Bianca Herron’s passion for creativity and words has fueled her love of writing since she first cracked open Langston Hughes’ Montage of A Dream Deferred in elementary school. She’s since gone on to write poetry, short stories, perform spoken word and is currently working on her debut novel to be published in 2018.
Bianca graduated from Tennessee State University in 2013 with her B.S. in Mass Communications. Over the course of her six-year journalistic career she has not only rocked the mic for Chicago’s Power92 as a radio personality, but has also produced hundreds of articles for some of the city’s most esteemed publications including the Chicago Defender newspaper and the Illinois Real Estate Journal. Currently, she serves as Senior Editor for eleven publications continuously tapping the pulse of the construction, food and beverages, manufacturing and homebuilding industries, among others. She was also Editor-in-Chief of Retail Merchandiser, an award-winning magazine that reaches more than 180,000 decision makers worldwide.
Ultimately, Bianca believes that the key to uncovering a great story is akin to navigating uncharted waters. Asking the right questions provides a clear course, conveying every story and reader to a well-defined conclusion. For her, it’s more than about telling a story or sharing news. It’s about delivering content that can change lives, influence a culture, and continuously set the bar for great writing.
Mighty Auto Parts aims to expand its domestic and international presence by meeting its customers' needs. By Bianca Herron Since it was founded in 1963, Mighty Auto Parts has worked diligently to provide the professional automotive service market with high-quality products and unparalleled customer support services.
Whether it's a franchisee or a customer, Rocket Fizz aims to provide them with a unique and fun experience. By Bianca Herron Robert Powells and Ryan Morgan founded The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shops LLC with one goal in mind in 2007: to provide people of all ages and backgrounds a good time.
Art Van Furniture aims to be one of the leading furniture retailers by 2019. By Bianca Herron In 1959, Art Van Elslander founded Art Van with one goal in mind: to provide customers with quality, affordable furniture and unparalleled service.
Taco John's is poised to expand its geographic footprint in the next few years with the right franchisees alongside it. By Bianca Herron Taco John's International Inc. has been unapologetic about using real ingredients, not taking shortcuts and doing things a little differently since the first taco stand opened 47 years ago.
The Little Gym offers franchisees a unique model that frees them to focus on building relationships with customers, as opposed to building a product. By Bianca Herron Robin Wes founded The Little Gym in 1976 in Bellevue, Wash., in an effort to provide a non-competitive physical development program for kids.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools prioritizes its seven core values to help it grow and expand. By Bianca Herron Ron Sciarro started Aqua-Tots in 1991 with one goal in mind: to provide quality swim programs for parents to enroll their children in.
Food & Drink
Increase table turns and reduce walk-outs with NextME. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media Tired of losing guests due to long wait times? Thanks to a new app, called NextME, patrons no longer have to bother asking a frazzled host every few minutes if their table is ready.
Kamut International is not only focused on promoting the health benefits of the ancient KAMUT® wheat, but also organic agriculture throughout the world. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media Kamut International (KI) set out in the 1980s to change the way we eat by promoting organic farming and the ancient grain known formerly as "King Tut's Wheat," which is now recognized as KAMUT® brand khorasan wheat.
MCE aims to grow by leveraging strategic partnerships and providing its customers with high-quality chef-inspired concepts. By Bianca Herron Airport foodservice provider and restaurateur Midfield Concession Enterprises (MCE) provides world-class, quality food, management and customer service for its clients.
Hodgson Mill aims to grow further by leveraging cutting-edge technology and meeting its customers' demands. By Bianca Herron Alva Hodgson started milling grain in the Missouri Ozarks in 1837. The business thrived, and Hodgson Water Mill continued to grind grains through the early 1900s. The mill company became officially known as Hodgson Mill Inc.
Fullei Fresh prides itself on not only educating its peers, but also its customers about sprouts and healthy eating. By Bianca Herron In 1938, Manny Wong's father started growing bean sprouts in Havana, Cuba, to serve the Cuban Chinese community. Then in 1978, Manny Wong launched Fully Inc.
