01.07.17 | In keeping with a long running tradition, Michelanglelo Signorile is our first guest of the New Year. It is a very sobering conversation with the author of It’s Not Over about LGBT and minority rights, and the importance of activating locally to make our voices heard. But first, France wants you to enjoy your time out of the office and parents are angry about the latest toy craze that did not perform as advertised.
Tim and John share some New Year’s Resolutions for 2017…you probably have some of the same. But first, The Focus Group welcomes Cathy Renna, from Target Cue, to discuss the successes of the Obama Administration regarding LGBT Rights. Cathy also shares her thoughts on what’s in store under a Trump Presidency. We do know that President Trump will be tested, but none of us can predict how he will govern.
Tim and John broadcast live for the first time on their YouTube and Facebook channels earlier this week, and shared their favorite Christmas stories, the best toys they got as kids, and played Tim’s List in this Christmas Special.
Benjamin Glaser, Editor at DealNews.com, joins The Focus Group to share some last minute holiday bargains and gifting ideas. Should you be visiting NYC this holiday season, or anytime, he also let’s us in on his favorite pizza joints in the Big Apple. John promises to take Tim since one of the places is close to the studio! Anger Rooms caught John’s eye, and Tim wishes Penthouse Founder, Robert Charles Joseph Edward Sabatini “Bob” Guccione, a Happy Business Birthday.
The incomparable Hedda Lettuce answers that question and many more on this episode of The Focus Group. Tim and John share some of the 33 potential questions that Apple may ask should they grant you a job interview. Oh, and enjoy a holiday brew—It’s National Lager Day—which is different than an ale.
Frank Decaro and Jim Colucci help The Focus Group kick off the Holiday Season. Frank shares his weight loss success, and tells us about being on the road with Lisa Lampanelli. Jim updates us on his New York Times bestseller, Golden Girls Forever, which happens to be the gold standard for books of this genre. If you are looking for gifts this season there is nothing better for a Golden Girls Fan than Jim’s latest book and, as Frank reminds us, The Dead Celebrity Cookbook and the Christmas in Tinseltown companion are also “must haves” for the home! We had a blast with Frank and Jim who let us know that this year’s Christmas and Holiday decorating theme at their home is: Blue and White.
Thomas Barta, co-author of The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader: How to Succeed by Building Customer and Company Value, joins the show. He has concluded, after some exhaustive research, that the reason CMOs rarely rise to the top job is quite simple. Listen and or watch the interview and see if you agree. But first, Starbucks has brought Holiday, particularly Christmas, back to their cups, Newman’s Own branded products need to reboot for millennials, and remember to shop small today—It’s Small Business Saturday!
It’s World Toilet Day and 1 in 5 millennials have never had a Big Mac. Tim and John share Career Advice You Never Hear. In Shop Talk the funeral industry is among the last to succumb to Apps, but they are here to stay. Tim and John share four of their favorites. Three Business Birthdays today—Ted Turner, Jack Welch and Campbell Soup Heiress Charlotte Weber. What would you do with over a billion dollars on hand?
Jonathan D. Lovitz, Sr. Vice President at The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) says: “YES!” Jonathan joins The Focus Group to talk about the massive policy victories that have occurred in 2016 for LGBT business owners and he reiterates the importance of being an LGBT Certified Business through the NGLCC. But first, meet Jack Ryan, the inventor of the Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels, Chatty Cathy and Zsa Zsa’s 6th Husband. It’s Ok to eat the egg yolk, Happy Business Birthday to Charles Walgreen III, and now you can feel really old—Madonna’s Like a Virgin Album was released 32 years ago today! Tim and John share their views of the election and the importance of moving forward with eyes wide open.
Todd Mitchem is an entrepreneur, leader, disruptor, and expert when it comes to aiding or managing companies in the cannabis space. He discusses the budding issues surrounding ballot initiatives this November as more states decide on marijuana legalization. But first, Tim wants to pay a visit to B-52′s band member Kate Pierson’s Lazy Meadow Motel, and John reveals that he is impatient in Shop Talk.