Entries by Lenz on Business

Andy Hingley, co-owner of Eddie’s Attic and talent booker at Live Nation

Hingley, a professional European soccer player, spends nearly a decade of his life in the sport before deciding to hang up his cleats and relocate to Atlanta. He accidentally finds himself becoming the student of iconic local live music promoter, Alex Cooley. The two forge a serious professional and personal bond. And when Cooley passes […]

Hannah Zander, graduate of the online MMIS program at Georgia College

We hear it all the time. After snagging an undergraduate degree, many business professionals opt to go after a Masters Degree in the not-so-distant future. But why? What are the reasons behind it, and what kind of concessions will need to be made in the midst of adulting? And what about online learning? Zander, a […]

Eileen Lee and Martine Resnick, co-founders of The Lola

Women continue making great strides in the business world. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, women-owned firms make up 39 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S. This week guest host Jon Waterhouse talks to a pair of business owners whose corporate mission is to create a community to support […]

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.

Shirlynn Brownell, Director of Economic Development for City of Brookhaven

The City of Atlanta may get most of the glory for its business cred, but many smaller metro Atlanta cities hold their own. One such part of town is City of Brookhaven, which continues bolstering a viable economy, building community, and attracting big business. As Director of Economic Development, Brownell works to increase Brookhaven’s visibility […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dr. Joseph Ducksworth, graduate of the WebMBA program at Georgia College

How do you juggle your own medical practice while attempting to further your business career by getting an MBA? Dr. Joseph Ducksworth, an acclaimed oral surgeon, did just that. This week he talks with guest host Jon Waterhouse about why it’s important for physicians who run their own practice to have an MBA, the pros […]

Michael Tavani, founder of Switchyards Downtown Club

Tavani, a serial entrepreneur, created Switchyards Downtown Club, a design-focused startup hub, specializing in producing consumer-focused startups in Atlanta. Tavani joins guest host Jon Waterhouse to talk about the genesis of Switchyards, the Atlanta startup scene, and much more.