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Critical Mass Business Talk Show | Orange County‘s Longest-Running Business Talk Show | Hosted by Ric Franzi

Ric Franzi | Critical Mass Business Talk Show

We interview solopreneurs to entrepreneurs who are running firms with up to $100 million in revenue. We discuss the real-world topics you are dealing with every day. Learn how other executives have figured out how to overcome them.
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Monica Challingsworth, President of Eustress & Demeter (Episode 1336)
Yesterday
27 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Leigh Lester, Founder of Ubuntu Institute of Learning (Episode 1335)
Leigh Lester is the Founder & Executive Director of Ubuntu Institute of Learning, an international training organization focused on social justice issues ranging from Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging to Entrepreneurship to Affordable Housing.  As a trainer, consultant, educator, public speaker, serial ideator, and occasionally a coach, Leigh is always a positive force for her clients and co-conspirators. She is active in her community of Long Beach, She serves on a national Board of Directors for industry and nonprofit organizations. Her passion is service. She focuses that passion in affordable housing, under-invested entrepreneurship programs and/or diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives.   Known for her ability to break big ideas into bite-sized pieces, Leigh’s magic powers include public speaking, training, schmoozing, collaborating and totally out-of-the-box ideation.  With over 20+ years industry experience, her main focus now is helping others create the right action steps to solve their problems.  Her approach is hands-on, practical application focused on outcomes, steeped in years of personal experience. As the one minority in the room for many years, she puts her experience to use affecting policy at the national level. She serves on the board of a national appraisal organization, a member of the advisory board for the Ashoka-Brookings Partnership Initiative: Valuing Homes in Black-Majority Neighborhoods, an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Navigator with Forward Cities Initiative in Long Beach, California and she serves as a Global Advisor with How Women Lead, a Bay Area leadership network that brings together influential women in an inclusive and highly supportive community to connect, learn, and promote the voices of all women and propel their leadership forward. In this edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show, Leigh Lester joins host Ric Franzi to discuss her leadership of the Ubuntu Institute of Learning, as well as her latest initiative, Launch Long Beach. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County.
Yesterday
21 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Ronald Stein, Founder of PTS Advance (Episode 1334)
Ronald Stein, P.E. is an engineer and Founder of PTS Advance, a California-based company. Founded in 1995 by Ronald & June Stein, Principal Technical Services (PTS) was designed to meet a gap in the market. Client organizations were seeking greater transparency and flexibility as they contracted specialized talent to augment key roles in their organizations. As a project manager in the industry, Ronald knew first-hand that success relied upon attracting and retaining great candidates with a full compensation package, including PTO and medical benefits – an approach not common for typical engineering staffing services in the ’90s.  The PTS team subsequently delivered a best-in-class service to both the client and candidate as the premier contingent workforce management partner for the California Energy & Infrastructure market. Now known as PTS Advance, the company is building on past successes and expanding the quality of service they offer to a nationwide list of clients and candidates in the Energy & Infrastructure and Life Sciences industries. Ronald is a co-author of three books that focus on energy literacy: Just GREEN Electricity, Energy Made Easy, and his latest book Clean Energy Exploitations, which is nominated for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize competition in the General Nonfiction category.  Ronald is an internationally published columnist and energy consultant who writes frequently about all aspects of energy and economics, is a National TV Commentator- Energy & Infrastructure with Rick Amato, and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. Over the last decade, Ronald has become the private business spokesperson for the energy and infrastructure industries. He is an energy consultant who writes frequently about all aspects of energy and economics. Through his more than 250 published Op Ed articles, he provides education for citizens as to what and why the energy infrastructures are the primary infrastructures that truly drive the worlds’ economies.  At the 2018 Western State Petroleum Association (WSPA) Annual Conference, Ron was awarded the “President’s Award for his Tireless Efforts Protecting and Promoting a Vibrant Oil and Gas Industry in the West”. The November 2018 Press release that appeared on Yahoo Finance: “Recognizing Greatness in the Oil and Gas Industry” was shared with 17 million viewers.  Ron joins Critical Mass Business Talk Show host Ric Franzi to discuss his firm PTS Advance, his thought leadership in the energy sector, and his success as an author. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County.
