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Each week, host Richard J. Lenz—founder, president, and CEO of Lenz Marketing—speaks with Atlanta’s business leaders to explore their inspiring stories, lessons learned, and tips for growth and success. From big business execs to indie entrepreneurs, these guests not only share their practical secrets, but also unveil the personalities behind the careers.

“Business touches all our lives and deserves to be explored,” said Richard J. Lenz. “Lenz on Business taps into the excitement and dynamics of business; the colorful characters who drive these companies, their entrepreneurial adventures, and the innovative ways they thrive and survive in today’s world.”

Upcoming Lenz on Business Show

Jay Rodgers

Jay Rodgers, Owner, Full Moon Studio

This week’s show airs at a special time and day. Tune into this Lenz on Business show on 95.5 WSB at 1 PM on Sunday, September 27.

On this week’s episode, we take a look behind the curtain at Full Moon Studio, a recording studio located in the music mecca of Athens, Georgia. Rodgers talks about his journey from intern to owner, the ever-evolving studio recording industry, how he diversifies his business, the effects of COVID-19, some of his famous clients, and more.

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Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell, Owner, Mitchell Cooling + Heating

Nearly 30 years ago, equipped with little more than a truck and $10,000, Mitchell started his own heating and air conditioning business. Today he and his team continue serving metro Atlanta and North Georgia, banking on basic business philosophies such as customer service, honesty, and avoiding upselling. Mitchell joins producer Jon Waterhouse for a conversation about what it’s like starting a business from the ground up, when and how to grow, employee retention, and a whole lot more.

Benjamin Lefkove and Ron Sanders

Dr. Benjamin Lefkove and Ron Sanders, founders Viral Solutions

In the midst of the COVID-19 testing crisis, Dr. Lefkove, an emergency physician, and Ron Sanders, a physician’s assistant, saw a need. After having worked closely together for years, they founded Viral Solutions in an effort to offer the best diagnostic COVID-19 testing possible in a timely manner for all, including the uninsured. They talk about the challenges of starting their own business, finding the right partner, and the future of Viral Solutions post pandemic.

Rachael Collier, Practice Leader and Senior Benefits Consultant, and Tina Macey, Senior Client Engagement Consultant, Total Employee Benefits

Rachael Collier, Practice Leader and Senior Benefits Consultant, and Tina Macey, Senior Client Engagement Consultant, Total Employee Benefits

This week we take a look at employee benefits, certainly something relevant during the COVID-19 era. We hear from Collier and Macey of Total Employee Benefits, an insurance broker that not only sells employee benefits plans, but helps clients navigate coverage options to enrollment, onboarding, claims care, and renewals. They discuss topics including COVID-19’s impact on employee benefits, how the pandemic has affected claims, and how health insurance covers unlimited amounts of COVID-19 testing in and out of network.

Keisha Jackson

Keisha Jackson, owner One Voice Entertainment

On this episode, we take a look at how COVID-19 is impacting the local entertainment industry, and how one entrepreneur is making it work to her advantage. Keisha Jackson began her career at age 15, providing background vocals for her mother, legendary soul singer, Millie Jackson. Keisha went on to carve out her own recording career with Sony Records, as well as singing on recordings for Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and more. She’s toured with OutKast, Erykah Badu, Faith Evans, and others, and she currently performs with Yacht Rock Revue.

In 2001, she founded One Voice Entertainment, a vocal coaching talent agency. She’s also a certified life coach, public speaker, and host of her own podcast The Vent Box. Keisha talks about how she’s adapted her business during COVID-19, the future of live music, and more.

Tune into Lenz on Business every Saturday at 6 PM on 95.5 WSB!

Jerome Sabol, owner and president of Plumb Works

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

After operating for more than 30 years, Plumb Works continues to be one of Atlanta’s leading plumbing companies and proudly bears an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. Sabol, an award-winning owner/operator, talks with producer Jon Waterhouse about how to acquire business savvy through professional resources, the company’s training policy, the importance of customer service and reliability, and navigating growth amid a pandemic.

