Caribou Coffee CEO Michael Coles to address executive MBA students

Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA students will get a firsthand view of successful…

Georgia (Feb 25, 2005) — Caribou Coffee CEO Michael Coles to address executive MBA students

Terri Thornton


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Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA students will get a firsthand view of successful leadership from Caribou Coffee CEO Michael J. Coles in March. Coles will speak as part of the 2005 “Lessons In Leadership Series.” The event will take place March 4 in Room 300 at KSU Center‚ located at 3333 George Busbee Drive in Kennesaw. The evening will kick−off with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by Coles’ speech at 7:00 p.m.

“Michael Coles is such an amazing guy‚” says Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. “He founded the Great American Cookie Company in 1977 with an $8‚000 investment. When he sold it in 1998‚ its sales topped $100 million. He’s now the CEO of America’s second largest specialty coffee retailer. The lessons he can teach in both business and life are just incredible.”

Coles is also dedicated to community service. He is a member of the Georgia Board of Regents‚ and serves on several corporate and non−profit boards. He has received honors including the National Women’s Political Caucus’ Good Guy of the Year Award‚ the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship‚ the Heart Association Community Service Award and the Georgia Philanthropist of the Year Award.

He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stanford University Alumni Association‚ and received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Kennesaw State University. The Coles College of Business is named for him.

The event is hosted by Kennesaw State University’s Department of Leadership and Professional Development and the Executive MBA Programs. To attend‚ RSVP by March 1 to 770−423−6283 or email


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 18‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest university in the state‚ and a member of the 34−institution University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit