Monday Morning Radio (successful entrepreneurs)
Doc Popcorn: The Irresistible Smell of Success (Buttered)

What could be more enticing than the smell of fresh, buttered popcorn?  How about the smell of success?

Entrepreneurs Renée and Rob Israel enjoy the aroma of both, as the founders of Doc Popcorn, a nationwide, rapidly growing chain of all-natural gourmet popcorn retail outlets.  

The Israels count on the smell of freshly popped popcorn to draw in impulse buyers, who are also encouraged to sample the merchandise. The formula works.

Renée is bursting with insights for other entrepreneurs, as she shares the story of Doc Popcorn's phenominal growth with Dean Rotbart and David Biondo on this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  30 min 44 secs
Photo:  Renée Israel, Doc Popcorn

Direct download: 040813_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_DocPopcorn.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:55pm MDT

WANTED POSTERS: Hendrix, Dylan, and The Greatful Dead: Andrew Hawley Hunts Down Rare Rock 'n Roll Posters

The Rolling Stones at Memorial Auditorium (1964). Jimmy Hendrix playing the HIC Arena in Honolulu in 1968.  The Grateful Dead at Trouper's Club in Los Angeles (1966).

Posters for these concerts and hundreds of others featuring rock 'n roll legends of the 1950s and 1960s were never intended to last. Which is why today's hardcore collectors will pay thousands of dollars to acquire the few concert promotions that have survived the decades. 

If you love the early pioneers of rock music, you won't want to miss this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio, featuring Andrew Hawley, a rock historian who makes his living trading vintage rock concert posters and related ephemera.   

Hawley's Vintage Rock Posters is a niche business, but one that reinforces the notion that personal passions and business savvy are not mutually exclusive.

By the way, Hawley will lay down some fast and serious cash if you've got the right memorabilia hanging around your garage or attic.  This show could be music to your ears.

Hawley is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time: 32 min 57 sec
Photo:  Host David Biondo (l) and Andrew Hawley with a Greatful Dead poster.


Investment Banker Turned Men's Salon Owner: Why A $15 Trim Just Doesn't Cut It In The Business World

Bill Chrismer makes his living making men look successful and advising them on how to "look the part."  Okay, so he's a barber.  But the former investment banker - yes you read that correctly - is no ordinary stylist.

In truth, he leaves the actual grooming to others.  But Bill and his Denver-based GQ Barber Lounge  - one of the first upscale male-specific salons in the country - do provide mens' haircuts, straight razor shaves, manicures, pedicures and hair removal.  It's all part of Bill's mission to help power brokers and would-be power brokers look and feel the part.

On this week's Monday Morning Radio, Bill details why that cheap $15 trim you currently opt for just doesn't cut it.  

Bill is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  28 min  25 sec
Photo:  Bill Chrismer, GQ Barber Lounge - Denver

Direct download: 031113_MondayMorningRadio_BUnRadio_Podcast_GQLounge.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:50pm MDT

Turning Bronze into Gold: Chris L. Tucker and His Allstar Casts

Innovator Chris Tucker had absolutely no experience in the art or sports collectibles worlds.  But he had an idea - to bronze the hands of famous athletes, including John Elway, Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino,Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson and Goose Gossage.

Tucker, a "Simultaneous Entrepreneur," teamed with artist Raelee Frazier, who perfected the method of making such life casts.

His company, Allstar Casts, is unique - creating museum-quality bronze life cast hands and selling them to private patrons, galleries, sports arenas and even The Smithsonian.

In this week's fast-paced Monday Morning Radio interview, Tucker traces his entrepreneurial journey and the lessons it offers to anyone who may lack experience, but has plenty of vision and drive. 

Chris is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, who along with wealth management expert David Biondo co-hosts the weekly Business Unconventional radio news magazine broadcast on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  20 min  23 sec
Photo:  Chris L. Tucker, Allstar Casts 

Direct download: 020413_MMR_BURadioPodcast_AllstarCasts.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:01pm MDT

 Toy Story: Shareworthy Customer Service Wrzesinski Style

Phil Wrzesinski owns and operates one of the world's most magical independent toy stores, named “one of the 25 best independent stores in America” in the book Retail Superstars. He teaches and consults retail businesses on how to raise the bar in everything from financials to customer service to hiring and training a staff that is a work of art.

Phil and Tim Miles will be teaching a two-day course at Wizard Academy that will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to raise your level of Customer Service to the point where your customers will want to brag about their terrific experience with you.

Hear Monday Morning Radio's recent interview with Tim Miles
Register for Phil and Tim's Wizard Academy class 

Phil is interviewed on Monday Morning Radio by fellow Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo.  The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  28 min  56 sec
Photo: Phil Wrzesinski, Toy House and Baby Too

Direct download: 123112_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_Toys.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:41pm MDT

 Car Heaven: Jack Farland Brings New Life to Some of the World's Greatest-Ever Cars and Trucks

Do you love classic cars?  Entrepreneur Jack Farland earns his living restoring some of the world's greatest automobiles to their original showroom condition: A 1962 Porsche Super 90; a 1960 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet; a 1970 Fiat Dino; and a 1941 Cadillac Series 61 - to mention only a few.

Farland, owner of Classic Restoration By Country Club - one of the nation's most respected classic restoration shops -  discusses the high-end restoration business and the business lessons he's learned from helping make client fantasies come true.

