The Legends


Legends of Success features the stories and exclusive interviews with some of America’s most respected entrepreneurs, business leaders and acclaimed individuals. The list below provides a link to some of our nationally recognized legends.


Jack Welch

Legendary CEO of General Electric



Steve Forbes

Forbes, Inc., President & CEO

Forbes Magazine, Editor-In-Chief

Forbes Magazine



William Lauder, CEO

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.




Evelyn H. Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President

The Estee Lauder Companies

Founder: Breast Cancer Research Foundation-Pink Ribbon Campaign



Bernie Marcus

The Home Depot, Co-Founder

The Marcus Foundation, Chairman



William Randolph Hearst, III

Hearst Corporation



Doc McGhee, American Music Manager

Doc McGhee-L.A.



Howard Schultz, Chairman

Starbucks Coffee



Jerry Lewis

Entertainment Legend



Alan G. Lafley, Chairman, President & CEO

Proctor & Gamble



Tom Monaghan, Founder

Domino’s Pizza



Walter Cronkite

American Legend



Eli Broad, Founder/Chairman

The Broad Foundation

KB Home



Jon M. Huntsman, Founder & Chairman

Huntsman Corporation



Denis Abrams, President & CEO

Benjamin Moore & Co.

A Berkshire Hathaway Company



Patrick J. McGovern, Chairman

International Data Group




Prof. Jeremy Siegel

Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

“Stocks For The Long Run”, Author



Stuart Diamond

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics-The Wharton Business School

NY Times best-selling author of, “Getting More”

Stuart Diamond-Wharton



Cliff Hudson, Chairman & CEO

Sonic Drive In



Buddy McClain, Chairman & CEO

McClain Sonics-MVP Franchise Group



Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chairman of the Board

Hasbro, Inc.



Robert J. Herbold, Retired Executive Vice President & COO

Microsoft Corporation



Michelle Peluso, President & CEO




Chris Sullivan, Founder

Outback Steakhouse



S. Truett Cathy, Founder & Chairman




Dan T. Cathy, President & COO




Johnny Carrabba, Founder

Carrabba’s Italian Grill



Walter Anderson, Chairman & CEO

Parade Publications



Ed McMahon

Television and Radio Legend




Sidney Sheldon

Legendary Author

Creator of “I Dream Of Jeannie”



Bernie Brillstein, Founding Partner

Brillstein-Grey Entertainment



Pierre Cossette, Producer

The Grammy Awards



Kent “Oz” Nelson, Chairman & CEO




L. Lowry Mays, Chairman/CEO

Clear Channel Communications



Red McCombs, Co-Founder

Clear Channel Communications

NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, Past Owner



Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. President



Leon Gorman, Chairman

L.L. Bean, Inc.



John Schnatter, Founder & Chairman

Papa John’s Pizza



David Neeleman, Founder & CEO

JetBlue Airways



R. Michael Mondavi

Folio Fine Wine Partners, Founder

Robert Mondavi Winery, Former Chairman of the Board



James Parker, Former CEO

Southwest Airlines



John Branca, Entertainment Attorney

Represents: Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Carlos Santana,

Don Henley, Beach Boys, The Doors, ZZ Top

John Branca



Jonathan Tisch, Chairman & CEO

Loews Hotels



John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder & President

John Paul Mitchell Systems



Richard M. Schulze, Founder & Chairman

Best Buy Co., Inc.



Ron Shaw, Former President & CEO

Pilot Pen Corporation



George A. Cloutier, Chairman & CEO

American Management Services

Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re The Only Thing, Author



Roger Berkowitz, President & CEO

Legal Seafoods, Inc



Jim Rudolph, Vice Chairman

Rita’s Water Ice



Sara Blakely, Founder




Danny Wegman, CEO

Wegmans Food Markets



Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO

The Kaplan Thaler Group, Ltd.



George Duke, Co-Owner & Chairman

Zippo Lighters/Zippo Manufacturing



Brian Scudamore, Founder & CEO




George Schlatter

Legendary TV Producer



Richard Thalheimer, Founder, Chairman & CEO

The Sharper Image



Tommy Lasorda, Sr. Vice President

Special Assistant to the Chairman

Los Angeles Dodgers



William Rosenberg, Founder

Dunkin Donuts

International Franchise Association



Paul Orfalea, Founder




George Shapiro

Legendary Talent Manager

Seinfeld, Executive Producer



William J. Gilbane, Jr., President & COO

Gilbane Building Company



Bobbi Brown, CEO

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics



James F. McCann, Founder & CEO




James H. Amos, Jr.

