Welcome to Lenz on Business

Sponsored by Lenz, Atlanta’s marketing experts since 1992.

Listen on Sundays at 5 p.m. on 95.5 WSB and wsbradio.com

Each week, host Jon Waterhouse 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,” says show founder, Richard J. Lenz, who’s also founder, president, and CEO of Lenz Marketing. “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

Mark Fonseca

Mark Fonseca, co-founder and partner, Pragmetrix Group

CEO’s around the globe often agonize over the secret to client retention. Fonseca’s Atlanta-based business specializes in uncovering that secret and much more for their clients. Pragmetrix Group works with CEOs to help baseline their organization and uncover hidden revenue risks that would otherwise lead to customer defections. As a third party, Pragmetrix Group interviews a company’s customers and shares their unabridged and unedited thoughts. Mark talks with Jon Waterhouse about how his business came together, how it works, and the many ways Pragmetrix Group has saved clients millions of dollars.

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Woody Alpern

Woody Alpern, Rollins Financial Advisors

Part of reaching success is planning for retirement. Our guest this week, Woody Alpern of Rollins Financial Advisors, discusses three retirement tax traps that could needlessly cost you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, in retirement. For the last 30 years, Rollins Financial Advisors has been putting their clients’ interests first. A registered investment advisor and a full-service certified accounting firm, Rollins Financial Advisors provide a full range of financial planning and accounting services. Alpern is a CPA and holds the designation of being a personal financial specialist.

Chuck Wolf

Chuck Wolf, founder WolfPhoto & DesignBar

Wolf is an entrepreneur with quite the track record. Best known for founding Wolf Camera in 1975, his business became one of the most prominent camera/photo-finishing retailers in the country. The field evolved in the late 1990s, and Wolf merged Wolf Camera with Ritz Camera in 2001. After a stint in the marketing world, Wolf reentered the photo business with a new concept: WolfPhoto & DesignBar. This Atlanta-based storefront and online business specializes in producing art, decor and prints from smartphones and digital cameras. Wolf talks about the business lessons he’s learned throughout his storied career, his knack for marketing, and how he’s entering a new entrepreneurial chapter at the age of 80.

Jerome Sabol, owner and president of Plumb Works

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

The Atlanta-based Plumb Works, one of the city’s leading residential plumbing companies, has been operating since 1989 and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Sabol returns to the program to share his business strategies and behind-the-scenes industry knowledge. He talks with Jon Waterhouse about how he is steering his company through a labor shortage, equipment shortage, and inflation. In addition to giving tips on how to prepare plumbing systems for the winter, Sabol discusses how new technology can make plumbing maintenance easier.

Dan Carroll

Dan Carroll, Director of Media Engagement, Dragon Con

If you spot Hobbits, superheroes, Klingons, wizards, and other colorful characters in downtown Atlanta Labor Day Weekend, it’s all because of Dragon Con. Dragon Con is the ultra-successful pop culture convention that takes over the heart of the city for five days each year. Not only does Dragon Con do bang-up business itself by attracting thousands upon thousands of guests, but it’s also a big shot in the arm for many Atlanta businesses. Dan Carroll returns to the program to give us this scoop on the 2022 edition and a whole lot more.

Dr. Donovan Christie

Dr. Donovan Christie, medical director, QC Kinetix

This week our sister program “The Weekly Check-up,” a healthcare talk show, takes over the “Lenz On Business” time slot with a special presentation featuring guest Dr. Donovan Christie, medical director of QC Kinetix. The Atlanta-based medical practice specializes in regenerative medicine to help their patients find relief from chronic pain due to injury, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Sean Rabideauc and Jessica Powers

Sean Rabideaux, senior vice president, and Jessica Powers, senior loan consultant, Milend

When it comes to mortgage lending, no one knows more than the experts at Milend. Their award-winning services date back to 1995 and continue to help clients find mortgages that best meet their needs. With Milend, clients have access to quality advice and affordable loan options. On this episode, Sean Rabideaux, senior vice president, and Jessica Powers, senior loan consultant, share their insights and expertise in the mortgage lending industry with host Jon Waterhouse.