Farland is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.  Also joining the conversation is Jeff Wilson a small business expert and co-founder of LoomView Enterprises.  Wilson is a regular contributor to B. Unconventional

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo. The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  31 min 44 sec
Photo: Jack Farland and one of his recent restorations

Direct download: 122412_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_Farland.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:55pm MDT

Nathaniel Drew & the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra: Reinventing the Symphony with 21st Century Sensibilities

Entrepreneurial talent is not confined to conventional businesses.  Nathaniel Drew, this week's guest on Monday Morning Radio, is combining his musical talents with his business instincts to grow his Salt Lake Pops Studio Orchestra into a global Internetphenomenon.  You will learn a lot by listening to Nathaniel - not to mention enjoying his music immensely.  

Drew is interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio and serve as co-hosts in cooperation with Business Unconventional on 710 KNUS AM in Denver. 

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo. The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  37 min 51 sec
Photo: Nathaniel Drew

Direct download: 121712_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_SaltLakePops.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:00pm MDT

The Master of 'Media Bypass' Is Back With Cranberry Newswire

David McInnis, Wizard Academy faculty member and benefactor, revolutionized the news release industry when he founded PRWeb.  Now, McInnis is back with another forward-thinking company - Cranberry Newswire - that takes the concept of 'Media Bypass' to the next level.  

Media Bypass allows small business owners and entrepreneurs to navigate around news media gatekeepers - distributing their carefully crafted stories directly to existing and potential customers.  Unlike conventional news releases, the stories appearing on Cranberry Newswire have been professionally researched, reported and written by veteran journalists.  

That means customers and other readers will actually want to read about the companies, services and organizations featured on Cranberry Newswire.

McInnis's partner in Cranberry Newswire is veteran, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Dean Rotbart, a fellow Wizard Academy faculty member.   

Rotbart and David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur, produce Monday Morning Radio in cooperation with their weekly radio newsmagazine, Business Unconventional, which airs each Sunday morning at 8:05 a.m. (Mountain) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo. The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  30 min  47 sec
Photo: David McInnis, Co-Founder, Cranberry Newswire


Direct download: 121012_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_McInnis.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:06am MDT

World Long Drive Champ Ryan Winther and Max Muscle's Mark Sarale Talk Sports Marketing

Sports marketing is huge.  But getting it right is no layup.  

On this week's edition of Monday Morning Radio, we go behind the story of one successful sports marketing partnership, between 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Ryan Winther and his earliest and most ardent sponsor, Mark Sarale, a regional director at Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in Northern California.

Early on, Sarale and Max Muscle generously supplied their sports nutrition expertise and powerful proven supplements to Winther, who with their backing rose rapidly to the top of his sport.  "That moment changed my life," Winther says of the first time he walked into one of Sarale's Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Store located in Sacremento.

Three months later, Winther, who once aspired to a career as a professional baseball player, broke the golf ball speed record with a swing that sent the ball rocketing 402 years at 237 miles per hour.

Winther talks about how the lessons of golf success can be applied to the business world.  And, importantly, what other business owners should know before they hook up with an athlete in pursuit of a marketing championship.

Monday Morning Radio is hosted by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart and by David Biondo, a veteran financial planner and successful entrepreneur. Rotbart and Biondo produce Monday Morning Radio in cooperation with their weekly radio newsmagazine, Business Unconventional, which airs each Sunday morning at 8:05 a.m. (Mountain) on 710 KNUS AM in Denver.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo. The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  44 min  56 sec
Photo: Ryan Winther, 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion


Direct download: 112612_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_Winther.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:44pm MDT

'Creative' Accounting Transforms Boring Bookkeeping into Profitable Business Intelligence

Wizard Academy helps business owners and entrepreneurs discover the science in every art.  In its unconventional classes, which draw creative men and women from around the world, the goal is to demonstrate step-by-step how to do consciously what gifted people do instinctively.

In the generally unglamorous world of bookkeeping and accounting, Jeff and Jake Wilson are two such gifted visionaries.  The Wilsons, a father-son duo, look at the same tedious numbers that other bookkeepers and accountants crunch, only the Wilsons spot opportunities for profits and positive change that typically go undetected.

The Wilsons, cofounders of LoomView.com, are this week’s guests on Monday Morning Radio, produced in cooperation with 710 KNUS AM’s Business Unconventional, the weekly radio newsmagazine airing each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. in Denver and is streamed simultaneously around the world at www.710KNUS.com.

While Jeff, a Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized business coach, son Jake comes to the task as someone trained in an entirely unrelated field – architectural design. 

Building a successful business is similar to building a great structure, Jake explains.  “If you don’t know where the beams are, if you don’t know what the foundation is made of, and if it’s not constructed properly, it will not be able to hold up and perform.”

The Wilsons are interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member and graduate Dean Rotbart.  Rotbart, along with David Biondo, serve as cohosts of Business Unconventional.  Jeff Wilson is a regular contributor to the broadcast radio program.

Be sure to follow B. Unconventional on Twitter: @BUnRadio and subscribe to Roy H. Williams's Monday Morning Memo. The best things in life really are free!

Monday Morning Radio - Run Time:  24 min 16 sec

Photo: Jake (l) and Jeff Wilson (r), LoomView CoFounders

Direct download: 111212_MMR_BUnRadio_Podcast_LoomView.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:20pm MDT