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Founders Stories

Founders Stories

By Brian Scudamore
A show about ordinary people on a journey to build their own exceptional businesses.

Host Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, is on a mission to uncover the founders stories of some of our most inspiring people – from the decisions that lead them to take the leap, to the celebrations and lessons that follow.
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Sami's Story: This is a Tech Company That Does Painting
In her previous life, Sami Martinez was the interior designer everyone sent their "difficult customers" to. Today, as a Franchise Partner, she's proven that she's as tough as nails as she is generous: over the years, she's fostered over 30 kids. How does she do it all? Hear her story on how she took her background in interior design and created an amazing value-add for her customers.
17:09
October 13, 2021
Jon's Episode: Do You Believe in Heroes?
Jon Barrows came from the franchise world, so when he discovered WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, he saw an opportunity to get in at the ground level. But from Day 1, Jon knew it was never about painting. It was about changing peoples' lives.
18:37
October 13, 2021
Mike's Story: It Was a Gut Check
Mike Sandness was 49 years old and climbing the corporate America ladder when he asked to be packaged out. Why? Because sometimes in life, you just need to listen to your gut. Today, Mike is known for his exceptional customer reviews. What's his secret? You'll have to listen to find out!
13:42
October 13, 2021
Zach's Story: The Golden Handcuffs
When Zach Tyler was unexpectedly let go from a cushy job, he didn't let it get him down. Instead, he decided that it was time to dive into the next chapter of his life: entrepreneurship. Learn how this former Rookie of the Year built a business that has exceeded his wildest expectations.
21:33
September 16, 2021
Andrew and Yvonne's Story: One Happy Family, Two Happy Brands
Husband and wife duo Andrew and Yvonne De Boer partnered in life long before they decided to partner in business. Find out how they make it work, how they deal with challenges, and ultimately why they wouldn't trade it for anything.
19:06
September 16, 2021
Alex's Story: Freedom Within a Framework
Meet Alex Blackwell, Shack Shine's 2020 Rookie of the Year. Alex credits his drive and focus on having to overcome a severe speech impediment when he was younger. Decades later, he's proven to himself (and others!) that nothing can stop you from living your dreams. Learn why he got into franchising, and how he plans to leave a legacy for his children and grandchildren.
18:53
September 16, 2021
Tom's Story: We're Creating Millionaires
Tom Rypma was one of the first Franchise Partners to join 1-800-GOT-JUNK?; today, he is one of the most successful owners in the history of the brand. Here's his franchise story (plus how he crossed paths with his hero Wayne Gretzky!)
22:24
September 16, 2021
Jamie's Story: 'Superheroes Wanted... Civilians Will Be Considered'
When Jamie Gold moved to the U.S. to run a junk business in California, she saw it as a great opportunity for a couple of years, before she returned to pursuing a career in medicine. Instead, she built a home services empire.  This is her story.
21:56
November 26, 2019
Andrew's Story: 'The Perfect Storm'
Andrew Wilson ran a franchise throughout two deployments to Afghanistan, before moving into the moving business – and experienced the kind of positive change most people can only dream about. This is his story. 
26:15
November 19, 2019
Darryl's Story: 'I Wanted To Be A Doctor'
Darryl Karpel traded a future in medicine for a chance to build the largest painting franchise in the O2E Brands system… at just 26 years old. This is his story.
15:14
November 12, 2019
Josh's Story: 'What Is This Guy Doing Here?'
Some people are born with the entrepreneur gene, and Josh Herron is one of those people. But how did he go from selling snow cones to running a $30m dollar empire? This is his story.
21:58
October 28, 2019
Ethan's Story: 'Why Can't You Do A Million Next Year?'
When Ethan Brooks’ first business - a window cleaning enterprise - failed, he didn’t give up. Instead he used those lessons to drive him, and discovered the perfect fit as the owner of a Shack Shine franchise. This is his story.
24:49
September 30, 2019
Jocelyn's Story: 'I Don't Know How But I Want To Move There'
How does surprising a homesick brother end up in someone moving to a completely new country, and starting a junk hauling business? 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Franchise Partner Jocelyn Gold did just that, and this is her story.
27:28
September 30, 2019
What is Founders Stories?
A show about ordinary people on a journey to build their own exceptional businesses.  Host Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, is on a mission to uncover the founders stories of some of our most inspiring people – from the decisions that lead them to take the leap, to the celebrations and lessons that follow. Listen to this trailer and find out more! 
00:44
September 24, 2019