New podcast is up with my friend Luke Holden: the CEO and founder of Luke’s Lobster! Tune in to learn all about how Luke launched Luke’s Lobster in 2009 in NYC and now—almost 10 years later—is generating $60M in sales!

Luke was born in Cape Elizabeth,  Maine and is a third generation lobsterman. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2007, Luke went into a career in investment banking, making a good salary. In the summer of 2009, he found himself missing home and went in search of a lobster roll. To his dismay, every lobster roll available was overpriced, drowning in mayo, or diluted with celery. Realizing there was a hole in the market, Luke decided to take a risk and open his very own 200SF lobster shack in October 2009, right in the midst of the recession.

He found his partner, Ben Coniff, on Craigslist and he convinced his dad to be a 50-50 investor. Luke’s dad borrowed against his 401K and Luke had $15,000 in savings—a combined $45,000 investment. Fast forward almost 10 years, Luke now has 29 locations across the country. They have shacks in NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, San Fran, and Maine. They also have 13 shacks in Japan and 2 in Taiwan! They are the primary lobster holder for Whole Foods. So if you shop there, you can find their lobster rolls!

If you haven’t heard or tried of Luke’s Lobster, I highly recommend you do! They serve classic, authentic, and delicious lobster rolls. Most importantly, the fish they are serving come straight from their seafood company in Maine, ensuring traceable and sustainable seafood.

For instance, I live in Philadelphia. If I go to a Luke’s Lobster location and order a lobster roll, I know for a fact that the lobster I am eating was harvested and sourced directly from the Atlantic Ocean only 48 hours prior!

Books:

10% Entrepreneur by Patrick McGinnis

Super excited to share my conversation with my friend, Keith Jones, who is a news anchor at NBC10 in Philadelphia! Big shout out to our mutual friend, Rosemary Connors, who is also an anchor at NBC10 and was kind enough to make the connection!

Keith grew up in a small town called New Egypt in New Jersey with his parents and two brothers. He then went on to Villanova University, which played a tremendous role in his life. During his time at Villanova, he was the manager and practice player for the men’s basketball team. It was through this that sparked his interest in broadcasting!

After graduating from Villanova in 2007, Keith took a leap of faith and dove headfirst into the broadcasting industry. He started from the very bottom: beginning in Harrisonburg, Virginia for two years, then made his way to Pittsburgh for three years. In 2012, Keith had the exciting and rare opportunity to return to Philadelphia to NBC10 at age 27 (making him the youngest anchor in the Philadelphia area).

Over the past seven years, Keith covered an extensive amount of intriguing stories that he tells us about. Not only does Keith detail his broadcasting career but he was also kind enough to talk about the passing of his late girlfriend Cara McCollum, who died tragically in a car accident in 2016. Keith can most definitely serve as a role model to anyone that been through a similar type of adversity. Keith also talks about the angels that arose in his life after this tragedy, such as his amazing new girlfriend Devon and past podcast guests Father Rob Hagan and Coach Wright and the entire Villanova basketball family. I hope you enjoy listening to Keith’s story as much as I did!