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Michael J. Coles

Dec, 09, 2019 - Dec, 09, 2019
07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Time To Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life

$10 advance | $15 at door
Congregation Anshai Torah

Michael Coles will appear in conversation with Rabbi Stefan Weinberg.

Entrepreneur powerhouse Michael J. Coles, co-founder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, explores his remarkable journey in business, sports, and politics in his new book, Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business in Life. In the memoir, he recounts the failures and successes that led him from poverty and a near-fatal motorcycle accident to founding a $100-million company and becoming the namesake of the business school at Georgia’s third largest university—despite never having attended college himself.

From starting three businesses, to setting transcontinental world cycling records, to making two bids for U.S. Congress, to writing legislation for Georgia film tax credit that changed an industry, Coles’ story is one of true grit and perseverance, taking risks and facing failures. Time to Get Tough is available now on Amazon and in chain and independent bookstores.

Coles’ story of personal perseverance is as impressive as his business acumen. Centered on his personal mantra of ‘TTGT or Time to Get Tough’, his book contains practical advice for not only how to succeed in business, but also how to use unconventional methods to face any daunting challenge. The firsthand perspectives transcend the scope of a traditional autobiography and offer useful commentary on the business, political, and philanthropic climate of the last forty years.

Michael J. Coles is an entrepreneur, world record-holder and sought after public speaker. He co-founded Great American Cookies, led Caribou Coffee and ran for Congress twice.  He is currently president of Hillels of Georgia, which supports the Jewish student community on college campuses. Michael and his wife, Donna, Michael has been deeply involved in a wide variety of nonprofit philanthropic organizations, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, American Heart Association, Emory Healthcare, The Walker School and Georgia State University.