636014320779002512-junior-bridgemanRestaurant magnate and former University of Louisville basketball player Junior Bridgeman will give his insights about the business world on the “Breaking the Mold” podcast, presented by Kentucky to the World on Aug. 3.

Bridgeman, who also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks, is one of the largest franchise owners in the country, owning more than 150 Wendy’s franchises and more than 100 Chili’s franchises. He has invested in more than 350 restaurants and Coca-Cola, according to a news release announcing the event.

“We couldn’t think of anyone better who have done so much for the community,” said Evan Roth, who will be hosting the Kentucky to the World event at the Henry Clay Building in Louisville. .

The podcast will be hosted by Evan Roth and his brother, Daniel Roth, executive editor of Linkedln. Evan Roth is a managing partner for BBR Partners in New York City, according to the release.

This podcast is different because the brothers grew up in Louisville, Roth said. By having “locals interviewing a local,” , it allows the audience to connect even more since they all have ties to Kentucky.

This podcast will focus on how Bridgeman got into the franchise business, when to sell a business and how the market looks currently, Roth said.

“Having a front row seat is compelling because he’s a private, humble person, and now he has the time to express himself,” he said of the live recording of the podcast. “It’s like getting to eavesdrop on a personality.”

Reporter Allana Barefield can be reached at abarefield@gannett.com or 502-582-4496.

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