FRAN COSTIGAN – AUTHOR, VEGAN CHOCOLATE
Author, baking instructor, and vegan powerhouse Fran Costigan has dedicated years to satisfying her sweet tooth while keeping it vegan. Through experimentation and long hours in the kitchen, she’s recreated some of her favorite chocolate desserts as better-for-you interpretations that pass the taste test: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles (with a variety of flavor variations), a Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, a Sacher Torte, even chocolate Moon Pies! Her detailed instructions make for professional-quality outcomes every time: it’s like a personal baking class, right in your kitchen. The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, Vegan Chocolate is sure to become an instant classic.
SHANE EVANS, UNDERCOVER BOSS - COO OF MASSAGE HEIGHTS
Episode Notes: Shane Evans is COO and Co-Founder of Massage Heights, which is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. With 94 locations throughout the United States and Canada, Massage Heights is one of the largest massage chains in North America. It’s a $70 million dollars a year business with 2,300 employees. Massage Heights is a membership based therapeutic massage company that was created to provide an affordable, convenient and professional therapeutic massage without the spa-like prices. Massage Heights has their own line of branded products to help guests take the Massage Heights experience home.
Shane’s parents struggled financially and were not able to pay for Shane to attend college – so she never attended one. In April of 2004, Shane and her husband founded Massage Heights. The company is family run. Her brother Glenn is the CEO, her husband Wayne handles Human Resources and her youngest brother Brett handles franchise development. Her mother Patricia is a paralegal and senior executive assistant, so Shane sees her every day. Her father is still alive but is too ill to work as part of their team.
GEORGE WALLACE – COMEDIAN – DEBUT BOOK, “LAFF IT OFF”
Comedian George Wallace started his career at NYC’s Comic Strip Live in the 1970’s, where he roomed with Jerry Seinfeld (and later served as the best man in his wedding). Headlining at the Flamingo in Las Vegas for the last decade, Wallace has been making people laugh for 37 years. Ranked by Comedy Central as “one of the greatest comedians of all-time” and by Rolling Stone as one of the top 25 funniest tweeters, George is available to dish one-liners and share insightful stories into his life.
Donned “The iron man of comedy” by Jay Leno, he is described by Jerry Seinfeld, who also wrote the foreword, as “One of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met.” No stranger to the spotlight, Wallace has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, Late Night with David Letterman, Live! with Regis and Arsenio Hall. He was also a senior writer for Sanford & Son and his acting credits include Seinfeld and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
He is also heavily involved in charity work and "giving back" to the community. He has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to churches and ran several benefit events and comedy shows for the Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. Likewise, he is the ambassador to a branch of the USO called "Armed Forces Entertainment," and has recently returned from doing comedy shows overseas.