Mail Boxes Etc., Chairman Emeritus

Tasti D-Lite LLC, Chairman & CEO



William Austin

Starkey Laboratories, CEO

The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Founder



Arthur Agatston, MD, Creator

The South Beach Diet



Robert Shapiro, Esq.




Robert Macauley, Founder




Ellen Gordon, President

Tootsie-Roll Industries, Inc.



Kenneth Feld, Chairman & CEO

Feld Entertainment

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus;

Siegfried & Roy;

Disney on Ice



Judge Joe Brown/Judge & Television Show Host

Judge Joe Brown



Alex Spanos, Owner

NFL’s San Diego Chargers

A.G. Spanos Companies



Leo Hindery, Jr.

InterMedia Partners, Managing Partner

AT&T Broadband, Former CEO



B. Thomas Golisano, Founder & Chairman

Paychex, Inc.



Steve Sheetz, Chairman

Sheetz, Inc.



Stanton Sheetz, CEO

Sheetz, Inc.



Eric Eisner

David Geffen Company-retired President

Young Eisner Scholars (YES)-Founder & CEO



Robert Schober, Founder

Super-Dog Pet Food Company



William F. “Rick” Cronk, Retired President

Edy’s Ice Cream



Knight A. Kiplinger, Editor-in-Chief

The Kiplinger Letter

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine



Derek C. Hathaway, Chairman & CEO

Harsco Corporation



Richard H. Lenny, Chairman, President & CEO

Hershey Foods Corporation



Rocco Ortenzio, Executive Chairman

Robert Ortenzio, CEO

Select Medical Corporation



Jim Perdue, Chairman

Perdue Farms Incorporated



Maria Rodale, Vice Chairman of the Board

Rodale Press



Warren Cowan

Warren Cowan & Associates, Chairman

Rogers & Cowan, Co-Founder



Miguel Forbes, V.P. of Business Development

Forbes, Inc



Peter Newcomb, Senior Editor

Forbes Magazine



Professor John A. Davis

Harvard Business School



John Eldred, Co-Founder

Wharton School’s Family Business Program

University of Pennsylvania

Transition One Associates, Founder



John Mackey, Founder & Chairman

Whole Foods Market



Dick Van Patten, Founder

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.



Dr. Robert H. Schuller

Crystal Cathedral



Dr. Stanley Pearle

Pearle Vision



Brian Devine, Chairman




Michael Rice, CEO

Jane Rice, Vice President of Public Relations

Utz Quality Foods, Inc.



Philip A. Clemens, Chairman

Hatfield Quality Meats



Ross Born, Co-CEO

Just Born, Inc.



David Shaffer, Co-CEO

Just Born, Inc.



Anne Beiler, Founder & CEO

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels



David Oreck, Founder and Chairman

Oreck Corporation



Paul Dowling, Creator & Executive Producer

Forensic Files Television Program



Ed Friendly, Executive Producer/Creator

Little House On The Prairie Television Series



Roy Clair, II, President

Clair Brothers



David M. Ritz, Chairman & CEO

Ritz Camera Centers, Inc.



Howard Henschel, President & CEO

Norman’s Hallmark Group



Steve Zuckerman, President/ Co-Founder

Ian Ruzow, Vice President/Co-Founder

Bob Zuckerman, Secretary/Treasurer/Co-Founder

Clipper Magazine Inc.



Charles “Tremendous” Jones

An American Inspiration



Tami Longaberger, President & CEO

The Longaberger Company



Nell Newman, Director

Newman’s Own Organics



Patrick Byrne, CEO



Gary Heavin, Founder & CEO

Curves International, Inc.



Peter Guber, American Film Producer & Chairman/CEO

Mandalay Entertainment Group



Wally Amos, Founder of “Famous Amos” chocolate chip cookie

Wally Amos




John Davis, Founder, Chairman and CEO

Davis Entertainment Co.

