I was in business for 18 years and can humbly admit to a modicum of success in business. If you are in business -- especially small business -- you owe it to yourself to check out "Legends of Success With John Resnick." The link will take you to the Legends of Success website, but actually the heart of Mr. Resnick's endeavor is a weekly radio show which consists of John Resnick interviewing the most remarkable entrepreneurs on the planet.
Jack Welch, Legendary CEO of General Electric, is one of Mr. Resnick's more high-powered and frequent guests. Welch and his wife Suzy are pictured above with John Resnick in the Welch home in Boston prior to Jack's recent appearance on Legends Of Success.
As interesting and insightful as Jack Welch is, I find that the most valuable guests are entrepreneurs who started out small -- or with nothing at all -- and turned their hard work and ideas into multi-million dollar businesses. Recently, John interviewed John Schnatter, Founder & Chairman of Papa John's Pizza. Talk about one cool guy who turned a hole in the wall pizza kitchen into a hugely successful corporation!
Resnick's recent interview with David Oreck, Founder and Chairman of the Oreck Corporation was also fantastic. Oreck started with little more with an idea and chutzpah. His story is remarkable.
Did you ever wonder how a huge internet company like PETCO got its start, or how an entrepreneur with moxie and foresight turned a bicycle messenger service into the venerable giant, UPS, or how an accountant turned his small business into the payroll giant Paychex, Inc.? You'll find out by listening to Legends of Success.
I bet you didn't know that Dick Van Patten, the TV actor famous for his role as Tom Bradford on "Eight is Enough," is a dynamic and inventive founder of a fast-growing company called: Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
All of these fascinating individuals told their stories to Resnick on his radio show. In my area the show airs on Sundays mornings. Please check your local listings (or Google it) and catch Resnick's next show. The best part is that some of Resnick's past shows are archived on the linked website. The show featuring Michelle Peluso, President & CEO of Travelocity, is archived on the Legends of Success home page. I promise it will knock your socks off.
What makes Resnick's show so interesting and valuable?
His guests reveal the secrets of their success. Simple as that. All you have to do is listen and learn. I promise the "secrets" revealed are simple and easy to understand AND they work!!!!
Today's guest was Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX, the ladies' undergarment company.
How Sara Blakely of Spanx Turned $5,000 into $1 billion.
I hope Resnick archives the show featuring Ms. Blakely. It is one of his best yet. This woman had an idea and wouldn't take "no" for an answer. Her unstoppable personality and tenacity come through in the Forbes article. I'll elaborate on her "secrets" of success in a followup post, along with some "secrets" of my own.
Below is a list of guests that have appeared on Resnick's fabulous radio show. But first, here's some more pictures of the youngest person ever to make Forbe's list of billionaires!
Here is a list of business geniuses that have appeared on "Legends of Success:"
|Jack Welch |
Legendary CEO of General Electric
|Steve ForbesForbes, Inc., President & CEO |
Forbes Magazine, Editor-In-Chief Forbes Magazine
|William Lauder, CEO The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.|
Evelyn H. Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President
|Bernie MarcusThe Home Depot, Co-Founder |
The Marcus Foundation, Chairman
|William Randolph Hearst, IIIHearst Corporation|
Howard Schultz, Chairman
|Jerry Lewis |
|Walter Cronkite |
|Eli Broad, Founder/ChairmanThe Broad Foundation |
|Jon M. Huntsman, Founder & ChairmanHuntsman Corporation|
|Denis Abrams, President & CEOBenjamin Moore & Co. |
A Berkshire Hathaway Company
|Patrick J. McGovern, Chairman |
International Data Group
|Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chairman of the Board |
|Robert J. Herbold, Retired Executive Vice President & COO |
|Michelle Peluso, President & CEO Travelocity|
|Chris Sullivan, Founder |
S. Truett Cathy, Founder & Chairman
Dan T. Cathy, President & COO
|Johnny Carrabba, Founder |
Carrabba's Italian Grill
|Walter Anderson, Chairman & CEOParade Publications|
|Ed McMahon |
Television and Radio Legend
Creator of "I Dream Of Jeannie"
|Bernie Brillstein, Founding Partner |
|Pierre Cossette, Producer |
The Grammy Awards
|Kent "Oz" Nelson, Chairman & CEO |
|L. Lowry Mays, Chairman/CEO |
Clear Channel Communications
|Jimmy Carter |
Former U.S. President
|Leon Gorman, Chairman L.L. Bean, Inc.|
|John Schnatter, Founder & Chairman |
Papa John's Pizza
|David Neeleman, Founder & CEO |
|R. Michael MondaviFolio Fine Wine Partners, Founder |
Robert Mondavi Winery, Former Chairman of the Board
|James Parker, Former CEO |
Jonathan Tisch, Chairman & CEO
|John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder & President |
John Paul Mitchell Systems
|Richard M. Schulze, Founder & Chairman |
Best Buy Co., Inc.
