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.

Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose

Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose of Atlanta Science Festival

Ever dreamed of throwing a festival? The co-founders and co-directors of Atlanta Science Festival (Meisa Salaita and Jordan Rose) stop by the studio and reveal the chemical make-up of a successful happening. Taking place March 9-24 at various Metro Atlanta venues, the Atlanta Science Festival invites all ages to experience more than 100 interactive and engaging events.

Marc Hershovitz

Legal Expert Marc Hershovitz

Ask host Richard Lenz, and he’ll tell you a successful business needs a legal expert in its corner. This week he sits down with lawyer Marc Hershovitz to talk the importance of business-related legalities. Hershovitz, who works with companies both big and small, led the team of lawyers that obtained the largest trial verdict in Georgia history: $459 million. Hershovitz chats about his political background, shares legal advice for start-ups, and much more. This week “Lenz on Business” returns at its regular day and time, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 on WSB Radio.

Drs. Will Draper and Fran Tyler of the Village Vets

This week’s “Lenz on Business” airs at a special time: 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 on WSB Radio. Host Richard Lenz welcomes Atlanta veterinary power couple, Drs. Will Draper and Fran Tyler. These college sweethearts joined forces in matrimony and business, eventually owning and operating The Village Vets, a trio of full-service animal hospitals. With locations in Stone Mountain, Decatur, and Buckhead, Village Vets’ business continues to howl with success. The good doctors tell us how they make it happen.

Brian Goebel, Director of the Start:ME Accelerator Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School + Lanard Atkins, Owner and Founder of Timeless EYEdentity

“Start Me Up” by the Rolling Stones is the “Lenz on Business” theme song, and it has special significance on the January 27 show. Brian Goebel, director of the Start:ME Accelerator Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, joins host Richard Lenz to talk about this 14-week business training program for promising local small businesses. And we hear from Start:ME graduate Lanard Atkins, owner and founder of Timeless EYEdentity, a full-service mobile eyeglass and contact lens company that works with the film and TV industry.