Loretta Goodson

Loretta Goodson, CEO of University Cancer and Blood Center

This week we’ll be learning about University Cancer and Blood Center, an eminent leader in oncology and hematology since 1981. As the second most prolific clinical trial facility in Georgia, it continues to play a vital role in helping advance cancer treatment research. Loretta Goodson, CEO of University Cancer and Blood Center, chats with Jon Waterhouse about the beginnings of the organization, milestones, management tools, innovative cancer treatments, and much more.

Nicole Altamirano and Mandy Ramer

Nicole Altamirano, laser specialist and medical aesthetician, and Mandy Ramer, nurse practitioner, Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics

On this week’s show, we take a look at the business of cosmetic and aesthetic procedures with Nicole Altamirano, a laser specialist and medical aesthetician, and Mandy Ramer, a nurse practitioner, with Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics. They explain CoolSculpting technology, discuss the benefits of seeing your dermatologist for injectables, how to choose a quality provider, how COVID has impacted aesthetic trends, and much more.

Kelsey Hamilton

Kelsey Hamilton sales associate, Coldwell Banker Realty Lanier

Despite the pandemic, the business of residential real estate has been experiencing a boom these past couple of years. And this week’s guest knows that industry well. Kelsey is a rising star in the single-family housing market and specializes in the northern part of the metro Atlanta area. Her background is in multi-family housing. She transitioned into the single-family housing market in 2019, and her first 36 sales were all listings. Kelsey talks with host Jon Waterhouse about rising interest rates, the looming recession’s impact on the real estate market, what to look for in an agent and a lender, and more.

Dr. Donovan Christie

Dr. Donovan Christie, medical director, QC Kinetix

This week our sister program “The Weekly Check-up,” a healthcare talk show, takes over the “Lenz On Business” time slot for a special presentation featuring guest Dr. Donovan Christie, medical director of QC Kinetix. The Atlanta-based medical practice specializes in regenerative medicine to help their patients find relief from chronic pain due to injury, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

John Loud

John Loud, President of Loud Security Systems

Like many businesses, the home security industry has transformed in recent years, thanks in large part to advancing technology. This week’s guest has seen this business evolve across the past two decades. John Loud, president of Loud Security Systems, talks with producer Jon Waterhouse about the genesis of his business, the impact of the pandemic on his industry, the future of the home security business, and more.

Jerome Sabol, owner and president of Plumb Works

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

The Atlanta-based Plumb Works, one of the city’s leading residential plumbing companies, has been operating since 1989 and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Sabol returns to the program to share his business strategies and behind-the-scenes industry knowledge. He talks with Jon Waterhouse about how he is steering his company through a labor shortage, equipment shortage, and inflation. In addition to giving tips on how to prepare plumbing systems for the winter, Sabol discusses how new technology can make plumbing maintenance easier.

Gaan Akers, Clinical Education and Referral Relations Manager, and Amy Rene, Vice President of Clinical Programs, Hillside, Inc.

Gaan Akers, Clinical Education and Referral Relations Manager, and Amy Rene, Vice President of Clinical Programs, Hillside, Inc.

This week we’ll be learning about Hillside, a longstanding leader in the field of youth and family mental health services. Its mission is to help 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. Amy and Gaan talk with Jon Waterhouse about Hillside’s history, its programs, the current mental health crisis in America, and much more.

Alicia Dean and Dwight Icenhower (Elvis Presley tribute artist)

Alicia Dean, Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland, and Dwight Icenhower, Elvis Presley tribute artist

As the film “Elvis” arrives in cinemas worldwide, we take the opportunity to talk about the business of Elvis Presley, one of the most recognized and celebrated entertainers of all time. Alicia Dean is a marketing, promotion, and events specialist for Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland, the Memphis, Tenn.-based tourist attraction. Since opening for tours in 1982, Graceland has welcomed more than 22 million visitors from around the world.  Later in the program, five-time world champion Elvis Presley tribute artist Dwight Icenhower (@dicenhower.eta) joins the show. In addition to managing his own career, Dwight won the 2016 Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, appeared in an Apple commercial in 2018, and continues to perform around the world. Jon Waterhouse chats with Alicia and Dwight about the new film, what’s happening at Graceland, tribute artists, Elvis world, and much more.

