Nick Garzia, Southeast Director of Retail Leasing for Hines, including Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station, the 138-acre, multi-use development in Midtown Atlanta, continues to be one of the city’s most high-profile areas for living, working, and playing. Responsible for Atlantic Station’s retail leasing, Nick Garzia has his hand in the property’s huge transformation. In fact, he says Atlantic Station will change more in the next 18 months than it has in the past decade. On this week’s show, Nick joins Richard to discuss Atlantic Station’s growth and expansion, the future of retail in America, and more.

Professor Ram Chellappa

Professor Ram Chellappa, Associate Dean and Academic Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Ram Chellappa wears many hats, from being an economist to an expert on business analytics and much more. In fact, his academic research provided the first scholarly definition of the term “cloud computing.” Ram visits the studio to talk about the intersection of business and technology. Think big data, data ownership, digitization in the marketplace, and other topics where binary code meets big bucks.

Mark Galvin, CEO and founder of ePresence

What are the latest issues involving business and social media? Our resident social media guru Mark Galvin joins host Richard Lenz to talk about those relevant topics, including the recent Facebook profile purge, how to properly build social media likes for your business, and more. Mark serves as CEO and founder of ePresence, which manages personal social media branding for professionals.

Pete Spriggs crashing the studio session of "The Von Haessler Doctrine" and host Eric Von Haessler

Pete Spriggs, Program Director of WSB Radio

This week’s show takes a rare look at the iconic radio station WSB and the business behind it. WSB dates all the way back to 1922, making it the oldest radio station in the Southeast. So how does WSB continue to thrive financially, especially in the contemporary era? It’s the number one News/Talk station in America thanks in part to program director Pete Spriggs. During his WSB tenure, the station has won several AP News Awards, a National Murrow award, and several Marconi awards. Pete joins host Richard Lenz and gives us a peek inside the studio, sharing stories about some of the larger-than-life personalities he’s worked with, from Boortz to Limbaugh.

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.

Robert Betzel

Robert Betzel of Infinity Network Solutions

This week Richard welcomes Robert Betzel, who took a shot at becoming an entrepreneur at the ripe age of 22. Eighteen years later he’s still serving as CEO of Infinity Network Solutions. This managed IT firm focuses on taking a holistic approach to being the IT Department for small- and medium-size businesses throughout Georgia. In addition to running this business, Betzel co-wrote the book “The Company Culture Challenge” and works to help other entrepreneurs by using the Entrepreneurial Operating System as a foundation.

Charles Goetz, Professor of Entrepreneurship; Amelia Schaffner, Director of Entrepreneurship; Louise Wasilewski, CEO at Acivilate, MBA alumna, Goizueta Business School

At his heart, host Richard Lenz is an entrepreneur. To celebrate entrepreneurship, he invites a pair of entrepreneurial educators on the program: Amelia Schaffner and Charles Goetz of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. For the second half of the show, Louise Wasilewski, a Goizueta graduate, joins the conversation, sharing her experience studying entrepreneurship at Emory. Wasilewski, the CEO of Acivilate, explains how she created a business to help reduce recidivism.

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.”

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.

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.