With its key partnerships and employees, 25-year-old Gateway Casinos aims to improve the customer experience and attract new guests. By Bianca Herron Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited is the largest and most diversified gaming company in Canada.
Homebuilding & Hospitality
Green Machine Buildings builds ICF homes that consume at least 70 percent less energy than typical construction methods. By Bianca Herron For 14 years, Green Machine Buildings has prided itself on contributing to the health of the planet by offering homes that consume at least 70 percent less energy than typical construction methods.
Clarity Homes works to build more homes with unique character, enduring elements and built-in value for another 20 years and beyond. By Bianca Herron Clarity Homes was started with one goal in mind in 1998: to provide affordable luxury homes in Fort Worth, Texas.
Premier Developers prides itself on exceeding its clients' expectations. By Bianca Herron Peter Tiflinsky migrated from his birthplace in Ukraine to the United States with one goal in mind: to start a business that his family could benefit from for generations. More than 15 years ago, Tiflinsky founded Premier Developers LLC in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
The Rinaldi Group works closely with its subcontractors and partners to deliver exceptional projects on time. By Bianca Herron The Rinaldi Group (TRG) is a full-service general contractor and construction management firm based in Secaucus, N.J., with satellite offices in New York City and Miami Beach, Fla.
Even as Whitestone Custom Homes celebrates its 20-year anniversary, the company is focused on the next 20 years by preparing to grow. By Bianca Herron Tim Rice founded Whitestone Custom Homes in 1998 because he saw a need for a local builder that could provide luxury custom designs and quality at an affordable price.
Atchison Heller Construction's focus on quality, value and being a model organization distinguishes it within the custom homebuilding industry. By Jim Harris and Bianca Herron Atchison Heller Construction strives to be an example for all others in its industry to follow.
Whether it's tapping trends or delivering unparalleled customer service, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa does everything with its guests in mind. By Bianca Herron Before Grand Geneva Resort & Spa became the award-winning year-round destination it is today, Hugh Hefner launched it as the first Playboy Club Hotel in 1968.
Loudermilk Homes is leveraging technology to provide its clients with homes that are not just smart, but brilliant. By Bianca Herron Sherwin Loudermilk founded Loudermilk Homes in 2009 with one goal in mind: to improve the experience and process of luxury homebuilding. The Atlanta-based company has since found success by tapping into Loudermilk's background in computer science.
High Hotels Ltd. aims to become an industry leader by leading the charge for innovation. By Bianca Herron High Hotels Ltd. is an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC and part of the High® companies - a multi-faceted group of businesses with a longstanding tradition for quality products and services since its founding more than 80 years ago.
Rovio Entertainment continues to build on the success of its Angry Birds franchise by leveraging strategic licensing partnerships. By Bianca Herron, Knighthouse Media Rovio began as a start-up mobile games company in 2003. Fifteen years later, it is best known for the "Angry Birds" franchise, which started from a mobile game that hit it big in 2009 when the original Angry Birds game was launched.
The Boy Scouts of America is tapping the best licensing partners to provide its members and consumers with positive outdoor experiences. By Bianca Herron, Knighthouse Editorial Staff With nearly 1 million volunteers and over 50 million alumni, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is not only one of the largest scouting organizations in the United States, but also one of the largest youth organizations with about 2.3 million youth participants.
Ninety-seven-year old Wise Snacks aims to leverage cutting-edge technology and key partnerships to expand into new snack categories. By Bianca Herron Longevity is a goal for which most companies strive, but has proven to be very elusive for the majority of companies.
Social media influencers are carving out their own lane in the licensing industry. By Bianca Herron The use of licensing as a marketing and brand extension tool has increased rapidly over the last 30 years. This includes new media over the past decade, which has sent shock waves through traditional media, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.
