Welcome to Lenz on Business

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

Listen on Sundays at 11 a.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. “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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Leigh Burns, Director of Community Partnerships, Fox Gives

Leigh Burns, Director of Community Partnerships, Fox Gives

Originally opened in 1929, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. It hosts more than 150 performances each year. From concerts to ballets, comedy, and movies, it attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually. On top of that, the Fox gives back in a big way through Fox Gives, its expanded philanthropic outreach arm. Fox Gives provides historic preservation expertise, consultation, and education to performing arts venues in Georgia and beyond.

With a focus on environmental and economic impact, Fox Gives offers multiyear preservation grants, arts education programs, and vocational mentorship, leveraging resources to stimulate local economies and keep the artistic pulse of communities vibrant. Burns tells us more about Fox Gives, its impact on historic venues and their communities, and much more.

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Sierra Wallis

Sierra Wallis, owner, Odd Bird

As consumers, it’s easy to take for granted all that goes into a retail business, especially independent ones. Evolution, adaptation to customer interest, and rebranding can be part of the process. And this week’s guest has experienced all of that and more. After being a longtime employer of Sq/Ft, a popular gift shop on the downtown Decatur Square in Decatur, Georgia, Sierra Wallis purchased the store and eventually decided to rebrand. The store had morphed from its original incarnation as a primarily a shoe store to a full-fledged gift shop specializing in playfully fun and cheeky gifts, including puzzles, greeting cards, T-shirts, books, housewares, jewelry, socks, and much more. Wallis discusses the process of rebranding, the art of curating inventory, the significance of operating a small retail store, the importance of delegation, and other topics.

Neal Idnani, co-founder and CEO, and Samir Idnani, co-founder and CFO, NaanStop

Neal Idnani, co-founder and CEO, and Samir Idnani, co-founder and CFO, NaanStop

Brothers Neal Idnani and Samir Idnani had a longtime dream of creating a restaurant that would make Indian food more accessible to an American audience. Since 2012, they’ve been doing just that with their NaanStop restaurant concept. NaanStop serves fresh, authentic, and approachable Indian cuisine made from their mother’s recipes in a modern, fast-casual setting. They currently have a trio of popular Atlanta-area locations (Downtown, Atlantic Station, and Buckhead) with more to come. They share an array of colorful adventures and experiences they’ve had along the way, their calculated approach to growth, their franchise plans, and more.

Raphael Holloway and Diane Capriola

Raphael Holloway, CEO, Gateway Center and Diane Capriola, co-founder, Little Shop of Stories and the Decatur Children’s Book Festival

This week’s edition of “Lenz On Business” is extra special with a pair of fantastic guests. Raphael Holloway kicks off the show to tell us more about Gateway Center and how this Atlanta-based nonprofit focuses on the needs of the homeless community. Since 2005, Gateway Center has been making efforts towards their vision of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

They specialize in housing placement and stability, health and wellness, family and community engagement, job skills training and placement, and adult and financial literacy. On Saturday, May 4, Gateway Center will be hosting its 3rd annual Everybody Vs. Homelessness 5K at Westside Park in Atlanta.

Throughout the second half of the program, Diane Capriola takes us behind the scenes of Little Shop of Stories, the popular downtown Decatur children’s bookstore, and how she made her dream a reality. Little Shop of Stories is presenting the inaugural Decatur Children’s Book Festival May 3–5 in downtown Decatur, and Diane tells us all about it.

Doug and Josh of of Your 3rd Spot

Doug Warner, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer and Josh Rossmeisl, Co-Founder and Chief Vision Officer of Your 3rd Spot

This week on the show, we have two of the founders of one of Atlanta’s most interesting, new restaurant concepts. Your 3rd Spot – a unique, technology-driven dining and gaming concept – opened its flagship location in The Works development in Atlanta’s Upper Westside in 2022. Your 3rd Spot blends the elements of a restaurant, bar, beer garden, and social club in a 26,000-square-foot space located in a revitalized historic industrial building.

