Welcome to Lenz on Business, Presented by Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business.

Offering top-ranked online graduate business programs, including the online MBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems.

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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

Jonathan Baltic

Jonathan Baltic, Senior Vice President, BrandArmor Technologies

In the midst of the pandemic, sanitation is on everyone’s mind, and it’s affecting all aspects of our world, including business. And this week’s guest has a unique product that’s relevant now more than ever. Baltic’s company, BrandArmor, is the creator and manufacturer of SafeWalls, a commercial-grade, customizable, antimicrobial wallcovering, for use in healthcare, food service, hospitality, educational, retail, and other public-facing outlets. SafeWalls inhibits the growth of 99.99% of microbes, bacteria and viruses on the surface. Baltic talks about the creation of the product, how it works, and how it’s helping change the industry.

Recent Lenz on Business Shows

John Schuerholz

John Schuerholz, former Atlanta Braves GM and president

On Saturday, December 14, Lenz on Business is joined by John Schuerholz, former Atlanta Braves GM and president.

Yeah, we know football remains on the brain for many. But the business of major league baseball has no off season. And no one knows MLB biz quite like John Schuerholz. Ever the baseball fanatic, Richard talks it up with Schuerholz, who’s best known as general manager of the Atlanta Braves from 1990 to 2007 before serving as Braves President until 2016. Among the teams he built were the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves, both World Series champions. Schuerholz was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2017. He also co-authored the book “Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball’s Winningest GM.”

Tune into Lenz on Business every Saturday at 6 PM on 95.5 WSB.

Lynn Hanson

Lynn Hanson, Director of Graduate Programs in Business for Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business

A veteran of graduate education for more than 25 years, Hanson currently oversees the online graduate business programs at Georgia College. This includes MBA, Master of Logistics and Master of Management Information Systems. She joins guest host Jon Waterhouse to talk about the evolution of graduate education, how online studies have been transformative for Georgia College, student success stories, and more.

Dan Carroll

Dan Carroll, Director of Media Engagement, Dragon Con

Dan Carroll knows Dragon Con. Is it a coincidence he shares the same initials as the ultra successful pop culture convention that takes over downtown Atlanta for five days each Labor Day Weekend? Approximately 85,000 guests are expected to attend the 2019 installment. Not only does the convention do bang-up business, it brings bang-up business to Atlanta. From hotels to transportation to the restaurant industry. Dan talks with guest host Jon Waterhouse about Dragon Con’s economic impact on the city and much more.

Dr. Karl Manrodt

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 we trek further into the 21st century.

Alan Stukalsky

Alan Stukalsky, Chief Digital Officer, Randstad North America

Randstad North America, headquartered in Atlanta, is part of the world’s largest provider of human relations services and staffing. Technology plays a big role in Randstad’s internal and external functions, and Stukalsky oversees all things digital. Stukalsky steps behind the microphone with guest host Jon Waterhouse to chat about digital communication, how artificial intelligence comes into play, and more.

Wendy Lenz

Dr. Wendy Lenz, a Graduate of Georgia College’s Web MBA

They say a way to test a romantic relationship is by successfully surviving an Ikea shopping trip. What about interviewing your spouse on a radio show? This week Richard takes a stab at the latter. Dr. Wendy Lenz, a graduate of Georgia College’s online MBA program, spent more than 10 years as chief operating officer for the largest cancer practice in the Southeast. Richard and Dr. Lenz examine topics including her interest and experience in both medicine and business, merging the two, and how she ran a company while getting her MBA.

John Lenz, Richard Lenz, Mike Killeen, Lenz on Business

John Lenz, vice president, and Mike Killeen, vice president of marketing Lenz Marketing.

What does Richard Lenz do when he’s not hosting the show? He’s founder, president, and CEO of Lenz Marketing, a downtown Decatur-based marketing agency. This unique episode finds Richard in the studio with his two partners, John Lenz and Mike Killeen, discussing topics including family relationships in the workplace, how to balance project diversity, continuing education, and more.

