Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, and You Move Me
Starting with just one truck, Brian Scudamore has grown 1-800-Got-Junk into one of Canada's most successful companies—and he's poised to do the same with new ventures WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and You Move Me. Creating a world brand, he says, comes down to articulating your vision and building a culture around the right people. He offers plenty of takeaways but also a belief that businesses can—and must—strive to become better every day.
In 2004, he was inducted into the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and served as a board member for the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (YEO). In 2007, Scudamore was honored to have been named the International Franchise Association's Entrepreneur of the Year. Other accolades include Fortune Small Business Best Bosses Award, The Globe & Mail's Top 40 under 40, and a three-time winner of a prestigious Best Company To Work For award. Check out Brian Scudamore's interview about being an Undercover Boss on a new hit show by that very name.
As a public speaker, Scudamore has brought his entrepreneurial success story to many conference stages, including the Fortune Small Business Magazine's national conference. A strong believer in personal and professional development, he graduated from MIT's four-year Birthing of Giants program, and has subsequently completed several years of MIT's BOGs alumni program, Gathering of Titans. He is also a participant in a nine-year executive education program at Harvard University through YPO Presidents University, and is beginning a new venture in painting.
Teaching Old Industries New Tricks
To most people, entrepreneurship means being on the cutting edge of the next bubble-du-jour—creating a product that no one knows they need, getting three rounds of financing, then going under while the founders cash out. But old industries, proven industries, are ripe with potential. Everyone can reinvent not just their company, but their entire industry in a way that redefines strategy and competition. In this talk, Brian Scudamore, the founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT JUNK? shares the business ideas that helped his company thrive in one of the oldest industries in the world—taking out the garbage. How did he grow from a single truck to become the only for-profit global player in a field where there is no obvious competitive advantage? Scudamore's business blueprint created a company that redefined an entire industry, and allowed him to become the dominant player. In a fun, entertaining and energetic keynote, Scudamore outlines how anyone can approach their company and industry with the same revolutionary zeal and fervor that made his company an unlikely success.
It All Started with a Vision: Business Lessons from 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Brian Scudamore walks you through 20 years of exhilarating growth at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to show you what it takes, day to day, to build a world-class brand, whatever your company. It boils down to vision, people and systems. Scudamore tells you what vision really means, explaining how to create, as he did, a "painted picture" of a company's future successes, and how to make that picture a reality. How does his animating philosophy—"It's all about people"—affect the bottom line? Positive, proven and practical, Scudamore's talk offers plenty of take-aways, but also a sense that businesses today can—and must—strive to become better every day.
It's All About People: Culture, Attraction and Retention Lessons from 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Why is 1-800-GOT-JUNK? routinely named one of the best companies to work for in Canada? In this talk, Brian Scudamore takes an in-depth look at how to build a company around the right people, how to find and evaluate them, and how get the most from them. "It's all about people." Scudamore has harnessed a unique set of attraction, selection and retention tools that have created a workforce second to none. This is a definitive look at why employees are the cornerstone of your business—of any business.
Three Steps to Free Press
Learn how 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has received its glowing press profile—the most effective, cost-friendly way to get its brand out. Scudamore shows you how easy it is for any company to attract a ton of positive media attention, sharing anecdotes, strategies, and bottom line results.
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Brian was engaging, very genuine, and all of our guests hung on every word. While you have a certain amount of credibility when you've bootstrapped a $170 million business, perhaps the most refreshing thing about Brian's presentation was his candour about his own weaknesses, the mistakes he made along the way, the way that he corrected them, and how those corrections contributed to growing his business. He was very open, very direct, and I think every one of our people had something to take away from his presentation. We measure and get feedback on every single piece of our conference. For Brian’s keynote, 94% rated him Excellent, 6% Good. A typical comment was: “Brian was a wow!!! Honest, interesting, inspiring.” When we asked about ‘Best elements of the conference,” Brian’s name came up repeatedly. As the organizer, that’s pretty gratifying. If you’re looking for a very compelling, grounded presentation that works for an audience from senior leaders on down, I can enthusiastically endorse Brian, based not just on my own reaction, but that of my “customers.”
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