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The Entrepreneurial Spirit is Alive and Well Amid COVID-19

On this episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined in the co-host seat by Norm Pappas, president and CEO of Pappas Financial. During the show, they talk with an entrepreneur who is stepping up to help his fellow startup owners during the COVID-19 crisis, and one individual who is successfully leading his family business through it.


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Jeff kicks off the show by sharing an interview with Hannan Lis, who grew the largest group of WeightWatchers franchises and then sold the company. Hannan is currently offering assistance to local entrepreneurs who are struggling amid the COVID-19 crisis. He talks with Jeff about what he’s currently doing to help and why.

Then, Jeff and Norm interview Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow. Since assuming the leadership role of his family’s $2 billion construction company in 2011, Ryan has grown the company significantly.

During the show, Ryan discusses: 

  • The history and growth of Barton Malow
  • His vision for the future of the company and some of the changes he’s made along the way
  • How he maintains an entrepreneurial perspective
  • How COVID-19 has impacted his business

For more on Barton Malow, visit the official website and stay up-to-date via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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