Smith & Howard’s Vision 2019 Draws Over 250 Leaders to Cobb Energy Centre
Nov 26,2019
Atlanta (Nov. 7, 2019) — With an eye toward 2020, nationally-recognized Atlanta accounting and advisory firm Smith & Howard welcomed more than 250 business owners, CEOs, CFOs, finance professionals and human resource professionals to Vision 2019, its fifth annual invitation-only event. The November 7 event at the Cobb Energy Centre featured Michael Coles, the founder of The Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee; Becky Blalock, the Managing Partner of Advisory Capital; Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta; Virginia Hepner, Corporate Director with Cadence Bank and former CEO of Woodruff Arts Center; Julie Barnes, Director of Marketing for Smith & Howard; Glen Jackson, Co-Founder of Jackson-Spalding; and Dr. Roger Tutterow, Professor of Economics and Director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University. Tutterow opened the event by focusing on the economy, touching on the expansion, tariffs, the labor market and more. Jackson spoke...
Five Practical Lessons for Business Leadership from Michael Coles
Nov 25,2019
Michael J. Coles is one of Atlanta’s best-known business success stories. The poor kid from Buffalo, New York, who started working at the age of 11 to help support his family while still in school, went on to co-found the $100 million Great American Cookie Company (eventually renamed Great American Cookies), led a turnaround as CEO of Caribou Coffee and endowed a business school at Kennesaw State University. Even with an impressive list of achievements behind him, including world records in transcontinental bicycle races, Coles is far from done. He recently co-authored a book, Time to Get Tough, about his life and business experiences. At Smith & Howard’s Vision 2019 event, he delivered the closing keynote speech and offered 5 common-sense lessons to help business leaders at every stage of their careers. Lesson 1: The difference between success and failure does not lie in your preparation. It lies in how...

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