Entrepreneurs and Artists on #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Carl Gould, G. Frank Meekins, Josh Vietti, and Bob Johnston

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Opening up today’s program was Carl Gould, #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon and a business growth expert who advises organizations to get to the next level. He is an entrepreneur who built three multi-million dollar businesses by age 40. His consulting firm has mentored the launch of over five thousand businesses in 35 countries, and his team of mentor coaches has conducted over 75,000 sessions with entrepreneurs and executives worldwide. He has advised over 100 of the Inc. 500/5000 Fastest-Growing Companies. For the past two decades, Carl Gould has served as a coach and mentor to entrepreneurs around the world. An acclaimed author, speaker and advisor to some of the most influential organizations in the world (both small and large), Carl has recognized as the foremost authority on closing the gap between where you are now and where you ultimately wish to end up. Carl and Jamie discussed how the recent vote by Britain to leave the European Union would impact business owners. With the expectation that many businesses will fall apart due to this, the market will see an increased in upper level managerial talent, of which many will become solo entrepreneurs. Carl shares with us some incredible statistics showing how our cultures are moving towards more entrepreneurism and is a central factor in why Jamie does the program each morning because of this movement in our economy. Carl shares with us some of the takeaways from his new book “Biz Dev Done Right” available here http://bizdevdonerightbook.com/ including one of the takeaways he discussed on the program which is coming in #2 in sales is not good and is the first loser. The book covers many tips for entrepreneurs both large and small and you can learn more about Carl at www.carlgould.com!


At 7:30, we welcomed G. Frank Meekins. Originally from Boston, Frank moved to Tampa in 1998 and since that time, has worked with many local high school and community theatre groups throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.  He musically directed NTP’s first production, They’re Playing Our Song, in addition to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Music Man, Camelot, Annie, Pippin, She Loves Me, and directed and musically directed NTP’s productions of A Grand Night for Singing – Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical Revue, The Sound of Music, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and last summer’s production of Mary Poppins.  He is musically directing this production of Beauty and the Beast and was recently named Artistic Director of New Tampa Players. The New Tampa Players was formed by a group of talented and experienced people to establish a community theatre group in the New Tampa area. The New Tampa Players’ focus is to provide its members and the community the opportunity to participate in the exciting process of bringing the best in dramatic and musical productions to the stage. Jamie and Frank discussed their upcoming production of The Beauty and The Beast which will kick off on July 29th through August 7th and through their partnership with The University Area Community Development Corporation, their plays will be at 14013 N 22nd St in Tampa at their Cultural Center. Tickets are available online at www.newtampaplayers.org so get them asap before it’s too late!

At 8am, we continued the artistic theme with Josh Vietti, Pop / Violin Musical Artist. He checked in with us from California and is a rapidly rising musical star and incorporates rock beats and hip hop styles with the violin for a very unique sound. His performances are highly interactive with the audience and Vietti has played the violin since the age of four. When he was seven years old he received a violin scholarship with virtuoso Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and studied with him for over ten years. He has appeared in an NBA All-Star commercial, performed live on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown, and on celebrity planner wedding planner David Tutera’s hit TV show CELEBrations on WEtv. He has also performed live at Dodger Stadium several times. Additionally, Vietti has performed for Michael Jordan, Les Moonves, Julie Chen, Bruce Ramer, Jerry Weintraub, Dave and Charles Koch and TX Governor, Rick Perry. Jamie shared two of his YouTube videos on the air and online and the two tracks had incredible uniqueness and sound. The tracks were “See You Again” (Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth) and can be found here https://youtu.be/DXoj5KIyJSo and “Best Things in Life” (An original song I wrote feat. vocalist Kelvin Armstrong) found here https://youtu.be/-5JAjlIcX14 Josh is also actively looking for a new manager and agent. If you have any referrals, pass them along to him. He is currently making a jump from one level to the next and has a few deals on the table and needs someone to connect the dots. He has performed in an ESPN commercial, NBA, at Dodger Stadium, on Ellen, for Michael Jordan, have opened for Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire and Justin Moore. Call him at (714) 904-6872 and help him on YouTube as well by subscribing to his channel www.youtube.com/jvietti

At 8:30, Bob Johnston, CEO of FrontBurner joined the #MorningDiscussion. FrontBurner is the parent company of the well-known brand, The Melting Pot which has national reach and is based here in Tampa Bay. FrontBurner is expanding in the area to include a consulting division which will work with other business owners on how to expand and / or franchise their existing models, something that Bob has done a tremendous job on. Starting out as a dishwasher with the company at age 14, Bob went on to purchase the company with his brothers and work his way up to the CEO. Today, the Melting Pot has hundreds of locations and is a fondue restaurant with table side entertainment and preparation that appeals to consumers of all types. He speaks of the acquisition of the company and how at just age 21, he was essentially clueless on running a business. They expanded slowly but growth was stunted in the late 80s and it was then that he and his brothers came together for a close, personal look at the business to find out why they were not growing. They concluded the problem lied within themselves and developed a set of what is now 12 principles on growth and development within the business. That resulted in strong growth and still guides the company to this day. After the recent recession, the company is again in growth mode establishing a consulting division and opening more restaurants locations and they just opened up a new headquarters here in Tampa. The new design, inspired, by Millennials, was also a topic of discussion in this closing segment. Bob represents the pinnacle of entrepreneurship and is a class act, giving back to the community through their relationship with St. Jude’s Hospital of which he also discusses on the program. Be sure to visit a Melting Pot today for a fun, engaging experience and learn more about their brand at www.frontburnerbrands.com!

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Carl Gould (Small)G. Frank Meekins (Small)Josh Vietti (Small)Bob Johnston (Small)

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