This Smoking Hot Hooters Waitress Turned A Sticky Treat Into Cinnabon’s $1 Billion Conglomerate

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This Smoking Hot Hooters Waitress Turned A Sticky Treat Into Cinnabon’s $1 Billion Conglomerate

This Smoking Hot Hooters Waitress Turned A Sticky Treat Into Cinnabon’s $1 Billion Conglomerate

This Smoking Hot Hooters Waitress Turned A Sticky Treat Into Cinnabon’s $1 Billion Conglomerate

The stereotype that Hooters girls are all bust and no brains is shattered by the success of former waitress Kat Cole.

According to Bloomberg, Cole worked as a Hooters waitress for 15 years before being promoted to vice president and later on becoming the president ofCinnabon, all before the age of 35.

Cole is credited with putting Cinnabon products on grocery store shelves and making them available at fast food chains like Taco Bell.

Cinnabon’s global sales will soon reach $1 billion in the coming months.

Cole began working part-time at Hooters in Jacksonville, Florida, when she was just 16 to help her divorced mother pay the bills, Bloomberg reports. She said that before she started working, her mother was feeding Kat and her two siblings on just $10 a week.

Just a few years later, Kat was managing the restaurant’s kitchen, dining room and bar. By the time she turned 19, Hooters asked her to help open a location in Australia.

Cole flew to Sydney, where she spent 40 days hiring and training staff members, often having to convince men and women much older than she was that she was qualified.

“It was life-changing,” she says. “It was chaotic.”

When she got back, Cole began working towards an engineering degree from the University of North Florida, planning to go to law school afterwards.

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But shortly after enrolling, Hooters asked Kat to go to Mexico to open its first Central American restaurant. Then came another location in Argentina. By 1999, she had spent a year and a half opening five stores.

Cole, still without a college degree, became a vice president at 26, playing a key role in the chain’s sale to private equity.

Kat was working on her MBA at Georgia State University when Focus Brandshired her in late 2010 as the chief operating officer of Cinnabon. She finished the MBA two months later, and was promoted to president of Cinnabon a month after.

Despite her status, Cole lives a very humble life by executive standards. She drives a nine-year-old Mercedes and lives with her longtime boyfriend in a 3,000 square-foot-home in Atlanta.

At just 34-years-old, Cole is often still the youngest face in the room during meetings. When asked if anything unique contributed to her achieving so much success at such a young age, Kat told Bloomberg that the fact she has only had one male boss in her entire life has most likely had a huge impact on her career opportunities.

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