Bruce Mesnekoff

Bruce Mesnekoff, president Georgia Health Clinics

Our guest this week is an entrepreneur, published author, and the founder and president of Georgia Health Clinics. Georgia Health Clinics maintains an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and offers nonsurgical wellness solutions, including men’s and women’s sexual health, chronic pain management, and skincare and aesthetics. Mesnekoff talks with Jon Waterhouse about what prompted him to step into the healthcare industry, his experiences launching a successful business during the pandemic, tips for entrepreneurs when facing fast company growth, and more.

Dr. Donovan Christie

Dr. Donovan Christie, founder, Anwan Regenerative Center

After years in the healthcare field, this week’s guest became an entrepreneur and opened his own concierge practice specializing in lifestyle medicine. Dr. Christie’s business, Anwan Regenerative Center, practices anti-aging functional medicine and focuses on utilizing the triad of good nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Dr. Christie talks with Jon Waterhouse about what led him to open his own practice, his current perspective on healthcare, the definition of lifestyle and regenerative medicine, business lessons he’s learned along the way, and more.

Stephen Moore, president, RCS Productions and Todd Elmore, general manager, RCS Productions

Stephen Moore, president, RCS Productions and Tod Elmore, general manager, RCS Productions

In this episode, listeners get a backstage pass perspective of the live music industry. This Atlanta-based talent buyer and concert and event production company has been operating since 1982. RCS Productions offers a suite of services, including booking talent, providing staging, sound, lights, video, and even amphitheater design. They help orchestrate everything from music festivals to the venue and corporate performances. Moore and Elmore talk with Jon Waterhouse about how the pandemic has affected the live music industry, how it’s bouncing back, what inflation means to live events, and various other topics.

Floyd Hall and Hannah Redler Hawes

Floyd Hall and Hannah Redler-Hawes, co-curators, Science Gallery at Emory University

Of course, science and business cross-pollinate in many ways. On this week’s episode, Jon Waterhouse talks with a pair of individuals representing an Atlanta-based, science-related nonprofit that’s presenting science to the public in creative and thoughtful ways. Science Gallery at Emory University brings science, art, technology, and design together to deliver world-class educational and cultural experiences. Floyd and Hannah are co-curators of the organization’s inaugural exhibition, “HOOKED: When Want Becomes Need.” It’s a visually compelling and thought-provoking look at the world of addiction and recovery. Science Gallery at Emory University is part of the international Science Gallery Network and one of only eight of its kind in the world. The guests talk about the unique exhibition, the topic of addiction and its relevance, the partnership with Emory University, and more.

Dr. Jodi Ganz

Dr. Jodi Ganz, Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which is a great opportunity to have this week’s guest back on the program. Previously, Dr. Ganz talked about the business side of dermatology and what it’s like running an independent medical practice today. She talks with Jon Waterhouse about those topics and more, from the prevalence of telehealth to physician burnout.

Tony Swantek and Stephanie Wood

Tony Swantek, founder, and Stephanie Wood, senior associate, Jorns & Associates

Of course, the pandemic has affected all of our lives, and businesses have been facing a myriad of challenges for the past two years. But help is out there. This week’s guests specialize in helping businesses receive financial assistance, which can be a substantial lifeline. Jorns ERC, a division of Jorns & Associates, works with small businesses to help them get funding, specifically an Employee Retention Credit, which is a tax credit program that’s part of the CARES Act. Tony Swantek and Stephanie Wood talk with Jon Waterhouse about how the ERC process works and so much more.