Tune into Lenz on Business every Saturday at 6 pm on 95.5 WSB, or stream online at https://www.wsbradio.com/.

Dr. Chad Copper and Dr. Ronald Lewis, co-directors, Hernia Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Dr. Chad Copper and Dr. Ronald Lewis, co-directors, Hernia Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Recently Lenz on Business has been talking with a variety of healthcare professionals, checking the pulse on the business of healthcare during COVID-19. This week producer Jon Waterhouse talks with Drs. Copper and Lewis about elective surgeries during the pandemic, wearing the caps of both an executive and a surgeon, worker’s compensation, and more.

YourTown Health

Jon Wollenzien, CEO, and Luke Putnam, Director of Human Resources, YourTown Health

Wollenzien and Putnam visit the program to talk about YourTown Health’s network of nonprofit community health centers, each strategically located in areas facing limited access to affordable, quality healthcare. They explain this healthcare model, talk employee retention, and more. Wollenzien and Putnam also share YourTown Health’s unique response to COVID-19 testing, which finds mobile units hitting the street and executive leadership suiting up in PPE to help get the job done.

Cleve Gaddis, managing partner and broker, Gaddis Partners RE/Max Center

Of course, business owners and customers alike are looking at business practices in new ways during the COVID-19 era, and real estate is certainly no exception. What’s going on in the market right now? Is it a good time to sell or buy? Is it safe to go house hunting? Gaddis answers these and other questions, while dishing eye-opening, Atlanta-area real estate facts, figures, and advice.

Dan Fellner, CEO of Georgia Urology

Dan Fellner, CEO of Georgia Urology

As the recently-named CEO of the largest urology practice in Georgia, Dan didn’t take the typical path to the CEO chair. He brings nearly 25 years of law practice and human resources experience to the table. How will this give him a unique perspective? Dan talks about this and other topics, from medical distancing during COVID-19 to team building and employee retention.

Tune into Lenz on Business every Saturday at 6 PM on 95.5 WSB radio or stream online.

Steve Leondis with Horizon Air Freight

Steve Leondis, Owner and CEO of Horizon Air Freight

Lenz On Business often shares inspiring business stories and this week’s guest brings plenty to the table. 50 years ago, Steve’s immigrant father Anthony started Horizon Air Freight, equipped with little more than a small amount of capital and a dream. Today, Steve continues carrying his dad’s torch as Horizon Air Freight delivers critical marine spare parts, supplies, and equipment from vendors worldwide to customer vessels. This includes container ships, tankers, and cargo vessels to US Naval fleets and cruise ships to offshore oil, gas, and wind platforms. Additionally, Steve is a member of the 2020 class of the Legends of Ivy League Basketball, and his philanthropy includes his daughter Devon Leondis’ nonprofit Project Nyame Nsa.

John Lenz, Richard Lenz, Mike Killeen, Lenz on Business

John Lenz, vice president, and Mike Killeen, vice president of marketing Lenz Marketing

What does Richard Lenz do when he’s not hosting the show? He’s founder, president, and CEO of Lenz Marketing, a downtown Decatur-based marketing agency. This unique episode finds Richard in the studio with his two partners, John Lenz and Mike Killeen, discussing topics including family relationships in the workplace, how to balance project diversity, continuing education, and more.

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell, Owner, Mitchell Cooling + Heating

Nearly 30 years ago, equipped with little more than a truck and $10,000, Mitchell started his own heating and air conditioning business. Today he and his team continue serving metro Atlanta and North Georgia, banking on basic business philosophies such as customer service, honesty, and avoiding upselling. Mitchell joins producer Jon Waterhouse for a conversation about what it’s like starting a business from the ground up, when and how to grow, employee retention, and a whole lot more.