1w ago
23 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Steve Reinharz, CEO of  Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc (AITX) & Robotic Assistance Devices (Episode 1333)
Steve Reinharz is the CEO of Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., (OTCPK:AITX) and Founder and CEO of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD).  Mr. Reinharz is a proven and seasoned leader in the physical security industry with nearly 25 years of experience holding various roles in multiple disciplines. Reinharz has led RAD to create and launch a successful line of artificial intelligence-powered solutions specifically developed for the guarding and concierge industries.  Mr. Reinharz’s experience is multi-faceted in that he’s started and ran his own security integration company from the age of 24 to 31, becoming one of California’s premier system integrator. Subsequently, Mr. Reinharz was part of a team that successfully sold an integrator to a global security firm for $42 million and has held various other industry roles. Mr. Reinharz speaks and contributes to panels at ISC East and West, and ASIS. Mr. Reinharz is a leading member of several industry association committees, mostly through the Security Industry Association. Mr. Reinharz credits almost two years of work performed for the LAPD as the basis for many of the technological innovations he has launched. Mr. Reinharz’ LAPD work was enabled by Captain (III) Charlie Beck who later went on to be LAPD’s Chief for 9 years. ‘Force-multiplication’ has been a hallmark of Mr. Reinharz’ career. Specifically using technology to expand and improve client security. Mr. Reinharz oversees all aspects of AITX and the three RAD subsidiaries (RAD-I, RAD-M and RAD-G). As CEO of RAD, Reinharz leverages his extensive knowledge and interest in robotics and artificial intelligence to design and develop robotic solutions that increase business efficiency and deliver cost savings. RAD is an innovator in the delivery of artificial intelligence-based solutions that empower organizations to gain new insight, solve complex challenges, and fuel new business ideas. Through its next-generation robotic product offerings, RAD can help organizations streamline operations, increase ROI, and strengthen their business. RAD robotics technologies improve the simplicity and economics of patrolling and guard services and allows experienced personnel to focus on more strategic tasks. Customers augment the capabilities of existing staff and gain higher levels of situational awareness, all at drastically reduced cost. RAD robotic solutions are well suited for use in multiple industries such as enterprises, government, transportation, critical infrastructure, education, and healthcare. Steve Reinharz joins Ric Franzi on Critical Mass Business Talk Show to discuss his firm RAD, and his leadership insights as CEO. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Jan 5 2022
24 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Andy Nguyen, Co-Founder of Afters Ice Cream (Episode 1332)
Food Network describes Andy Nguyen, co-founder of Afters Ice Cream, as the "mash-up king in the food industry," and it's his unorthodox approach and insights into modern branding, marketing, and "how to get your grind on" that has set him apart from the rest. With other 25 locations (and more to come), Afters Ice Cream has been both an entrepreneurial and social media phenomenon with thousands of people turning up for their store openings/events. And that’s only one of the many restaurant concepts Andy and his team have started. Other ventures include: Dough & Arrow, Trill Burgers, Hello Kitty Cafe Vegas, Matte Black Coffee, Rodeo 39, and more.  While Andy has reshaped the new age F&B industry, his journey to becoming a serial restaurateur wasn't easy... Like many entrepreneurs, Andy and school didn't get along so well, and he was quickly bored with his first "real" jobs.  After a dozen+ years of struggle including adventures in real estate, re-selling sneakers, and being a Coachella VIP vendor, Andy founded a worldwide clothing brand, several food ventures, and a consulting agency, too. He even started his own non-profit, Passion Chasers, to help the next generation of dreamers find their own entrepreneurial spark. Andy joins host Ric Franzi on Critical Mass Business Talk Show to share the inside scoop (no pun intended), including how he uses brand awareness and storytelling to appeal to future brand builders, as well as his goal of improving the food scene and pumping new life into other cities. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Jan 5 2022
23 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Lisa Rehburg, Rehburg Life Insurance Settlements (Episode 1331)
Lisa Rehburg is President of Rehburg Life Insurance Settlements, and a life insurance settlements broker. Lisa is passionate about assisting financial, insurance, legal and non-profit professionals to help their clients benefit from their unwanted or unneeded life insurance policies. Having been in the health and life insurance industries for over 30 years, Lisa has presented to hundreds of organizations, including various Financial Planning Associations, Fiduciary Associations, Estate Planning Councils, Planned Giving Roundtables, NAPFA, NAIFA and Health Underwriters Associations, to raise the visibility of life insurance settlements as an option for clients, when appropriate. She has held executive roles at carriers, general agencies and TPAs, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development. Lisa Rehburg joins host Ric Franzi on Critical Mass Business Talk Show to discuss how her firm helps clients benefit from their unwanted or unneeded life insurance policies. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Jan 5 2022
