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Oct. 1, 2020

#74 Mark Hawthorne, Former CEO at McDonald's and GYG, on why convenie…

There’s often a big stigma behind fast food and QSR, but it’s the best way to be the biggest in the world. As former colleagues, I was super excited to catch up with Mark Hawthorne, Former CEO at McDonald's and …

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Sept. 24, 2020

#73 David Klaasen, Founder of Talent 4 Performance, on Self-Leadership

With this ongoing crisis, leaders need to develop new skills, such as compassion and a growth mindset, to navigate and rebuild this new landscape. When you feel safe within yourself as a leader, this projects to the rest of y...

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Sept. 17, 2020

#72 Edd Heller, Founder of The Ethicurean Guild, and 100,000 meals fo…

Edd Heller joined the hospitality industry late in life – just six years ago. Since then he’s proven to be a real maverick by running the Ethicurean Guild, which cooks delicious food from small farms and producers in other pe...

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Sept. 11, 2020

Coming Back Stronger Episode 9 with CEO Dan Brookman of Airship & Tog…

In this episode, Michael talks with experienced operator and tech CEO Dan Brookman of Airship & Toggle. Two platforms that enable operators to engage customers by generating pre-sold revenue and recency and frequency of visit...

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Sept. 10, 2020

#71 Mark Smith, Founder of Double Up Social, on Telling Your Story

There’s a story behind every business, and it’s an area a lot of us neglect to fully communicate with our consumer. So how do we best tell our story? To find out, I catch up with Mark Smith, Founder and …

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Sept. 3, 2020

#70 Drew Brown, MD of Dominion Hospitality, on Diversifying Hotels

The hotel industry has faced a big shake up since the outbreak. Now two months after reopening, MD of Dominion Hospitality Drew Brown joins the show to share how technology has helped drive behavioural change for the regional...

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Aug. 27, 2020

#69 Zoey Henderson, Founder of Fungtn, on the Conscious Consumer

Back by popular demand, Zoey Henderson has worked closely with hospitality brands to be healthier and more sustainable. During lockdown, she launched her own low alcohol beer Fungtn. I caught up with Zoey to learn more about ...

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Aug. 20, 2020

#68 Tom Lionetti-Maguire, Founder of Little Lion, on Human Experiences

With a background in theatre and acting, today’s guest Tom Lionetti-Maguire fell in love with the immersive piece. In 2013 he launched Little Lion Entertainment, and operates the likes of The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience. The...

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Aug. 14, 2020

#67 Changing the industry business model with Rob Liddiard, CEO Yapst…

We don’t have the answers yet, but we need to ask the right questions in order to navigate through the pandemic. What’s clear is that the hospitality business model of low profit margins needs to change. Today’s special episo...

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Aug. 7, 2020

#66 Ali Aneizi, Founder of Tamweel Capital, Being an investor during…

We’re going to take a different view of the hospitality industry today – through the eyes of investment. Today’s guest is Ali Aneizi, a M+A and Private Equity specialist, and founder of Tamweel Capital – an investment advisor...

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July 31, 2020

#65 Upskilling for the future with Caitlyn O'Loughlin, Facilitator fo…

What do successful leaders look like over the next few months? To get to the heart of this, Michael catches up with leadership expert Caitlyn O'Loughlin to dissect how most often it’s the simple things that stick. As Leadersh...

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July 24, 2020

#64 Taking stock from down under with Shaun de Vries, Founder & Direc…

As Victoria, Australia is in its second week of its second lockdown, Michael catches up with hospitality expert Shaun de Vries to see his current outlook of the hospitality industry. With over 23 years experience in hospitali...

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July 17, 2020

#63 Setting yourself a long-term mindset with Joshua Kopel, Chief Exe…

Facing repeat openings and closings in LA, it’s been a tough time for so many restaurant owners. But it’s given today’s guest some serious thinking time about the kind of life he wants to live. For too long, the hospitality …

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July 15, 2020

Coming Back Stronger Episode 8 with Patrick Gray, Head of Operations …

In this episode, Michael has Head of Operations for The Athenian Patrick Gray as a guest. Patrick has a lifetime of experience from many great brands like Bill's Restaurants, Boston Tea Party and many more. The Athenian was b...

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July 10, 2020

#62 Leading with radical acceptance with Dr Vikki Barnes, Clinical ps…

Following months of being on “soldier mode”, we’ve all experienced overwhelm during the Covid-19 crisis. Now more than ever we need to be taking care of ourselves. Michael catches up with clinical psychologist Dr Vikki Barnes...

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July 3, 2020

#61 The Power of Storytelling with Amy Ogden, Founder of The Collecti…

In this episode, Michael talks with Amy Ogden. Amy is based in New York City and matches world-class hospitality brands of all sizes with best-in-class agency partners in the areas of digital marketing, web, SEO, paid search,...

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July 1, 2020

Coming Back Stronger Episode 7 with Paul Hooker, Operations Director …

In this episode, we have Operations Director Paul Hooker from Boston Tea Party as a guest. The Boston Tea Party is a purpose-driven cafe operator with 24 units across the South-West of England. Paul has more than 20 years of …

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June 25, 2020

#60 Join The Dots with Martin Johnson, Founder of YourBigPic

In the episode, Michael have a great friend and colleague of his as a guest. Michael knew it would be an out of the box experience, and as you will hear very different than a normal podcast conversation. Martin is …

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June 24, 2020

Coming Back Stronger Episode 6 with Joshua Jarvis, Founder and Co-Own…

In this episode, Michael talks with Joshua Jarvis the Co-founder of Wing Shack Co - a QSR concept with 3 units from London. They talked about how the pandemic has impacted Wing Shack Co and how they quickly transformed into …

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June 18, 2020

#59 The Rebirth of the Hotel industry with Davonne Reaves, Founder of…

In this episode, Michael will be talking with Davonne Reaves who is the founder of The Vonne Group in Atlanta - A co-author and hospitality consultancy specialising in travel market research, asset and operational management,...

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June 17, 2020

Coming Back Stronger Episode 5 with Yazz Abdulla, CEO and Founder of …

Coming Back Stronger is a special edition podcast series focusing on the way food and drinks businesses are bouncing back as the world slowly starts to re-open from COVID-19. We will especially share great stories on how prog...

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June 11, 2020

#58 The Power of Flexible Staffing with Scott Erwin, Founder and CEO …

In this episode, we talk with Scott Erwin Founder and CEO of HIre Hand - a tech company that helps companies to staff more flexibly. Prior to Hire Hand Scott work with McKinsey specialising in workforce planning. We talked ab...

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June 10, 2020

Coming Back Stronger Episode 4 with Rob Kidd

in this episode, our guest is Rob Kidd, a management consultant and expert in hospitality technology. Rob and Michael talk about how tech is changing the hospitality industry, how progressive operators are using tech to survi...

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June 4, 2020

#57 Every Decision is a Brand Decision with Fritz Mesenbrink and Jere…

In this episode, I’m talking with the founders of OMFGCO Fritz Mesenbrink and Jeremy Pelley. They run a brand and interior design studio in Portland USA and is doing a lot of work with progressive hospitality and restaurant b...

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