What Lenny Loves
The Art Shop’s Inc. owner and president, Lenny Dolin, is an avid cyclist, tennis player and art lover, but unlike a lot of people who are either left brain or right brain, Lenny is also adept at debits and credits and anything to do with accounting. What makes many people’s eyes glaze over comes easily to Lenny. "I just know enough to be dangerous," he says. Modesty aside, thank heavens he’s good at it because a businesses can’t survive without someone in control of its finances. He pays all the bills and the salaries of our incredible staff and keeps The Art Shop on a steady financial keel.
Lenny has had three careers in his life:
Radio Announcer (high school, college and a few years after). He is a very good speaker (although he would disagree with that) and uses that experience to emcee many of our artist shows.
- Regional Shopping Center Manager (for 10 years), which taught him a great deal about marketing and managing a business. It was in his first job in this industry as assistant manager of a shopping mall in Louisville, KY, that he took evening classes in accounting and discovered a knack for it.
- Beginning in 1989, Owner and President of The Art Shop.
By far, The Art Shop has been his favorite career of the three. "I love the diversity of the art and framing and the creativity required to create just the right framing combination for someone’s treasured possessions" says Lenny. "And being surrounded by beautiful art all day is a very nice way to make a living."
(I’m not including ring announcer for the fake professional wrestling matches because he only did that on weekends over 30 years ago, but he’s got great stories! Ask him about the Polish sausage from The Mighty Igor.)
In addition to handling all the finances, Lenny handles the bulk of our Internet marketing. The Art Shop sells art and framing all over the world through our web site and Lenny corresponds with many of the people who send inquiries about our artists. With his knowledge of the business and ability to convey expertise and integrity, he is very successful. Much like our local business, many of our internet clients have become friends as well. We have loyal clients all across the country who consider The Art Shop their source for art and framing. Many have traveled long distances to attend our artist shows or just to pay us a visit on their way to a vacation destination.
While I am admittedly biased (because he’s my husband), we are very fortunate to have Lenny as our fearless leader.