Join us for our monthly luncheon on February 12th sponsored by The Barter Company and catered by Rafferty’s, Inc.
The speaker this month will be Michael Coles.
Deeply involved in the community, Michael Coles is a transformational leader, accomplished entrepreneur, education advocate and motivational speaker. After a two decade career in the clothing business, he co-founded the Great American Cookie Company in 1977 and grew it into the largest franchise of cookie stores in the US with sales over $100 million. In 1987, Coles was one of the founders of the Charter Bank and Trust, where he served as chairman. He grew the bank both organically and through acquisitions, eventually taking the company public.
In 2003, Coles became chairman, CEO and president of Caribou Coffee Company and under his direction the company more than doubled in size extending the brand reach domestically and internationally. He successfully took the company public on NASDAQ. He now serves as chairman of Brand Holding Company and chairman of Brand Bank.
Coles’ story of personal perseverance is as impressive as his many business ventures. Following a near-fatal accident in 1977, he was told he would never walk again. He recovered through a rehabilitation cycling program and went on to compete and set records in two World Transcontinental Bicycling events. Coles and his wife, Donna, work on many philanthropic causes and were honored as the Georgia Philanthropists of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives.
Coles has a long-standing relationship with Kennesaw State University, receiving an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree in 1999 and the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship. In 1994, the college of business was renamed the Michael J. Coles College of Business in recognition of his success, leadership and support. He was recently named to the Michael J. Coles College of Business Hall of Fame.
“Coles College of Business approaches education with an entrepreneurial mindset and focus on relevant business curriculum. Our students graduate with the ability to think outside the box and truly transform their companies.”
Date and Time
February 12, 2019
11:30 AM — 1:00 PM