Hal Scherz MD FAAP FACS

Dr. Hal Scherz, managing partner, Georgia Urology

Recently we’ve been talking with business leaders —from restaurateurs to executives— about the effects of COVID-19. This time we speak with Dr. Hal Scherz, a leader among Atlanta’s healthcare landscape, who serves as managing partner for Georgia Urology, the largest urology practice in the Southeast. Dr. Scherz is also an award-winning pediatric urologist, Wall Street Journal contributor, and former president of the American Association of Pediatric Urology. He chats with producer Jon Waterhouse about the challenges of operating a healthcare practice during COVID-19, how Georgia Urology changed its business approach during the pandemic, and the importance of not forgoing significant office visits.

Nicole Moore, Director of Education, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Nicole Moore, Director of Education, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

This week we welcome a timely return visit from Nicole Moore from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. As director of education for the Atlanta-based Center, Nicole shares her unique perspective on several topics, including its history, how operations have changed during COVID-19, the Center’s Campaign for Equal Dignity, and how it’s more than a museum. She’ll also inform listeners on ways we can help the National Center for Civil and Human Rights foster change regarding social injustice.

John Schuerholz, Allan Vela, and Richard Lenz

John Schuerholz, former Atlanta Braves GM and President, and Allan Vela, President and CEO of the Fox Theatre, Atlanta

Since many are longing for baseball season, now is the perfect time to revisit Richard’s interview with John Schuerholz, an inductee in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He also co-authored the book “Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball’s Winningest GM.” As a bonus, producer Jon Waterhouse checks in with Allan Vela, president and CEO of the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, discussing the fate of the live entertainment business post COVID-19.

Aaron McPherson

Aaron McPherson, Vice President of Integrated Care Services, Institute on Aging

McPherson, a seasoned healthcare executive, discusses how he went back to school through Georgia College’s WebMBA program, despite being located in Alaska. He shares online graduate school tips and tricks, and how attaining an MBA helps with career advancement.

Sanitize and Protect by Classic Commercial Services

Randy and Justin Longenbach, Classic Commercial Services

Richard talks to the two generations behind Atlanta-based Classic Commercial Services, a commercial cleaning company in operation for nearly 50 years. They specialize in floor and textile care, emergency water restoration, and more in venues ranging from hotels to corporate offices to hospitals and all points in between. Randy and Justin discuss their new product, Sanitize & Protect. This antimicrobial barrier protects treated surfaces from 99.9 percent of bacteria, mold, and fungi up to one year.

Wylonda Jones

Wylonda Jones, director of post acute admissions, Emory Long-Term Acute Care Hospital, Decatur

When going from a non-business specialty to a leadership position in that field, some additional business savvy wouldn’t hurt, right? Well, this week we’ll be talking to Wylonda Jones, director of post acute admissions at the Emory Long-Term Acute Care Hospital in Decatur. She spent years in the medical field as a clinician and later rose to a leadership position. She was already leading employees, but had a desire to go back to school and get an MBA, more than 20 years after graduation. She talks about juggling a demanding job and navigating her way through Georgia College’s Web MBA program.

Emily Acker and Adam Silberman of Hillside, Inc.

Emily Acker, CEO, Hillside, Inc. and Dr. Adam Silberman, Medical Director, Hillside, Inc.

This week we hear from a pair of staffers from one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofits, dating all the way back to 1888. Hillside, a longstanding leader in the field of youth and family mental health services, helps children and families thrive by providing residential and community mental health services for children and adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. For many, Hillside’s services are more important now than ever before. Acker and Dr. Silberman talk about dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), youth mental health during the pandemic, and more.

Kyle Puttkammer

Kyle Puttkammer, Owner of Galactic Quest

Like all retailers, Puttkammer, who owns a pair of acclaimed metro Atlanta-based comic book shops, finds himself facing the daunting challenges of COVID-19. With the publishing world turned on its ear, Puttkammer had to think fast. This longtime comic book professional discusses how he’s been handling and rethinking his business, offers tips to other small business owners, and predicts the lasting effect the pandemic will have on the publishing world.