Stone Canyon Venture Partners, LP , Managing Director



Steve Phillips, CEO

Phillips Seafood



Andy Williams, Singer & Entertainer

Andy Williams-Moon River Theatre



Chris Martin, CEO of Martin Guitars

C.F. Martin & Co.



Howdy Holmes, President of Chelsea Milling Company

Makers of Jiffy Mix



The Legends…

Upcoming Shows



“I enjoyed the interview and thought you did a very good job covering important issues regarding corporate philanthropy and our work at The Carter Center. Thank you for inviting me back to discuss our continuing efforts in waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope.”

-President Jimmy Carter

“Thank you for the wonderful interview. You really did your homework and the questions were truly thought provoking. The time went by too fast for me.”

-Jack Welch

Legendary CEO of General Electric

“When you want to learn who America’s most successful people are – read our Forbes 400 List. And when you want to hear first hand how they got there, listen to Legends of Success with John Resnick. Legends of Success is one of the most original radio programs in years.”

-Steve Forbes, Editor-In-Chief

Forbes Magazine

“I enjoyed participating in your recent radio program “Legends Of Success.” Your program offers listeners great insight into the history of family businesses and the inner-workings of what it takes to make a business a success through both good and challenging times. I wish you much continued success with your show!”

— William P. Lauder, CEO

The Estee Lauder Companies

“Thank you very, very much. It’s been so much fun talking with you. I am delighted to be here.”

–Evelyn H. Lauder, Senior Corp. Vice President

The Estee Lauder Companies

“I am honored that you would include me….

I enjoyed being with you. Your questions were very good. “

– Walter Cronkite

American Legend

“John, it is a great honor to be part of your show. I just love this program….it should be heard all over the world. I’m so grateful I’ve had this time to be with you. I commend you.”

-Jon Huntsman, Founder

Huntsman Corporation

“Your interview was a joy and delight for me to do. Your program gives its listeners a refreshing insight into guests’ values and philosophies that helped to shape their failures and successes. Thank you for allowing me to share a piece of my life with your listeners and I wish you continuing success.”

-Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder

The Home Depot

“Thank you John, you did a good job. You asked some good questions, and in the time we had together you covered my whole broadcasting career. So, you’ve done a nice job.”

–Ed McMahon

Legendary TV Personality

The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson

“Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your Legends Of Success program. It was a pleasant experience and I am excited that you have invited me for a return visit. I enjoy your interview style which made the process of participation very easy for me. I look forward to our next visit.”

-Red McCombs, Owner

NFL’s Minnesota Vikings

McCombs Enterprise

“This is something I’ve looked forward to. Thank you very much for having me on. I’ve enjoyed being with you.”

Howard Schultz, Chairman


“I wish you the best and I encourage other business owners who have achieved high levels of success to share their stories with you.”

— Alex G. Spanos, Owner

San Diego Chargers

A.G. Spanos Companies

“Thank you for the great interview. You are very professional and made me feel very comfortable… .”

— R. Michael Mondavi, Chairman

Robert Mondavi

A Family of Wines

“I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the Outback Steakhouse story with you on “Legends of Success.” I wish you continued success in your endeavors and I very much enjoyed my experience on your broadcast.”

— Chris Sullivan, Chairman & CEO

Outback Steakhouse, Inc.

“Since my father handed me the reigns in 1991, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different radio shows and I found your program among the most organized and accommodating. I hope we’ll have a chance to work together again.”

-Jim Perdue, Chairman

Perdue Farms

“I was extremely impressed with the thoroughness of your preparation which led to particularly insightful questions about those elements that were most critical to our company’s success. Your interviewing style, combined with the opportunity to talk about J.C. Ehrlich, made this a most enjoyable experience. I wish you well as your listening area expands.”

— Victor H. Hammel, President

J. C. Ehrlich Co., Inc

“It was a pleasure to be on your show, “Legends Of Success”. You are a great person to work with – you make it fun as the story unfolds. Your idea of putting this type of program on the air may help young people to get ideas of how they can start into business. Keep up the good work, and may you be rewarded for your efforts.”

— James S. Herr, Chairman and Founder

Herr Foods, Inc.