Former NBA player Junior Bridgeman Talks Achieving Success on Next 'Business Forum' Webcast


Former NBA player Junior Bridgeman Talks Achieving Success on Next 'Business Forum' Webcast
Former NBA player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman will lead the 12th webcast in a series presented by Arkansas Business this year. (21st Century Business Forum)

Former NBA player Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman will lead the 12th webcast in a series presented by Arkansas Business this year.

The "21st Century Business Forum," sponsored by CHI St. Vincent, is a monthly webcast featuring authors, entrepreneurs and key leaders in business and sports. It's hosted by author Jon Gordon, who has written on leadership, sales and teamwork.

The show aims to inform and inspire Arkansas business leaders — executives, managers and entrepreneurs — with engaging interviews that yield practical advice for leading organizations and achieving success.

The 40-minute episode, featuring an interview with Bridgeman will broadcast at 11 a.m. on Dec. 8.

Register: You can register to watch the free broadcast right here.

Bridgeman turned his $350,000 salary into $600 million.

He spent his offseason working at a local Wendy’s drive-through to learn the business model of fast food restaurants. By the time the athlete retired, he had already purchased three Wendy’s. 

Bridgeman was the owner and CEO of various companies operating over 450 restaurants in 20 states, including 263 Wendy’s restaurants and 123 Chili’s restaurants. 

His companies received several awards during his tenure, with Wendy’s International and Brinker International recognizing his business acumen.

Bridgeman is now a bottler for The Coca-Cola Company, serving as the president and CEO of Heartland Coca-Cola. He runs a production plant in Lenexa, Kansas, and 18 distribution centers with his son, Justin. 

He also recently purchased Jet and Ebony magazines.