Executive's Rise From Hooters to Cinnabon President

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July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Cinnabon President Kat Cole discusses the company's recipe for sweet success with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Content with sweet treats outside the home.

I am joined by the president kat cole.

Thanks for being here.

Just by bringing some of the samples, you have made everybody here at bloomberg, their eyes are watering.

They are smiling.

How did you get into the cinnabon business?

I have grown up in restaurants since i was 17. luckily as an employer, the food business has a low barriers to entry and a lot of good people start in entry-level positions and work their way up here it i found a home in global franchising and continued to move up and they also benefited from a lot of the restaurant associations that provide leadership and mentoring that put me in a position to be able to run such an amazing brand.

You put that together with an mba from georgia state.

The same year we were selling my previous company, hooters restaurants, i was running the georgia restaurant association and was getting my mba.

Nights, weekends.

You mentioned nights and weekends.

These are full-time jobs.

You breathe and eat.


Especially when you are global, and you have a franchise base.

Not just a couple of investors, but hundreds of franchise partners all over the world.

So there needs exist to 24 hours a day and you have to build a team that understands that.

One of the things we don't necessarily need is an 800 calorie cinnabon.

Tell us how that came about and what things you are doing.

Cinnabon is such a cool story of entrepreneurs getting it right.

They started the brand and partnered with a baker and chef and came up with the recipe.

They stayed addicted to quality, expanded it and started franchising and grew all over the world.

Cinnabon has had four owners in its 28 years.

To have been successful through that many owners is interesting.

A few things have driven the demand for the roll, commitment to quality, and actually menu extension.

The roll made us famous, but it is only a portion of the menu today.

Bites are so tiny and cute.

That type of variety along with the beverages have helped us keep people coming back even though we are famous for the big one.

Now with your business school background, do you think crimes is going to be a case study in why you should not have gone public or you did not expand in the way that would be successful in the marketplace?

Crimes will be an interesting case study.

It is a sweet brand, even though its retail locations were only in 50 spots.

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