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Cathey Petkash, is a Franchise Specialist who assists people identify and research franchise models that meet their personal and business goals and objectives. She joined FranNet after 18 years in the “corporate world” of Hewlett-Packard.  Her professional consulting career at HP involved building strategic relationships with HP customers by implementing IT solutions to meet their business goals and objectives. Cathey also is a seasoned business owner.  She achieved her “business ownership” dream with the purchase a floral business.  Cathey applied the business principle of “absentee ownership,” executing the business end of the business, while her Floral Designer ran the everyday floral shop activity. She successfully grew the business for over four years, and then profitably sold the business. From control freak and directive to relaxed and collaborative, Cathey’s transition from “Corporate America” resulted in her being a leader who prides herself on listening and thinking more.

Podcast Topics Include:

  • The secret to being a successful business. Hint: Your Employees
  • Knowing how to interact with people and knowing your management style
  • How to avoid the loneliness of being the boss
  • The Passion Factor: why you need to be more passionate about running a business more than being passionate about the “what” of your business
  • Understanding what motivates people
  • The advice Cathey would give to struggling businesses, including HP

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Gina Trimarco is a native of Chicago and CEO/Founder of Pivot10 Results and Carolina Improv Company. She has 25+ years of experience in marketing, sales, operations and people training. Gina combines street smarts and improv comedy skills with her experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds, which sets her apart from her competition.

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