23 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Michelle Beauchamp, Founder of The Champ Group (Episode 1330)Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Adrian Garcia, CEO of FynCom (Episode 1329)
Dec 22 2021
28 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Anna Lisa Lukes & Jay Lukes, Co-Founders of The Lukes Network (Episode 1328)
Anna Lisa Lukes & Jay Lukes are the co-founders of The Lukes Network, LLC, an organization that uses the power of stories, data and collaboration to make an impact on organizations and communities. A purpose-driven full-service marketing and sustainability company, Anna Lisa Lukes founded The Lukes Network with twenty years of experience in executive-level management, marketing, fundraising, and sustainability to draw upon. Co-founder Jay Lukes, also the firm's Chief Operating Officer,  comes to the table with more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, including digital and traditional advertising across industries.  A 51+% woman- and minority-owned company, The Lukes Network exists to make an impact on organizations and the community, with primary focus areas being government agencies, small businesses (real estate, food, beverage, hospitality and services) and nonprofits.  Co-Founders Anna Lisa & Jay join host Ric Franzi on Critical Mass Business Talk Show to discuss their business model with The Lukes Network, their leadership insights, and their collaboration as partners. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Dec 20 2021
25 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Mike Flynn, Founder & Owner of O SEA (Episode 1327)Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Guita Sharifi, Chief Financial Officer of Lifelong Learning Administration Corporation (Episode 1326)
Guita Sharifi has been a CFO in the healthcare and education nonprofit sector for 17 years. She currently serves as CFO of Lifelong Learning, a national nonprofit educational service organization that partners with schools including those in the Learn4Life network, which provides personalized learning to nearly 50,000 at-risk youth across the county.   A community activist, Guita has served on numerous charitable boards over the past 20 years, including roles as co-chair/founder of the Orange County CFO Leadership Council, founding member of Private Director Association South County, and OC 5th Supervisorial District Representative on Taxpayers Oversight for Measure M.  Guita has been nominated by Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) eight consecutive times for the CFO of the Year awards, and won the Outstanding Nonprofit CFO of the Year Award in 2019. Sharifi was named to the 2020 OCBJ’s inaugural OC500, which is comprised of the most influential businesspeople and opinion shapers in the county. In this edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show, Guita joins host Ric Franzi to discuss her firm Lifelong Learning, her insights as CFO, as well as her leadership in the Orange County business community at large. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Dec 20 2021
22 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Corey White, Founder of Cyvatar.ai (Episode 1325)
As a transformative servant leader, Corey White is a proven entrepreneur focused on innovating and creating new paradigms in the security industry and life. His leadership style is focused on an employee-first approach because of the positive impact of happy employees on their customer relationships. Corey has chosen to take a people-centric approach to life and to let all outcomes be driven by that philosophy. Twenty-five years of experience in the security industry has seasoned him to create the next exponential evolution. As Founder and Chief Experience Officer, Corey has created Cyvatar.ai to enable vendor partners to deliver reliable, repeatable, and measurable business outcomes to clients through an outstanding customer experience. This also allows the partner to engineer out complexity, improve renewal/upsell/cross-sell opportunities, and increase their customer satisfaction and referrals. On this edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show, Corey joins host Ric Franzi on the show to discuss Corey's leadership of Cyvatar.ai, a technology-enabled cybersecurity as a service (CSaaS) provider disrupting a $150 billion industry by introducing and delivering smarter, measurable subscriptions to help clients achieve compliance and security. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Dec 20 2021
28 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Zeena Dhalla, Founder of VerticAlign Posture & Ergonomics (Episode 1324)
