Welcome to Lenz on Business
Sponsored by Lenz, Atlanta’s marketing experts since 1992.
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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.”
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Our sponsors return to the show to talk about their profession, their business, and to pull back the curtain on one of the most challenging things anyone could face, and that’s divorce. They’ll discuss the costs of divorce, why to partner with a lawyer, the complications of divorce, and more.
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Now in his second term as mayor of Brookhaven, a city in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta, John Ernst has a deep passion for his hometown. He joins Jon Waterhouse to talk about city development, innovation in policing, the projects he’s most proud of, and ways to bring a community together. The latter includes special events such as the upcoming 2021 Cherry Blossom Summer Block Party, featuring an outdoor concert, food trucks, and other attractions.
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.
Healthcare continues to remain on everyone’s minds these days, and this week we’ll be taking a look at the pharmaceutical business, specifically an Atlanta-based compounding pharmacy. Escay talks about the role of a compounding pharmacy, what Pavilion has to offer, its scope of COVID-19 drugs, and the difference between the COVID-19 tests available.
Aluisy joins us to talk about this disease and illness prevention facility that offers CT imaging services to individuals interested in the early detection of heart disease and cancer. It serves as a solution for those looking for additional diagnostic options. Aluisy explains how this business evolved, the relevance of heart, lung, and full-body scans, patient success stories, and more.
Periodically, our sponsors visit the show to talk about their profession, their business, and to pull back the curtain on one of the most challenging things anyone could face, and that’s divorce. This time Mike Bean and Mindy Smith dig deep into the topics of child support and alimony.
If you’ve spent any time trekking the nation’s highways, you’ve at the very least seen the signs or perhaps visited a Stuckey’s location. These roadside pit stops are experiencing a new era thanks to this week’s guest. Having served for more than a decade in the Georgia House of Representatives, Stephanie Stuckey is now CEO of Stuckey’s, the company her grandfather founded more than 80 years ago. She talks with Jon Waterhouse about purchasing the company and what it has been like breathing new life into an iconic brand.
We periodically take a look at the business side of healthcare, and on this week’s show, we’ll be featuring a primary care management service organization. What’s that you may ask? This regionally-focused primary care management services organization and its affiliated practices partner with independent primary care providers. The goal is to expand access to high-quality care and to improve the health of the communities they serve. Lisle discusses the challenges and advantages of the management service organization field, and a whole lot more.
Dr. Ganz joins “Lenz On Business” to talk about the business side of dermatology and what it’s like running an independent medical practice. She touches on the importance of building community, why physicians should have a strong understanding of the business aspects of their field, the private equity movement, and the aesthetics boom that’s been taking place during the pandemic.
The topic of divorce isn’t something anyone looks forward to discussing, but many face the issue every day. And this episode’s special guests use their businesses to help make the process of divorce easier for their clients. Mike Bean and Mindy Smith share their advice, thoughts, and professional experiences regarding the financial aspects of divorce.
A former food writer, Meridith stepped away from the newsroom and into the kitchen to open Cremalosa, a Decatur-based gelato shop. The handmade, artisanal gelato is spun in small batches every day with the expertise of Italian technique. Meridith brings a special touch to age-old Italian methods, creating sweet frozen treats of powerful American flavors inspired by the Southern cakes, cookies, and candy bars she grew up with. She talks with Jon Waterhouse about opening a shop at the beginning of the pandemic, making the transition from journalism to restauranteur, and much more.
We kick off Mental Health Awareness Month with a visit from a pair of professionals from Hillside, a longstanding leader in the field of youth and family mental health services. Hillside helps children and families thrive by providing residential and community mental health services for children and adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Acker and Dr. Silberman discuss the variety of services available at Hillside, what people are looking for these days, suicide prevention and treatment, and more.
After seeing the need for additional COVID-19 testing in the Atlanta area, this duo founded Viral Solutions, drive-through testing facilities with no appointment required. This was done in an effort to offer the best diagnostic testing possible in a timely manner for all, including the uninsured. Today, Viral Solutions has added vaccine administration into the mix. They return to the show to talk about this new era of the COVID-19 pandemic, the logistics of vaccinating the public, the many challenges, and much more.
Even amid a pandemic, folk art sales remain strong. This bodes well with this week’s guest, whose Buford-based company has been conducting folk art auctions since 1994. Slotin’s Spring Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale takes place on April 24. They hope sales compare to their most recent event. Slotin Folk Art’s Fall Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale in November 2020 was one of the auction house’s most successful with total revenues of $1.48 million. Slotin joins co-host Jon Waterhouse to talk about the secondary art sales market, growing his business, the popularity of self-taught art, and much more.
The home real estate market continues to be super hot right now and this week’s guest brings a strong perspective. Jenni oversees the operations of Atlanta’s first residential real estate firm and was honored as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs of 2020. She shares her residential real estate savvy with Jon Waterhouse and talks about the 2020 boom, the forecast for the remainder of 2021, the idea of a seller’s market, buying trends, and more.
This Atlanta-bred brand of canned, premade cocktails is already shaking and stirring the alcoholic beverage industry. Having just launched in 2019, Tip Top Proper Cocktails has experienced great growth and publicity. They’ve been covered in the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun, and elsewhere. Cohen pops the top on his background in the music festival business, the product’s inspiration, the unique start-up story, and the company’s recent partnership with Delta Air Lines.
Paces Properties, a commercial real estate developer, has been making an impact on the Atlanta-area landscape since 1972. They create new landmarks and revitalize old ones, and foster community with retail, restaurant, office, and residential properties. David shares the stories behind their acclaimed projects, including Vinings Jubilee, Krog Street Market, and Atlanta Dairies.
After experiencing the challenges of a divorce, Mike Bean realized there was a need for a business that could demystify the financial aspects of divorce. So he created Divorce Sense, which works with both the wage earner and the non-working spouse to help bring clarity to what a financial divorce settlement and post-divorce financial life will look like. Mike and his colleague Lauren Tanksley talk about the services they provide, the most common questions they hear from clients, and some success stories they’ve experienced along the way.
Sabol returns to the program to talk about one of Atlanta’s leading and longstanding plumbing companies. He’ll chat with host Jon Waterhouse about how the company continues approaching business amid the pandemic, and how the new apprentice program with Georgia Plumbing Association could help the current unemployment crisis. Sabol also puts the spotlight on the new Plumb Works Academy, a free, how-to online video course offering simple plumbing maintenance and repair tips for homeowners.
STEAM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, obviously plays a huge part in the business world, and Atlanta is quite the science town. And this week we’ll be taking a deep dive into the Atlanta Science Festival, a two-week celebration of science and technology. Meisa Salaita of Atlanta Science Festival joins Jon Waterhouse to talk about the Festival’s return March 13-27. This year the Atlanta Science Festival is a virtual and in-person hybrid with more than 80 events. Meisa discusses how the Festival has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the country, how they’re pivoting during the pandemic, and why science is more important now than ever.