AJC Unofficial Business columnist Matt Kempner

AJC Unofficial Business columnist Matt Kempner Minding your business... but not taking myself too seriously.
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CEO of Georgia business paid roughly same as CEOs of Disney, GM, Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase ... combined. Another gets...
06/11/2018
Kempner: Little-known Georgia CEOs paid like movie stars, athletes

CEO of Georgia business paid roughly same as CEOs of Disney, GM, Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase ... combined. Another gets third no vote from his own shareholders. AJC
https://www.myajc.com/business/kempner-little-known-georgia-ceos-paid-like-movie-stars-athletes/adC9Ezoef3cA24jE74Q2PM/

Georgia CEOs at public companies did well last year on pay, including two chief executives who were among the top 10 highest paid in the nation.

Been to a surprisingly underused spot in Atlanta? Here's a hint of what it would look like with 50,000 Amazon jobs (most...
05/17/2018
Kempner: Here’s how Amazon could revolutionize downtown Atlanta’s grittiest spot

Been to a surprisingly underused spot in Atlanta? Here's a hint of what it would look like with 50,000 Amazon jobs (mostly held by guys). AJC My AJC Intown Atlanta News Now DeKalb County News Now
https://www.myajc.com/business/kempner-here-how-amazon-could-revolutionize-downtown-grittiest-spot/vYu4RHjny6rPKgILCXuQpK/

Atlanta's south downtown could become the hottest spot in Georgia. Here's why and how it might be transformed by a massive new Amazon headquarters.

It had been more than a decade since I last had a little Krystal burger. Just had one during a nice chat with the new CE...
05/03/2018
Kempner: New CEO of forgotten Krystal aims at partiers, fans of tiny

It had been more than a decade since I last had a little Krystal burger. Just had one during a nice chat with the new CEO who's trying to revitalize the Southern chain. How did I forget the onions? AJC DeKalb County News Now
https://www.myajc.com/business/kempner-new-ceo-forgotten-krystal-aims-partiers-fans-tiny/EFjRZuwaOncD13bm2CQggO/

Krystal Company, now based in Georgia, faces sinking restaurant sales. New CEO hatches comeback plans different from tiny-burger rival White Castle.

Atlanta homeowner is about to quit after fighting blight for more than a decade. That was before I told her about the ci...
04/30/2018
Kempner: Atlanta officials travel well, but how does that fix blight?

Atlanta homeowner is about to quit after fighting blight for more than a decade. That was before I told her about the city's *blight-fighting* travel upgrades. AJC Politically Georgia DeKalb County News Now North Fulton County News Now
https://www.myajc.com/business/kempner-atlanta-officials-travel-well-but-how-does-that-fix-blight/2kQt7GEk8Kt5jnT6or7Q8O/

Atlanta created a nonprofit to spread prosperity to struggling areas. It only spent money on more legroom for ex mayor Kasim Reeds, others.

Want business to regularly gas up your car at work, home? Georgia claims innovative service is illegal. AJC My AJC DeKal...
04/26/2018
Kempner: When the gas station comes to you, why have a gas station?

Want business to regularly gas up your car at work, home? Georgia claims innovative service is illegal. AJC My AJC DeKalb County News Now Cobb County News Now Politically Georgia
https://www.myajc.com/business/kempner-when-the-gas-station-comes-you-why-have-gas-station/dxOpRqCEEAomjWKlwxo1vO/

Yoshi and other fuel concierge businesses now deliver gasoline directly to cars at work or home, challenging gas stations in Georgia and elsewhere.

Winery, golf, fancy neighborhoods, race cars. At 82 he called me from a biz trip in Costa Rica. AJC Chateau Elan Winery ...
01/30/2018
Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort

Winery, golf, fancy neighborhoods, race cars. At 82 he called me from a biz trip in Costa Rica. AJC Chateau Elan Winery & Resort Chateau Elan Golf Club Panoz DeltaWing Racing
http://www.myajc.com/business/kempner-why-daring-grandpa-sold-his-georgia-winery-and-golf-resort/61ZylrGhg3ZF4E6B6THmkK/

Golf course and winery resort, on Gwinnett County border, prepped for new owner and more luxury at Georgia's largest wine producer.