Zeena Dhalla is a premier Postural Alignment Specialist, Certified Ergonomics Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Pilates Instructor in the Orange County, California area and is the Founder of VerticAlign Posture Coaching. Zeena is also known for co-authoring the Random House/Penguin published book, Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way with Celebrity Fitness Trainer Yasmin Karachiwala. Zeena has also been featured in Pilates Style Magazine, OC Metro, and OC Register. Zeena graduated with a BS from Northwestern University and has multiple certifications from organizations such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the National Postural Institute and the Egoscue Method of Postural Alignment. Her company VerticAlign Posture Coaching provides pain relief solutions for individuals and corporations such as Google and Microsoft. Zeena teaches virtual posture and ergonomic workshops to teams virtually. VerticAlign’s “3 Week Desk Pain Solution” program offers a revolutionary way to bring posture-specific exercises to the workplace to institute a cultural change of movement at the desk. Zeena Dhalla joins host Ric Franzi on Critical Mass Business Talk Show to discuss why “sitting is the new smoking”, and how VerticAlign aims to empower its clients with the ergonomic and exercise tools needed to command their posture and eliminate their pain. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Dec 20 2021
25 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Frank Riedel, CEO of YOUFLY Inc. (Episode 1323)Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Jonas Muthoni, CEO of Deviate Agency (Episode 1322)
With a passion for helping businesses thrive and maximize their potential while delivering best-in-class results, CEO Jonas Muthoni of Deviate Agency is driven by the pursuit of creative excellence, unparalleled service, and long-lasting relationships. Commonly referred to as Deviate's fearless leader, Jonas draws upon the years of customer service experience, research, and analytical skills he gained while working for Verizon, the largest and leading Fortune 500 wireless communications company in the US. At Deviate, Jonas sets the bar high with some of the most talented leaders in the field, including remote employees who bring diverse ideas and points of view to the table, leading to winning solutions. Raised by a single mother of six kids and from a diverse background, Jonas knows what it takes to overcome struggles and unlock potential. With integrity at the backbone of Deviate, Jonas leads his organization with loyalty and trust. In addition to business and entrepreneurship, Jonas spends his time mentoring startups and undergraduates from the University of California, Irvine, as well as volunteering in the community and serving as a Breast Cancer Board member. Jonas joins host Ric Franzi on Critical Mass Business Talk Show to discuss his insights CEO at Deviate Agency, as well as his leadership philosophies. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Dec 6 2021
26 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Dane Groeneveld, CEO of HUDDL3 Group (Episode 1321)
Dane first joined the staffing industry in 2001 in the UK, and he has since gained global experience working on executive search assignments, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) projects, and contingent workforce management programs. This has included taking responsibility for global account management, supporting service delivery across major capital development projects in more than 50 countries, and also managing over 1300 contingent workers on deployment in the Americas region. Dane joined PTS Advance in August 2018, with a view to getting back to his passion for developing people and co-designing innovative workforce solutions for clients experiencing changes in their operating model, asset portfolio, or external market conditions. Through a number of M&A transactions, Dane has now stepped into the CEO role of HUDDL3 Group, supporting a family of operating companies which include, PTS Advance, Roberts Engineers, Range Search Partners, Sidewinders Advance and SmartSearch. In this position, Dane is actively working with team members and industry partners to contribute to a human-centered design for the “Future of Work." In this edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show, host Ric Franzi interviews Dane to discuss his professional journey and insights gained in his leadership of HUDDL3 Group. --- Critical Mass Business Talk Show is Orange County's longest-running business talk show, focused on offering value and insight to middle-market business leaders in the OC and beyond. Hosted by Ric Franzi, business partner at Renaissance Executive Forums Orange County. This edition of Critical Mass Business Talk Show is proudly supported by Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. GRR provides legal advice and guidance on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Learn more at GRR.com.
Nov 29 2021
28 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Jure Bratkic, CEO of SkipQ & BreakThrough (Episode 1320)
Nov 29 2021
28 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Shellee Howard, President of College Ready (Episode 1319)Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Shelly Yorgesen, Founder & CEO of Executive Networking Events (Episode 1318)
Nov 24 2021
26 mins
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews Jason Wachter, Partner at Gottlieb, Rackman, & Reisman, P.C. (Episode 1317)

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