Matt Kempner

Business columnist

Matt Kempner is the AJC’s sometimes irreverent business columnist, who enjoys finding  the twists behind our adventures with business, money and careers. Prior to his latest assignment, he wrote a regular column on intriguing entrepreneurs and reported on technology and energy. His career has included serving as a business editor and public editor as well as lots of reporting gigs, from business investigations to politics, government and the environment.  You can follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mattkempnercolumnist or on Twitter: @Mattkempner 

Latest from Matt Kempner

Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county
 Here’s what we should never forget about Delta: it is fabulously good for Georgia’s economy, and it never tires of squeezing fellow Georgians for more profits. Picture more than 500 local high school students showing up at the headquarters of mighty Delta Air Lines to protest. They were there — at the urging of Clayton...

Posted: a day ago

Here’s what we should never forget about Delta: it is fabulously good for Georgia’s economy, and it never tires of squeezing fellow Georgians for more profits. Picture more than 500 local high school students showing up at the headquarters of mighty Delta Air Lines to protest. They were there — at the urging of Clayton...
Kempner: What if ‘the-customer-is-always-right’ is wrong?
 Just how much abuse do employers expect their workers to take from customers? I’ve seen recent accounts of people supposedly being pretty awful to fellow humans on the job. Like the male business customer who allegedly went on a racist rant against a female employee at an AutoZone store in South Georgia. Supposedly a manager...

Posted: 9 days ago

Just how much abuse do employers expect their workers to take from customers? I’ve seen recent accounts of people supposedly being pretty awful to fellow humans on the job. Like the male business customer who allegedly went on a racist rant against a female employee at an AutoZone store in South Georgia. Supposedly a manager...
Kempner: Another reason for health hope? Three rich titans make a leap
 Now that we’ve had time to ponder the initially wonderful-sounding idea of Amazon and two powerful friends fixing health care, it’s become clear that … yeah, it still sounds great. Not “great” as in they’ll definitely succeed in some sweeping way. They may not at all. Just “great” as in, for...

Posted: 13 days ago

Now that we’ve had time to ponder the initially wonderful-sounding idea of Amazon and two powerful friends fixing health care, it’s become clear that … yeah, it still sounds great. Not “great” as in they’ll definitely succeed in some sweeping way. They may not at all. Just “great” as in, for...
Kempner: Not Amazon; another big ‘A’ bets on bringing Atlanta HQ jobs
 When locals dream of recruiting hot employers to Atlanta, hearts flutter over landing cutting-edge tech companies such as Amazon or luxury global brands, like when Mercedes-Benz’s chose Sandy Springs for its North American headquarters. But it’s time to appreciate things at a more gut level. Such as a chicken sandwich...

Posted: 17 days ago

When locals dream of recruiting hot employers to Atlanta, hearts flutter over landing cutting-edge tech companies such as Amazon or luxury global brands, like when Mercedes-Benz’s chose Sandy Springs for its North American headquarters. But it’s time to appreciate things at a more gut level. Such as a chicken sandwich...
Coke tries transgender reference in Super Bowl 2018 commercial
 The reference is easily missed, but one of Coke’s new Super Bowl 2018 commercials briefly highlights a person who doesn’t identify with traditional gender definitions.  The ad, which is scheduled to air during the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter, refers to the person as “them.” >> Read more trending...

Posted: 21 days ago

The reference is easily missed, but one of Coke’s new Super Bowl 2018 commercials briefly highlights a person who doesn’t identify with traditional gender definitions.  The ad, which is scheduled to air during the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter, refers to the person as “them.” >> Read more trending...
Coke tries transgender reference in Super Bowl 2018 commercial
 The reference is easily missed, but one of Coke’s new Super Bowl 2018 commercials briefly highlights a person who doesn’t identify with traditional gender definitions.  The ad, which is scheduled to air during the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter, refers to the person as “them.” It may be the first time...

Posted: 21 days ago

The reference is easily missed, but one of Coke’s new Super Bowl 2018 commercials briefly highlights a person who doesn’t identify with traditional gender definitions.  The ad, which is scheduled to air during the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter, refers to the person as “them.” It may be the first time...
Kempner: Coke softly crosses the ‘them’ gender line in Super Bowl ad
 Coke, the like-to-teach-the-world-to-sing beverage giant, has a new Super Bowl 2018 commercial in which one of the people is highlighted as a “them.” That’s a pronoun sometimes preferred by some people who don’t identify with traditional gender definitions. Except that the company doesn’t say all that. Coca-Cola...

Posted: 22 days ago

Coke, the like-to-teach-the-world-to-sing beverage giant, has a new Super Bowl 2018 commercial in which one of the people is highlighted as a “them.” That’s a pronoun sometimes preferred by some people who don’t identify with traditional gender definitions. Except that the company doesn’t say all that. Coca-Cola...
Kempner: Why a daring grandpa sold his Georgia winery and golf resort
 It sounds French, but it isn’t. Chateau Elan, the brainchild of a pharmaceutical baron from West Virginia, started as a Georgia winery before Georgia wineries were cool or even taken seriously. It grew into a sprawling resort along I-85 at the edge of Gwinnett County, with big-time golf courses, hotels, restaurants, convention...

Posted: 24 days ago

It sounds French, but it isn’t. Chateau Elan, the brainchild of a pharmaceutical baron from West Virginia, started as a Georgia winery before Georgia wineries were cool or even taken seriously. It grew into a sprawling resort along I-85 at the edge of Gwinnett County, with big-time golf courses, hotels, restaurants, convention...
Kempner: Pay bonus boom isn’t because the boss just wants to be nice
 Just a few weeks into Republicans’ delivery of hefty federal tax cuts for businesses, the impacts keep piling up for employees. Most of it looks quite nice, as hundreds of thousands of Home Depot hourly workers are finding out with “one-time tax reform” bonuses of up to $1,000. But there’s also the potential for...

Posted: 25 days ago

Just a few weeks into Republicans’ delivery of hefty federal tax cuts for businesses, the impacts keep piling up for employees. Most of it looks quite nice, as hundreds of thousands of Home Depot hourly workers are finding out with “one-time tax reform” bonuses of up to $1,000. But there’s also the potential for...
Kempner: Cobb-based convenience chain gets fancy with own wine, chefs
 For $8.99, a metro Atlanta-based chain of convenience stores will sell you it’s own private-label bottle of wine, Sequins & Sawdust. What is happening in the land of beef jerky and air fresheners? Big changes: pushing to get healthier foods, experimenting with delivery to customer homes, stressing self-service, creating ways to look...

Posted: 30 days ago

For $8.99, a metro Atlanta-based chain of convenience stores will sell you it’s own private-label bottle of wine, Sequins & Sawdust. What is happening in the land of beef jerky and air fresheners? Big changes: pushing to get healthier foods, experimenting with delivery to customer homes, stressing self-service, creating ways to look...
These big cities didn't make Amazon's HQ cut
 Plenty of big cities aren’t on Amazon’s long short list of 20 places it’s still considering for a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs. While the Seattle-based giant kept Atlanta in the running, here are some of the notable cities that aren’t: Phoenix

San Diego

Charlotte

Detroit

Cincinnati...

10:54 AM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Plenty of big cities aren’t on Amazon’s long short list of 20 places it’s still considering for a second headquarters and 50,000 high-paying jobs. While the Seattle-based giant kept Atlanta in the running, here are some of the notable cities that aren’t: Phoenix San Diego Charlotte Detroit Cincinnati...