George Moen Vancouver’s Serial Entrepreneur: Part 1 in an Investigative Series

“Yes, we’re in the beverage retail business,” he says, “but really what we are is a franchise development company that just so happens to use coffee as a vehicle.”
 – George Moen, 2010

There is no question that George Moen has been working hard over his lifetime to maintain his self assigned title of “Serial Entrepreneur”.  Anyone involved in social media at all, would drop their jaw in awe at the number of followers he has on Twitter (currently 134,000+ at the time of this article).  Articles like this one, describing the power of his endurance to achieve success have been published regularly over the years and likely someone is in the middle of publishing one right now.  Mentioned in many of these articles are things like:

  • Serial entrepreneur
  • Sandwich Tree
  • Blenz Coffee President/CEO
  • Rapid Time Networks http://rapidtimenetworks.com/
  • Inca One Resources
  • Coaches Planner software
  • High Output Business Networking

But there is much more to the George Moen story than meets the eye.  There are many things about his ‘success’ that are no described in these articles and online profile that make up an important part of who he is.  Questions like:

  • Where is Sandwich Tree today?
  • Who is this “Tonyc” listed on the Sandwich Tree website and what is his relationship to George Moen, Steamrollers and Blenz Coffee?
  • What was the experience of Franchisees under George Moen as their Franchisor?
  • Is there a relationship between Inca One resources and is there a Blenz connection?
  • What is Rapid Times network and how does it work? And does it work?
  • Is there a connection between Blenz Coffee and Steamrollers?
  • Who are the vendors that Blenz and Steamrollers have chosen in the past and did this relationship benefit the Franchisees?
  • What is Black Tusk Tea and who owns it?
  • Is there a connection between the ever-respected Van City Buzz and George Moen who both have countless tens of thousands of follwers and Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company?
  • Are there any law suits that involve George Moen or any of the corporations with which he is involved?
  • What are the similarities between Sandwich Tree, Steamrollers, Blenz Coffee and their business model?
  • Which law firm represents Blenz Coffee and why is this interesting?
  • and more

Stay tuned as we explore these and other interesting connections as they pertain to George Moen, Vancouer’s ‘Serial Entrepreneur”

 

Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD Welcomes Mark West as Returning Chief?

Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD announced at their National Sales Seminar on October 4th, 2012 Mark West as their new General Manager to replace previous CEO George Moen.

Mark West, who is also the current owner of My Cup Coffee and Tea franchise with several locations around Vancouver that compete directly with several Blenz locations, gave his first speech to the franchisees. In this speech he informed them that he ‘is not actively involved’ in his My Cup operation and that he is dedicated to helping grow the sales of Blenz franchisees.

Mark West was the CEO of Blenz until 2007, just prior to the announcement of George Moen as CEO who has since gone on to start a pay-for-referral business called RapidTimes Networks.

 

 

Blenz gives White Spot Advice on Expansion into the Chinese Wild West

Here is an interesting article with comments from the former president of Blenz the Canadian Coffee Company LTD, George Moen.

Here Moen gives his feedback on why Blenz failed in China.  He says that China is ‘vast’ and ‘the wild west of franchising’ – quite evocative speech.  I thought this was common knowledge.  I bet you could go to China and find Brenz Coffee and Blendz Coffee and Blanz Coffee on many corners – right beside the Appel Store where they sell Ipeds

To me what is a more interesting question is why, after nearly ten years since getting shot up in the ‘wild west’, has Blenz not expanded outside of BC in Canada?  Is Ontario the wild west?  It could be argued that Alberta is with all those cows and stampedes, but after hearing countless hundreds of Ontario folk asking Blenz franchisees why they don’t exist in Ontario yet do exist in the Phillipines, UAE, China, Japan, I remain without answer. Maybe @georgemoen could tweet us an article we could link to entitled “Why Blenz hasn’t moved outside of BC in North America.”

So what is the best expansion strategy and is there a company that has succeeded in China?  Starbucks and McDonalds?  And how did they do it?  This would certainly be a good read.