Gerber continues to prioritize its standards after 90 years, even as it changes to meet the needs of today's parents and babies. By Bianca Herron After the arduous daily task of straining peas for her seven-month-old daughter, Sally, Dorothy Gerber asked her husband to come up with a convenient and consistent way to puree high-quality fruits and vegetables for their child.
Costa Del Mar plans to be a world-class organization by investing in its people, technology and partnerships. By Bianca Herron After growing tired of wearing sunglasses that didn't stand up to the elements, a group of dedicated fishermen decided to create their own. In 1983, Costa Del Mar was born.
With a new executive team leading licensing and retail, Sony Pictures aims to expand and capitalize on licensing opportunities from existing and new intellectual property.
Barbie and Crayola have joined forces to further inspire creativity and imagination. When Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie, Sejal Shah Miller looked to reinvent Barbie's fashion activity line in 2016, she knew the iconic brand had to team up with a best-in-class partner in the arts and crafts industry.
With their key licensing partnerships and by leveraging major social media platforms, ABG and WWE aim to further grow the Tapout brand.
With its experienced engineers, designers and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, ConcealFab works to exceed its customers' expectations. By Bianca Herron ConcealFab Corp. is a leader in the small cell and outdoor distributed antenna systems (oDAS) concealment market.
Dycon prides itself on completing projects on time and on budget. By Bianca Herron Dycon Enterprises provides general contracting and construction management services for clients in the greater New York City area and surrounding regions. Douglas Yagilowich, a veteran of the industry, founded the company 16 years ago and brought 30 years of experience working with various design/build firms and general contractors.
Delivering on Promises Day Wireless prides itself on its unparalleled experience in solving wireless challenges. By Bianca Herron Day Wireless Systems has been dedicated to applying service excellence and technological innovation in order to solving its clients' problems since 1969.
Construction & Real Estate
Collaborative Construction Management ensures its projects' success by employing a time-tested formula with key trade partners and consultants. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media Collaborative Construction Management (CCM) was founded in 1997 with the idea that successful results are achieved by combining creativity, craft and commerce.
Cameratta Companies prides itself on going above and beyond to exceed its customers' expectations. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media On Schedule Cameratta Companies is a leading full-service real estate development company with four decades of experience.
McCarthy Ranch aims to deliver a high-quality product with the McCarthy Creekside Industrial Center. By Bianca Herron McCarthy Ranch is a sixth-generation family business that got its start as a farm and ranch in the 1800s. COO Joseph McCarthy Jr.
Top Flight Technologies aims to impact many industries with its powerful hybrid electric drone, the Airborg H8 10K. By Bianca Herron MIT alumnus Long Phan (Mechanical Engineering BS, MS, PhD) and a team of engineers and expert advisors helped build the Draper Small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, the world's first fully autonomous helicopter, in the mid-1990s.
DelDOT's latest project will not only improve safety, but also serve as a learning opportunity for future employees. By Bianca Herron Delaware's Department Of Transportation (DelDOT) is responsible for 90 percent of the roads in the state.
Conti Enterprises is collaborating closely with its client and partners to ensure the success of its latest project. By Bianca Herron Founded in 1906, Conti Enterprises is a fourth-generation privately owned construction leader specializing in heavy civil construction, specifically infrastructure improvement projects. On Schedule The Edison, N.J.-based company celebrated its 110-year anniversary last year.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Fast, Clean, Precise: R high-quality plastic components for 50 more years. By Bianca Herron, Knighthouse Media oncelli Plastics aims to provide Roncelli Plastics was founded with one goal in mind in 1969: to provide unparalleled customer service and high-quality plastic components to the industries it served.
Custom Truck One Source prides itself on delivering quality equipment that produces high ROI for customers. By Bianca Herron, Knighthouse Media Editorial Staff "There's no other company like us," Custom Truck One Source CEO Fred Ross says.
AMF Canada works closely with its teammates and suppliers to meet its customers' needs. By Bianca Herron AMF Canada was created in 1945 as general machine shop. Beginning in the 1960s, it refurbished bakery equipment up until the mid-1980s when the company started creating its own equipment, starting by developing the Dough Mixers.