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This quote is from a news article in the online version of the MDJ. I feel it was inappropriate for you to describe Kemp's actions as "appropriate" in a news article. In an opinion piece it would be fine, or if quoting someone else, but injecting your opinion into a news article is unprofessional journalism. The Waffle House chairman said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who has shied away from some limits on restaurants, has shown appropriate restraint.
Matt, your article regarding Amazon and Atlanta shows a lack of understanding about a key ingredient to making Atlanta a strong candidate. I read your article nearly stating that our political leaders are neo-neanderthal, and sometimes I agree. However, if we were very progressive we would be far less attractive to Amazon. Amazon needs and I believe is looking for a laissez faire economic and entrepreneurial environment which Atlanta has in spades. That is what attracts and retains tech workers to her as much as the climate, cost of living and airport. You should know that is far more important than someones unfortunate blurp or burp on the NRA and Delta. You are one of a few who still remembers all that, most moved on to the next cycle. Don't forget, there's more beltways than the one in DC that leads to parochial, self-important group think. Thanks,
So Matt, Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States reserves to congress the rights "To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures; To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;" Why then, have we not stomped on bit-coin like the nasty bug that it is before it gets any bigger? It is obviously a currency designed to replace that which "we the people" have agreed to establish and regulate for "the common good".
Please I am 69 years old. The unfair, unequal, discrimination, not being able to obtain equal social justice is KILLING ME and my family. We are a mixture of ethnic groups, and proud of our 6f.5f. status beautiful statue - Professional Modeling Background. We have lived in Hawaii @ the University of Hawaii - Sweden - International Bond. Now, in the present, when, I go into Shops and etc. The staff treat me worst then a wild animal. We have always paid our way in Society. I have been extremely ill. I have had to go to Marin General Hospital for operations and etc. I went into CVS with my husband as he took care of his private business. Before, I could catch up with me spouse. A non-professional staff person. Make it HELL for me. I kept on my back like a wild dog. He asked me unprofessional questions. I felt SCARED. Is just let the operating room on the 3rd, of September, @ 5:00 a.m. I was so SICK @ THE CVS Store in Greenbrae, CA - 415-461-9093 - General Manager - CARLOS. Why in the HELL did the Unprofessional Guy - HARRASEL - TAKE MY RIGHTS AWAY. HE MENTION ABOUT MY HOSPITAL BADGES AND SAID THAT I WAS WALKING AS IF, I WAS DRUNK. HE WANTED TO KILL ME. DUE TO MY AMERICAN AMERICAN - BLACK FOOT INDIAN - IRISH - GERMAN BLOOD. NOW, I AM UNDER DR. CARE DUE TO HOW I WAS TREATED IN YOUR STORE. THERE IS A THING CALLED MANNER'S - HOW TO TREAT A LADY. NO THIS CAN NOT CONTINUE IN MY HOME DISTRICT. WOULD YOU TREAT YOUR 70 YR. OLD MOTHER IN THE SAME MANNER? PLEASE RESPOND FROM YOUR CORPORATE OFFICE - MR. LARRY MERLO 1-800-746-7287. IT IS NOT FAIR!!!!! MY PEOPLE MUST SURVIVE ALSO!!!!! YOUR LATINO WORKER'S DO NOT KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH AMERICAN BLACKS IN A PROPER WAY. STOP BEING SO UNPROFESSIONAL. I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM. THEY HAVE ALOT TOO LEARN, REGARDING THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. BEING KIND - GREAT MANNER'S. THEY MUST STOP TREATING AMERICAN BLACKS IN A HARSH MANNER. MY GENERATION GOES BACK 8 GENERATIONS. WE SPEAK SO MANY LANGUAGES IN STYLE. WE HAVE ALWAYS LEARNED PEACE, LOVE, KINDNESS, SHARING AND EDUCATING THE GENERAL PUBLIC. I AM A GREAT PARA-LEGAL FROM THE LAW FIRM OF COLD WELL BANKER - PROFESSIONAL MODEL - EXECUTIVE MANAGER @ THE AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS - THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII - HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT WITH HONORS - MASTER'S. PLEASE REVIEW MY PAPER AND ASSIST ME AS TO HOW TO PURSUE MY LEGAL PAPER.....
Hi Matt. In reading you column in today's paper, I have a way to get the roof working without a lot of effort. Remove the minority engineers on the project. I know how the city of Atlanta is when it comes to working in Atlanta. I was involved many years. Minority contractor work killed two of my friends on Turner Field. It took 6 years for them to admit it but that was the final conclusion. My idea is not PC but it the correct fix.
Love your articles! It's amazing that Southern Company and Georgia Power have so little accountability managing the Vogtle project. They woud be right on top of these construction issues if it was their money.