Entries by Lenz on Business

Chris Staros, editor-in-chief of Top Shelf Productions

This week guest host Jon Waterhouse discusses the business of graphic novels with Chris Staros, editor-in-chief of Top Shelf Productions, one of the world’s leading independent publishers of literary graphic novels. Since its inception in 1997, Top Shelf has published more than 350 graphic novels, including the New York Times best selling “March” trilogy. Staros […]

Jared Powell, Center for Disease Control, graduate of the online MMIS program at Georgia College

What happens when you’re in the midst of earning your masters degree in business and the on-campus program changes into an online program? This happened to Georgia College graduate Jared Powell. Powell, who earned his Master of Management Information Systems degree, talks to guest host Jon Waterhouse about the differences between on-campus and online learning, how […]

Bill Crane, founder and Principal of CSI Crane

This week host Richard Lenz welcomes Crane, who’s worked as a senior communications strategist for the better part of 25 years. He’s served in senior communications staff positions under Georgia’s Gold Dome as well as on Capitol Hill, working for two U.S. Senators and one Governor, in both major political parties. Bill is one of […]

Derrick Johnson, president of UPS South Atlantic District

Those brown delivery trucks are unmistakable. United Parcel Service, aka UPS, seems to be everywhere. But there’s much more to the iconic company. The UPS headquarters is right here in Atlanta, Georgia. And this week we’ll be talking to Derrick Johnson, president of UPS South Atlantic District, who gives guest host Jon Waterhouse a behind-the-scenes look at UPS […]

Tom Garrett, CEO & Founder of GPS Hospitality

This week guest host Jon Waterhouse talks quick service restaurant franchising with Tom Garrett, CEO & Founder of GPS Hospitality. A Burger King and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee, GPS Hospitality operates more than 400 restaurants and is set to surpass its goal of $1 billion in revenue in its first 10 years.

Dr. Karl Manrodt, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business

As consumers in today’s world, we want our products yesterday. We often forget it takes logistics to store and deliver goods and services for the public. And there’s so much more to it than that. Dr. Manrodt, an expert in the field, sheds light on this specialty and what the future holds for logistics as […]

Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose, co-founders and co-executive directors of Atlanta Science Festival

This week guest host Jon Waterhouse puts the business behind the Atlanta Science Festival under the microscope by talking with Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose, the event’s co-founders and co-executive directors. The pair talk about the Festival’s relationship with Delta Air Lines, Atlanta’s science-related businesses and professionals who are participating, and the Festival itself, taking […]

Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Senior Vice President and Chief ESG and Communications Officer at Aflac

A true superstar in the world of marketing, branding, and communications, Hernandez-Blades chats with guest host Jon Waterhouse about her journey to Aflac, how she helped redefine Aflac’s communications, and how she became passionately involved with the company’s childhood cancer philanthropy. The latter includes the My Special Aflac Duck project, a social robot duck used […]

Pat Warner, director of public relations and external affairs for Waffle House

This week guest host Jon Waterhouse figuratively steps behind the counter of Waffle House, the iconic restaurant chain. Warner, a 20-year veteran of the company, scatters, smothers, and covers a variety of topics, including its signature management style, unmistakable branding, and FEMA’s Waffle House Index. Warner’s personal Waffle House experience has included weddings, funerals, major […]

Don Byrd, Chief Operating Officer; Nicole Moore, manager of Education and Museum Content, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

When it comes to the Civil Rights movement, the city of Atlanta is rich with history, many landmarks still standing today. In 2014, a contemporary landmark, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, opened its doors in the heart of downtown Atlanta, becoming what the New York Times once called one of the biggest […]

Stephen Moore, President of RCS Productions

Spring is around the corner, and that means festival season will be kicking off soon. This week’s guest knows all about the business of producing concerts for these and other events.  Stephen Moore, president of RCS Productions, talks with guest host Jon Waterhouse about the business of talent buying, and concert and event production. What […]

Allan Vella, president and CEO of the Fox Theatre

Our special guest this week has the unique job of running and overseeing a timeless, unmistakable Atlanta icon, which happens to be one of the top venues of its kind in the country and the world. Vella gives guest host Jon Waterhouse a literal peek behind the curtain at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, and what it […]

Alan Rae, General Manager of Hotel Clermont

Atlanta’s new Hotel Clermont may be one of the most impressive examples of branding and revitalization among the city’s hospitality landscape. Alan Rae, the hotel’s general manager, gives guest host Jon Waterhouse a behind-the-scenes look at the project. And financial pro Chris Burns of Dynamic Money drops by for Ask an Expert.