With a newly formed management team, H.S. Die is working to diversify further into automation, and re-establish itself as the North American leader in injection molding design and production. By Bianca Herron Since its inception, H.S.
From its partnerships to its employees, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated remains focused on consistently meeting customer and consumer needs for another 115 years and beyond. By Bianca Herron Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has been committed to the consumers, customers and communities it serves for more than a century.
Lindt & Sprüngli USA aims to tap further into the chocolate market with innovative technologies and a quality, premium product. By Bianca Herron Lindt & Sprüngli is an international manufacturer, distributor and retailer of premium chocolate. Since its founding in Switzerland 170 years ago, the company has been driven by its passion, dedication and innovative spirit to create the ultimate chocolate.
Transportation & Logistics
ATTC is expanding its product line to tap into the consumer market. By Bianca Herron A group of Silicon Valley engineers and marketing professionals founded American Transportation Technology Corporation (ATTC) in 1988 with one goal in mind: to provide innovative, advanced technology products to the transportation industry.
Bahri is working to become a global leader in the shipping and logistics industry. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media Founded in 1978 as the national shipping carrier of Saudi Arabia, Bahri Logistics has since become one of the world's leading transportation and logistics companies.
New York City's DCAS is on track to achieve its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) operates more than 30,000 owned and leased vehicles, the largest municipal fleet in the United States.
Fairfax County Department of Vehicles leverages best-in-class partnerships to ensure it meets the needs of Virginia's Fairfax County. By Bianca Herron, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media The Department of Vehicle Services (DVS) provides fleet management and maintenance services to the Virginia county of Fairfax's fleet and maintenance support to the Fairfax County Public School's (FCPS) vehicle fleet.
Skipper strives to be the recognized industry leader in safety management. By Bianca Herron Alan Bentley founded Skipper with a single idea: to develop a device that could link traffic cones and create safer work-related areas for many industries, including traffic and warehousing.
Venezia Bulk Transport utilizes technology throughout its operations to maintain customer satisfaction and streamline its processes. By Bianca Herron Venezia Bulk Transport Inc. was founded as a specialized niche bulk carrier by a father and son duo - Joseph and Frank Venezia - with one principle in mind: that a trucking company should work hard to provide reliable service to its customers.
Boise Airport aims to make the city of Boise the most livable city in the country. By Bianca Herron Boise Airport is the largest airport in the state of Idaho, serving nearly three million people annually in the metropolitan area, including all of southwestern Idaho and parts of eastern Oregon.
No matter what the challenge, Rock On Companies works diligently to benefit its employees, customers and community. By Bianca Herron In 2001, 25-year-old Krystal Vierkant founded Rock On Companies, an aggregate trucking company. It was a challenging time for Vierkant as she was trying to carve out a lane of her own in a male-dominated industry.
(Images courtesy of Newmediasoup LLC) Dreisbach Enterprises aims to facilitate perishable food imports and exports with Cool Port Oakland. By Bianca Herron Dreisbach Enterprises Inc. is a third-generation family business with more than a half-century of experience managing fresh, chilled and frozen food warehousing and distribution.
Wholesale & Distribution
With key partnerships and talent, JTH Lighting Alliance aims to be an industry leader providing cutting-edge solutions. By Bianca Herron For nearly 30 years, JTH Lighting Alliance has been a leading national independent manufacturer's representative servicing clients - including architects, engineers, lighting and interior designers, lighting showrooms, electrical distributors and contractors - in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
DDI System serves distributors with the innovative functionality of its products and its first-class support. By Bianca Herron When Adam Waller, president and founder of DDI System started the company in 1995, he did so with hands-on experience for distribution needs.
In an ever-changing industry, I.S.K. Industries is working towards being at the forefront of the next big technological innovation. By Bianca Herron Ever since Irving S. Kemp founded I.S.K. Industries Inc. in 1928, the company has continued to build its business on forging strong relationships, solving customer problems and providing lasting solutions.