We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Kitchen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started my own business after being “fired” for the last time. I realized that I’m meant to work with people and not work for people. I’ve always been a leader and I’ve always thrived in environments that allowed for me to play a role in the outcome of the organization. I also wanted to be rewarded fairly for the results and profits I helped produce. This wasn’t possible working the typical 9-5 job, so I made the commitment six years ago to start my own business and produce the results hungered for by the people and organizations I work “with.”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Frank Kitchen Enterprises works with Organizations who want their People to breakthrough the mental and physical barriers that prevent them from living the dreams they hunger for. We have been blessed to work in-person and virtually with professional associations, major corporations, schools, colleges, universities, nonprofits, and civic organizations around the world. I never imagined my stories of success and failure could empower audiences around the world to transform their personal and professional dreams into reality. It has not been an easy journey. My dream of living the life of a full-time speaker and entrepreneur became a reality on June 17, 2015. It was Father’s Day Weekend and I had just been fired by my employer. My son was 2 years old and my wife was 7 months pregnant with our daughter. I questioned how I was going to provide for my family. That weekend I committed to living the dream I had been “talking” about for 8 years. I would apply the knowledge and skills I gained as an Entertainer, College Student Leader, Award-winning Toy Store Manager, Employee Trainer, Salesperson, Coach, and College Educator to start a thriving business. With the support of my wife, family, and friends, I developed the “I Live F.R.E.S.H.” recipe I now teach to my audiences and clients. My goal is to be known practicing what I teach. When I’m not on stage, I coach Professional Speakers who want to break into the industry; I volunteer with the Non-Profit Hustle PHX as a mentor and Board Member for aspiring entrepreneurs, and I raise millions of dollars annually for non-profits as one of the First African American Fundraising Ambassadors/Auctioneers in the world. Quite simply I’m proof of how you can break through mental and physical barriers to live your dream, while helping others do the same.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When my best friend comes into town we love visiting the Short Course at Mountain Shadows for 18 holes of golf on their Par 3 Course. The course is short, fun and challenging. The views are great, but most importantly it’s a great place to just be yourself while hanging out with a friend.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to the Non-Profit Hustule PHX. They allowed me to showcase my skills as a speaker and trainer to underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Phoenix area live their entrepreneurial dreams. The energy and passion by the people who run Hustle PHX and the people who participate is contagious. Volunteering with the organization gave me the confidence and knowledge needed to build my business. I learned just as much as I shared.