Your 3rd Spot offers more than 85 games, ranging from board games to bowling, shuffleboard, high-tech darts, and a state-of-the-art curling experience played on synthetic ice. In addition, the space features a retro-modern arcade stocked with classic and modern video games, an indoor cornhole arena, and a 4,000-square-foot patio for more outdoor-oriented activities. Your 3rd Spot is open daily and you can learn more by visiting your3rdspot.com.

Christine Mike and Drew

Mike Killeen, founder of Amplify My Community and the Amplify Decatur Music Festival; Christine Mahin, director of the Amplify Decatur Music Festival; and Drew Robinson, board president of Amplify My Community

On “Lenz On Business,” we often take a look at folks who are using business to make a difference in the world, and this week’s guests do just that. Their work has an incredibly positive impact on the community, and they do this in a big way through the power of music. Amplify My Community is a nonprofit that produces concerts and festivals in order to raise money for other nonprofits working to alleviate homelessness and poverty on the local level. Its signature event is the Amplify Decatur Music Festival, which is presented by Lenz and produced in partnership with Eddie’s Attic. It includes four days of musical events, taking place April 11-14 on and around the Downtown Decatur Square in Decatur, Georgia. The big Amplify Decatur Music Festival ticketed event drops Saturday, April 13 in the Decatur Square. The show features Melissa Etheridge, Dawes, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Run Katie Run, and Jitterbug. You can learn more and purchase tickets by visiting amplifydecatur.org.

Seed & Feed Marching Abominable

Joann Cebulski, Alicia Cardillo, and Patricia Pichado, Seed & Feed Marching Abominable

Whether they’re weaving down the street like a multicolored amoeba in the Inman Park Festival Parade, busting out with an impromptu jam session at a MARTA station, or falling to the asphalt in unison while in mid-march, if you stay in Atlanta long enough, you’ll likely stumble across the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable. The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable is an all-volunteer marching band, known for their wild costumes and spontaneous performances.

Performing throughout Atlanta and on the road, on stages and in unexpected places, they play in support of community events and fundraisers of all kinds. This year the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an array of performances, including the Amplify Decatur Music Festival, taking place Saturday, April 13, featuring headliner Melissa Etheridge. You can learn more about the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable by visiting seedandfeed.org.

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

Sabol is the award-winning owner and president of Atlanta-based plumbing service, PlumbWorks. He’s also a master plumber himself. One of the city’s leading plumbing companies, PlumbWorks has been in business since 1989. The company proudly bears an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. This week Sabol returns to the show and talks with guest host Belinda Skelton about the business and an array of timely issues.

Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose

Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose, co-executive directors and co-founders, Science ATL, the engineers of Atlanta Science Festival, Yvonne Whitaker, NCR Foundation

The Atlanta Science Festival, a celebration of all things science, takes place March 9-23 with more than 150 events dropping throughout metro Atlanta. The Festival takes over the program this week with Salaita serving as guest host. She chats with Rose about operating the Festival, which is celebrating its 11th edition this year. Additionally, the pair chats with Whitaker about the NCR Foundation’s sponsorship of this year’s Festival, its presence at the Festival’s Exploration Expo, and the business dynamic of a nonprofit.

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst

John Ernst, Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

City of Brookhaven, one of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and diverse communities, has seen great growth in recent years. Since becoming a municipality in 2012, it has made incredible strides in many areas, from public safety to infrastructure. A major win that continues for Brookhaven is its community engagement, especially its annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, which returns March 23-24. This music-heavy event draws approximately 45,000 guests, and this year’s line-up includes popular ’90s-era alternative rock acts Live, Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel, Lisa Loeb, and Crash Test Dummies. Former Brookhaven mayor John Ernst remains heavily involved with the event, and he joins us this week to talk about the festival’s economic impact, how the city is able to offer a free music festival to the public, the importance of community engagement, and much more.