Georgiana Simmons

Georgiana Simmons, Avanos Medical, graduate of Georgia College’s online Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management program

When it comes to going back to school and getting that business-related masters degree, fear can be a deterrent. Finding time amidst a busy life can be a daunting proposition. And this week’s guest did it despite being a single mother and working two jobs at the time. Georgiana Simmons, a project manager in supply chain operations at Avanos Medical, explains how she did it and the ways she applies her degree in her career.

Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose Harrill, graduate of the WebMBA program at Georgia College

This week’s special guest saw value in getting an MBA and decided go back to school in the midst of her career. However, as we all know, life happens. While juggling a job and Georgia College’s WebMBA program, Sarah learned her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Despite the challenges, she made it work. Sarah Rose shares her personal and WebMBA experiences with guest host Jon Waterhouse.

Charles Driebe

Charles Driebe, founder of Blind Ambition Management, Ltd.

Music artist management continues to be a multi-faceted business. And with today’s ever-evolving technological landscape, it changes by the day, literally. Richard Lenz talks with Driebe, whose company specializes in artist and project management. Blind Ambition Management currently works with an array of performers including the five-time Grammy-winning and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama; Marc Cohn of Grammy-winning “Walking in Memphis” fame; folk outfit Over the Rhine; and Grammy-winning soul legend William Bell, among others.

Andy Hingley

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 away, Hingley carries the torch scoring goals in the live entertainment business as co-owner of Eddie’s Attic and booking concerts for Live Nation. This week Andy Hingley shares his story and more with guest host Jon Waterhouse.

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 recent Georgia College online grad, joins guest host Jon Waterhouse and answers these questions and a whole lot more.

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 and empower professional women. Martine Resnick and Eileen Lee are co-founders of The Lola, a new members club, workspace and community designed for women by women. The Lola is the first of its kind in Atlanta, and Lee and Resnick share their inspiration behind the concept.

Chris Staros; Photo by Jenni Girtman

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 explains how he broke into the industry, how money is made, his keys to success, and much more.

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 online studies enhanced his communication skills, and how his degree prepared him for his current work in the office of the Chief Information Security Officer at the Center for Disease Control.

Bill Crane

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 the Southeast’s most visible political analysts and commentators. You might have seen him on 11Alive, WSB TV, Georgia Public Television, CNN International, and Al Jazeera English. He spent many years as a Senior VP for a global public relations firm. In 2009, he opened his own firm, CSI Crane, right here in Atlanta.

Russell Seifert, founder and CEO; and Rob Blatecky, vice president and CRO of Creative Solar USA

Some big solar industry players have been heating up the stock market, and some experts say solar installations will continue growing throughout 2019. So what is the solar energy industry all about? Seifert and Blatecky, a pair of solar energy experts from Creative Solar USA, talk with Richard Lenz about the current state of solar, its cross-party appeal, their approach to business, and more.

Alan Johnson and Dale Doss

Alan Johnson and Dale Doss, graduates of Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business’ online program

So you really want that masters degree in business, but you think it might be too late. It’s never too late to go back to school, and this week’s guests are living proof. Both Johnson and Doss decided to go after a masters degree in their mid-to-late 50s. Despite some trepidation, they not only graduated, but both rocked 4.0 grade point averages. They join guest host Jon Waterhouse and talk about what it was like jumping head first into Georgia College’s Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management online program and how it’s enhancing their careers.

Derrick Johnson

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 and its future.

Amplify Decatur Music Festival

Amplify Decatur Music Festival

According to 2018 statistics, Atlanta lays claim to a homeless population of more than 3,000. But there’s an Atlanta-based non-profit that wants to see those numbers dwindle, and they’re using the power of music to make it happen. This week guest host Jon Waterhouse talks to the folks behind the Amplify Decatur Music Festival, the signature event for Amplify My Community, a nonprofit that produces music events to assist other nonprofits in alleviating homelessness and poverty on the local level. Joining Jon in the studio are Drew Robinson, board president of Amplify My Community; Christine Mahin, festival director; Thomas Thompson and Cliff Richards of festival beneficiary Decatur Cooperative Ministry; and The Bitteroots, a local band performing at this year’s festival.