences including the annual Restaurant Finance & Development Conference and the Franchise Finance & Growth Conference.
John is a frequent speaker at restaurant and franchise industry events on finance and development topics. He is frequently quoted about financial matters concerning restaurant, franchise and hospitality businesses in national business publications. John previously served as a chief financial officer of a public restaurant chain and a CPA in a national accounting firm.
John attended St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where he graduated with a B.A. in accounting in 1977.
Episode 011, January 30, 2019
Chris Dull understands what it takes to build successful brands. After graduating from Baylor, Chris took a position with Marble Slab Creamery, Inc. and rose through the management ranks. In 2007, as Executive Vice President, he led the brand through a go-public sale to NexCen Brands for $21 million. Chris went on to become President of NexCen Franchise Management.
In 2010, NexCen was acquired by Global Franchise Group, and Chris set his sights on maximizing the potential of the company’s most promising concepts in the QSR space.
Today, Global Franchise Group has a portfolio of six brands – Great American Cookies®, Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s®, Pretzelmaker®, Hot Dog on a Stick®, and Round Table Pizza®.
Chris is credited with vertically integrating the company’s manufacturing business. Plus adding a corporate store vertical to the GFG business with the 2014 acquisition of Hot Dog on a Stick® (which he led out of bankruptcy). As well as the acquisition of Round Table Pizza® in 2017.
Most recently, Chris championed the successful sale of Global Franchise Group from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners to Lion Capital LLP and Serruya Private Equity.
Chris’ has led the organization to $1 billion in system-wide sales and more than 1,500 stores worldwide. He understands all aspects of franchising and is an expert in maximizing value.
Chris is an avid family man, triathlon, and true leader!
Episode 010, January 14, 2019
Jayson Siano is the co-founder of Sabre Real Estate Group, a retail real estate brokerage firm based in Long Island, New York. Jayson was born into a family of car dealers, where he learned how to detail cars and make sales. His humble beginnings have shaped the way he conducts business. He first joined Breslin Realty in 2001 at the age of 25, making him the youngest broker at the company. After five years, his dedication proved itself when he became the top producer, responsible for leading the company with a focus on business development, strategy, corporate finance, recruiting and corporate culture. By 2007, Jayson was pursued by CBRE to co-create the retail services group out of its Woodbury office. After four years, he decided to break out and start his own brokerage company. Sabre Real Estate Group currently represents some of the world’s most recognized brands and strives to help each client through achieving their short and long-term goals.
Episode 009, January 2, 2019
Ryan is a franchise development expert who has grown multiple franchise-based businesses into national and international brands. Ryan’s passion for franchising grew and developed from his entrepreneurial spirit. Ryan has vast experience in real estate, start-up financing, start-up franchising, franchise development, and the intricacies of growing and developing a brand. He is an avid franchise blogger with thousands of followers. He also serves as a franchise consultant and is a personal growth advocate.