Jon Wollenzien, CEO of YourTown Health

Jon Wollenzien, CEO of YourTown Health

This week’s guest will be telling us all about the relevance of community health centers in our country. Wollenzien is CEO of YourTown Health. YourTown Health’s network of seven community health centers serve the communities of Meriwether, Pike, Lamar, Carroll, Coweta, and South Fulton counties. The centers are strategically located in areas facing limited access to affordable, quality healthcare. YourTown Health offers comprehensive preventative, curative, and life-enhancing services. Everything from primary care to chronic disease management, and much more.

Sue Sabol, co-owner, Plumb Works

Sue Sabol, co-owner, Plumb Works

Family businesses are an American tradition, and this week’s guest has a unique perspective of the concept. Sue left a corporate recruiting role after 20 years to join her husband in running Plumb Works, the family business. She talks about the transition, the unique challenges, and the opportunities she’s experienced since she began this role 18 months ago. One of the city’s leading plumbing companies, PlumbWorks has been in business since 1989. The company proudly bears an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. They specialize in an exhaustive amount of plumbing repair, maintenance and installation services. Everything from emergency plumbing and commercial services to drain cleaning, sewer line and water heaters. Plumb Works even has its own free, how-to online video course. Plumb Works Academy teaches simple plumbing maintenance and repair tips. You can visit plumbworksacademy.com to learn more. And you can learn more about PlumbWorks at plumbworksinc.com.

Jeff Patterson, President, Phoenix Parking Solutions

Jeff Patterson, President, Phoenix Parking Solutions

In a bustling city like Atlanta, parking is always a much needed asset. And this week’s guest knows all about the business of parking and how to make it work in a metropolis like Atlanta and beyond. Considered an expert in the parking industry, Patterson brings more than 15 years of industry experience in parking management, logistics, and consulting services to his company. Phoenix Parking Solutions is a nationwide parking management, consulting and EV charging solutions operator based out of Atlanta. The company specializes in a range of parking services for restaurants, hotels, country clubs, shopping centers, and community events, in addition to parking management, logistics, and consulting services. He talks about the breakthrough of technology in his industry, the future of EV, parking challenges in Atlanta, and much more.

Kimberly Beaudin, President and CEO of the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Kimberly Beaudin, President and CEO of the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

College football season recently wrapped up, and many serious fans may be struggling to fill that void. However, Atlanta is the best place to get your college football fix in the off season thanks to the Chick-fil-a College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall has been operating in the city since 2014, and it’s located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s entertainment and attractions district. It features more than 50,000 square feet of entertainment and exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field. Beaudin has been with the Hall of Fame since 2015. In 2020, she was appointed CEO, making her the first female leader of the institution. She discusses what brought the Hall to Atlanta, how she became CEO days before the pandemic shutdown, the economic impact of the attraction, and much more.

Stéphane Lefebvre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Stéphane Lefebvre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, a Canadian company and the largest contemporary circus producer in the world, currently has nearly 4,000 employees representing 80 nationalities. It’s currently presenting more than 45 shows and sells more than 9.5 million tickets annually. Stéphane joined Cirque du Soleil in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and later served as Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to CEO in 2021, and he has navigated the company through a challenging transition, while retaining its esteemed brand reputation and success in the world of live entertainment. Stéphane discusses his business philosophy, how Cirque du Soleil faced pandemic-related business challenges, the future of the brand, and other intriguing topics. Cirque du Soleil Echo is now playing at Atlantic Station Atlanta through January 21.

Sue Sabol, co-owner, Plumb Works

Sue Sabol, co-owner, Plumb Works

Family businesses are an American tradition, and this week’s guest has a unique perspective of the concept. Sue left a corporate recruiting role after 20 years to join her husband in running Plumb Works, the family business. She talks about the transition, the unique challenges, and the opportunities she’s experienced since she began this role 18 months ago. One of the city’s leading plumbing companies, PlumbWorks has been in business since 1989. The company proudly bears an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. They specialize in an exhaustive amount of plumbing repair, maintenance and installation services. Everything from emergency plumbing and commercial services to drain cleaning, sewer line and water heaters. Plumb Works even has its own free, how-to online video course. Plumb Works Academy teaches simple plumbing maintenance and repair tips. You can visit plumbworksacademy.com to learn more. And you can learn more about PlumbWorks at plumbworksinc.com.