|Ron Shaw, Former President & CEO |
Pilot Pen Corporation
|George A. Cloutier, Chairman & CEO |
American Management Services
Profits Aren't Everything, They're The Only Thing, Author
|Roger Berkowitz, President & CEOLegal Seafoods, Inc.|
|Sara Blakely, Founder |
|Danny Wegman, CEOWegmans Food Markets|
|Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO |
The Kaplan Thaler Group, Ltd.
| George Duke, Co-Owner & Chairman Zippo Lighters/Zippo Manufacturing |
|Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO1-800-GOT-JUNK?|
|George SchlatterLegendary TV Producer|
| Richard Thalheimer, Founder, Chairman & CEOThe Sharper Image |
|Tommy Lasorda, Sr. Vice PresidentSpecial Assistant to the Chairman |
Los Angeles Dodgers
|William Rosenberg, Founder |
International Franchise Association
|Paul Orfalea, Founder |
|George Shapiro |
Legendary Talent Manager
Seinfeld, Executive Producer
|William J. Gilbane, Jr., President & COOGilbane Building Company|
|Bobbi Brown, CEOBobbi Brown Cosmetics|
|James F. McCann, Founder & CEO |
|James H. Amos, Jr. Mail Boxes Etc., Chairman Emeritus |
Tasti D-Lite LLC, Chairman & CEO
|William Austin |
Starkey Laboratories, CEO
The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Founder
|Arthur Agatston, MD, Creator The South Beach Diet|
|Robert Shapiro, Esq. |
|Robert Macauley, Founder |
|Ellen Gordon, President |
Tootsie-Roll Industries, Inc.
|Howard Henschel, President & CEO |
Norman's Hallmark Group
|Kenneth Feld, Chairman & CEO |
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; Siegfried & Roy; Disney on Ice
| Judge Joe Brown/Judge & Television Show Host Judge Joe Brown |
|Alex Spanos, Owner |
NFL's San Diego Chargers
A.G. Spanos Companies
|Leo Hindery, Jr. |
InterMedia Partners, Managing Partner
AT&T Broadband, Former CEO
|B. Thomas Golisano, Founder & Chairman |
|Steve Sheetz, Chairman |
|Stanton Sheetz, CEO |
|Robert Schober, Founder |
Super-Dog Pet Food Company
|William F. "Rick" Cronk, Retired PresidentEdy's Ice Cream|
|Knight A. Kiplinger, Editor-in-Chief,The Kiplinger LetterKiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine KiplingerForecasts.com|
|Derek C. Hathaway, Chairman & CEO Harsco Corporation|
|Richard H. Lenny, Chairman, President & CEO |
Hershey Foods Corporation
| Rocco Ortenzio, Executive Chairman |
Robert Ortenzio, CEO
Select Medical Corporation
|Jim Perdue, Chairman |
Perdue Farms Incorporated
|Maria Rodale, Vice Chairman of the Board |
| Warren Cowan |
Warren Cowan & Associates, Chairman
Rogers & Cowan, Co-Founder
|Miguel Forbes, V.P. of Business Development Forbes, Inc|
|Peter Newcomb, Senior Editor Forbes Magazine|
|Professor John A. Davis |
Harvard Business School
|John Eldred, Co-Founder |
Wharton School’s Family Business Program
University of Pennsylvania
Transition One Associates, Founder
|John Mackey, Founder & Chairman |
Whole Foods Market
|Dick Van Patten, Founder |
Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.
|Dr. Robert H. Schuller Crystal Cathedral|
|Brian Devine, Chairman PETCO|
| Michael Rice, CEO |
Jane Rice, Vice President of Public Relations
Utz Quality Foods, Inc.
|Ross Born, Co-CEO |
Just Born, Inc.
|David Shaffer, Co-CEO Just Born, Inc.|
|Anne Beiler, Founder & CEO |
Auntie Anne's Pretzels
|David Oreck, Founder and Chairman |
|Paul Dowling, Creator & Executive Producer |
Forensic Files Television Program
|Ed Friendly, Executive Producer/Creator |
Little House On The Prairie Television Series
|Roy Clair, II, President |
|David M. Ritz, Chairman & CEO |
Ritz Camera Centers, Inc.
|George Parmer, Founder |
Residential Warranty Corporation
Fine Line Homes Incorporated
|Howard Henschel, President & CEO |
Norman's Hallmark Group
|Steve Zuckerman, President/ Co-FounderIan Ruzow, Vice President/Co-Founder |
Bob Zuckerman, Secretary/Treasurer/Co-FounderClipper Magazine Inc.
|Charles "Tremendous" JonesAn American InspirationExecutiveBooks.com|
|Tami Longaberger, President & CEOThe Longaberger Company|
|Nell Newman, Director |
Newman’s Own Organics
|Gary Heavin, Founder & CEO Curves International, Inc.|
|John Davis, Founder, Chairman and CEO |
Davis Entertainment Co.
Stone Canyon Venture Partners, LP , Managing Director