Avanti Entrepreneur Podcast

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Stephen Bienko

The Role of a Good CEO, with Stephen Bienko

Stephen is currently the CEO of Fownders which provides business startups with an entrepreneurial ecosystem to take their ideas and business models from seed to scale. Stephen is also the head track and field coach at Newark Academy which is a nationally ranked independent school in Livingston, NJ.

Stephen was the President of 42 Holdings which specializes in brand ownership of companies within the home services industry. 42 Holdings was the largest franchise owners of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving with locations in NJ, TN, OH and Fl.

Stephen has been featured on Fox News, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, AMC, BRAVO, NJ Star Ledger, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Tennessean, NJ Biz Magazine, Luxury Life Magazine, NJ Monthly Magazine and many more.

Stephen has been honored as Man of the Year for Habitat for Humanity, The IFA (International Franchise Association) Franchisee of the Year, and Franchisee of the Year by College Hunks for three straight years. Stephen serves on the Board of Directors for the PACE School for Girls, The Valarie House, Job Creators Network and sits on the Academy Review Board for U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ).


What you’ll learn about in this episode:

• How Stephen gets people from seed to scale

• You never know enough: how this mantra guides Stephen's work

• The "aha" moment he had while training athletes

• Stephen’s human based philosophy of being a CEO

• “So what?”: why this is the question Stephen asks at the end of the day, when all the work tasks are completed

• Why it’s important to be impactful on the human lives around you

• An essential question all CEOs should ask themselves, and the essential duty of all CEOs

• Fownders’ live, work, play ecosystem

• The new revolution Fownders is embarking on, and how it connects communication, energy, and transportation

• A major shift in business and entrepreneurism caused by millennials

• What the lack of ability to build human capital has caused

• The major shift that is and should be happening in education today

• A catalyst that could bring about the biggest wage gap that we’ve ever seen, and what Stephen is doing to try to stop that from happening

• Core educational competencies youth need in the technological world we live in

• An example explaining where jobs are available and how millennials have brought urbanization back

• How Fownders tackles technical skills and human capital growth

• Steps Fownders has taken to ensure people are getting proper education

• The importance of creating an atmosphere that makes people want to be where they are

• Discipline: why it’s imperative to success in every aspect of our lives


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