We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Kitchen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The process behind starting my own business was simple…provide for my family. I was tired of being underpaid, undervalued, let go, fired, or down-sized. My wife and I had one child and another on the way and we needed something consistent that inspired us. I was tired of working for people and wanted to work with people. I was looking for work that was relational and not transactional.
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?
I am the founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises. My Keynote Speeches, Coaching Programs, and Learning Resources help Entrepreneurial Leaders around the world Live the Dreams they Hunger For. I use my stories of success and failure to teach people how to transform their dreams into reality by overcoming the mental and physical obstacles in their lives. The road has not been easy. I’ve spoken professionally for over 14 years, but have only been able to speak full-time for the last five years. I wasn’t fully committed to my dream. I talked about it, but I didn’t put in the necessary work. I worked several jobs while pursuing my dream. There were several moments I thought my dream was over. The financial crisis, poor financial decisions, loss of employment, and poor business knowledge slowed down my journey. Ultimately it was my lack of mental focus that was my biggest obstacle. Today I’m most proud of the fact that my family and I just celebrated our 5th year of business. And even with COVID-19, we’re on track for our most financially productive year ever. All of this is possible because of the positive and productive relationships we’ve fostered with our network and clients. Our brand is about “Living FRESH.” This is when you commit your time, talents, team, and treasures to live your dreams while helping others live theirs. We’ve learned that when you practice what you preach, you achieve the results that you desire.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My family and I are all about unique experiences and supporting small businesses. My wife has taught our kids (5 years old and 7 years old) how to be excellent hosts/ambassadors. My best friend Scott and his wife love visiting the Valley from Ohio, so our itinerary would look a little like this: Monday – Visit the PING Golf Factory for their tour (Scott coaches High School Golf) Tuesday – Play a round of golf at the Short Course at Mountain Shadows Wednesday – Visit the White Tanks Regional Park for a morning or sunset hike to the waterfall Thursday – Drive Up to Sedona and relax by Oak Creek at the Crescent Moon Picnic Site Friday – Hang Out at Top Golf in Glendale and visit the Cerreta Candy Company Saturday – Contact our friends the Campbell Family to set-up a day their boat on Theodore Roosevelt Lake Sunday – Enjoy Breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast in Downtown Phoenix before they leave Every day would involve experiencing one of our locally-owned- restaurants including: – Laura’s Burgers in Avondale – Jacky’s Mexican Food in Buckeye – Toasted Owl in Flagstaff – La Grande Orange Pizzeria in Arcadia – Nami Bakery in Phoenix
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a Shoutout to all the people (family members, friends, and mentors) who consistently encouraged me to become a business owner.
Photo credit to Rachel Olweya (Selfie Photo) Photo credit to Mitchell Brown (Headshot Photo)