John Park, Mayor Elect, City of Brookhaven

John Park, Mayor Elect, City of Brookhaven

The City of Brookhaven, the acclaimed metro Atlanta community with small town charm and big city access, has experienced quite a decade. 11 years ago, it officially transitioned into city hood. And since then it’s achieved notable growth by investing in its police force, improving infrastructure, promoting its cultural diversity, and much more. In January, Brookhaven begins a landmark chapter in its leadership as John Park takes office as mayor. Park won the run-off election for mayor of Brookhaven on December 5. Mayor Elect Park has a longtime record as a member of the Brookhaven City Council. And he’s making history as the first Asian-American Pacific Islander elected as a mayor in Georgia. His goals as mayor include expanding greenspace and improving infrastructure. He’ll also be leading efforts on Brookhaven’s City Centre project, which broke ground in October. He talks about all of this and a whole lot more on this week’s show.

Ralph A. Castillo, CPA, CEO of Morgan Medical Center

Ralph A. Castillo, CPA, CEO of Morgan Medical Center

Independent hospitals are incredibly important to the communities they serve, not only for the health and welfare of the citizens but also due to the fact they create an economic ripple effect. Our guest this week, Ralph Castillo of Morgan Medical Center in Madison, Georgia, has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He discusses how he leads this independent, critical care hospital, how Morgan Medical Center has evolved into what it is today, the fifth anniversary of its current location, and much more. For more than 60 years, Morgan Medical Center has served the people of Morgan County. Morgan Medical Center prides itself on the care they provide through modern technology, enhanced treatment facilities, upgraded amenities, and affordable healthcare.

Nick Johnson, founder and head coach, CrossFit Liminal

Nick Johnson, founder and head coach, CrossFit Liminal

This week on the program we’ll be taking a look at a unique fitness business with an inspiring nonprofit model. Nick Johnson is founder and head coach of CrossFit Liminal, a nonprofit gym in Clarkston, Georgia. Clarkston is known for its refugee population, and CrossFit Liminal is designed to provide services for that community. In addition to regular gym memberships, CrossFit Liminal raises funds to make its services accessible, primarily to Clarkston-area refugees. Additionally, it’s free for youth. In addition to CrossFit Classes, Nutrition Coaching and Education, Personal Training, Yoga and more, CrossFit Liminal offers refugee specific programs. You can learn more at CrossFitLiminal.com.

Madeleine Simmons

Madeleine Simmons, District 3 Councilwoman, City of Brookhaven

Brookhaven, the acclaimed metro Atlanta community with small town charm and big city access, became a municipality 11 years ago, and it’s been evolving ever since. This week’s guest shares her frontline insight on how Brookhaven continues to grow and how its citizens and businesses are benefiting from this. In addition to being a member of the Brookhaven City Council, Simmons is also a partner of the law firm Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys. She discusses how her legal background prepared her for her work with Brookhaven, the importance of acquiring and cultivating green spaces, her goals for her next term, upcoming plans for the city, and much more.

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

Jerome Sabol, owner and president, Plumb Works

On Lenz On Business, we feature business professionals from a variety of different industries, some that may or may not touch our lives as individuals. One industry that most of us have had contact with in one way or another is the plumbing service business. Sabol returns to the program to talk about Plumb Works, a leading Atlanta-based plumbing company that’s been in business since 1989. He discusses everything from the company’s history and evolution to some of the biggest business challenges they’ve faced throughout 2023. Sabol also shares what customers are doing to prepare for the impending winter chill.