Welcome to Lenz on Business, Presented by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Listen on Saturday nights at 6 on News 95.5, AM 750 WSB, and wsbradio.com

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

Steve Woods, co-founder of Pinnacle Home Improvements

About a decade ago, this week’s guest and a partner started a home improvements business from the ground floor up, pun intended. Steve Woods and Jim Marino began Pinnacle Home Improvements by going door-to-door selling roofs and gutter systems. Today Pinnacle not only operates out of Atlanta, but also has branches in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee. Steve visits the WSB studio and tells guest host Jon Waterhouse the secret to his success, management and sales force tips, and what it was like participating on the TV program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Recent Lenz on Business Shows

Mark Galvin, CEO and founder of ePresence

Our resident social media expert drops in to talk with guest host Jon Waterhouse about Facebook’s recent F8 Conference, social media algorithms, how to use native video to impact your business, and much more.

Mike Reeves

Mike Reeves, Atlanta restaurant and live music entrepreneur

Atlanta is one of the top culinary destinations in the country and produces a soundtrack like no other. This week’s guest, Mike Reeves, has had his hands in both food and music in Atlanta. He not only co-founded Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurants and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, but he was co-founder of some of Atlanta’s most iconic live music clubs: Cotton Club, the Point, and Smith’s Olde Bar. Reeves shares restaurant start-up secrets and behind-the-scenes rock ‘n’ roll stories, including hanging with David Bowie and other legends.

Karen Sedatole

Karen Sedatole, Professor of Accounting, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

It’s easy to simply describe accounting as a numbers game, but it’s much more than that. In fact, it’s a multifaceted discipline and one that this week’s guest researches for a living. How does accounting play a role in business forecasting and performance reviews? Award-winning researcher Karen Sedatole answers these and other questions.

Greg McGarity

Greg McGarity, Director of Athletics at University of Georgia

The University of Georgia has one of the most respected athletics programs in the nation. Leading that charge is Greg McGarity, Director of Athletics at UGA. McGarity stops by “Lenz on Business” to talk about the 2018 G-Day game, the school’s 21-sport athletics program, Sanford Stadium’s renovations, and more.

Mike Mewbourne of Prichard & Jerden

Mike Mewbourne of Pritchard & Jerden

Health insurance continues to be a hot topic these days, and this week “Lenz on Business” takes a look at the business side of the health insurance landscape. Host Richard Lenz talks with someone who’s in the trenches on a daily basis: Mike Mewbourne, Vice President of Employee Benefits and principal at Pritchard & Jerden, a commercial insurance consulting firm.

Mike Killeen, Christine Mahin, and Jared & Amber of Amplify Decatur Music Festival

What’s the business behind a music festival with heart? Host Richard Lenz finds out as he chats with the folks behind the Amplify Decatur Music Festival, an annual event that raises money to fight poverty and homelessness. Guests include Amplify My Community founder Mike Killeen, festival director Christine Mahin, and an in-the-studio performance by acoustic duo Jared & Amber. Amplify returns to the downtown square on Saturday, April 14, 2018 with an all-star Americana line-up that includes The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Amanda Shires, and Parker Millsap. All funds raised at the third annual festival will be directed to Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) to support its efforts to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County. The 2017 concert series featured Lucinda Williams and raised $40,000 for DCM.

Mark Galvin, CEO and founder of ePresence

Mark Galvin, our social media master, pays another visit to the studio and drops an array of business-related social media knowledge in the process. He and host Richard Lenz address a variety of timely topics in the social media spectrum. Mark serves as CEO and founder of ePresence, which manages personal branding for professionals via social media. #tunein

Ann Carol Pence and Anthony Rodriguez of Aurora Theatre

Ann-Carol Pence and Anthony Rodriguez of Aurora Theatre

On the next episode of “Lenz on Business,” guest host Jon Waterhouse takes a look behind the curtain at the business of theatre. More specifically, he explores the acclaimed Aurora Theatre based out of downtown Lawrenceville, Ga. Among other things, Aurora brings Broadway-quality productions, including its latest “Mama Mia!,” to the suburbs. Aurora’s co-founders and artistic directors Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence reveal what it takes to make a nonprofit theater work for 22 seasons, and how to raise $26 million.

Chuck Leavell and Joel Babbit of Mother Nature Network

To say this episode rocks would be an understatement. And it does so, literally. Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for The Rolling Stones, and Joel Babbit, Atlanta’s marketing guru, stop by the studio. Leavell and Babbit are the co-founders of MotherNatureNetwork.com (MNN.com), the most-visited environmental Website on the planet with approximately 7 to 8 million unique visits per month. And its parent company, Narrative Content Group, not only operates its own Websites, but works with mega brands including CNN and Discovery Communications. The duo talk about their business collaborations, including the upcoming White House Correspondents’ Jam concert event. Of course, Leavell gives us a backstage peek at The Rolling Stones.

Grant Wainscott of Metro Atlanta Chamber

The Atlanta business community continues to grow and thrive, and the folks at the Metro Atlanta Chamber help make that happen. This week host Richard Lenz welcomes Grant Wainscott, Senior Director of Technology Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Wainscott works to retain, expand and attract technology jobs and investment to the metro Atlanta region. He’ll talk about how they work to lure big businesses to the city, the current state of the entertainment business in Atlanta, and much more.