In an era of health obsession and apps to monitor our every calorie and step, here's a business leader who knows a thing or two about nudging Americans back into the sweet embrace of guilty pleasures. Kat Cole, Cinnabon president, has made a career of serving up sinful impulses and turning them into business profits.
"I started out working in the restaurant industry at 17 as a hostess. I became a server and then bartender and when Hooters Restaurants was looking for someone to go help open new franchises all over the world, I was asked to go," recalled Cole when recently interviewed at a Cinnabon store at The Mall at Bay Plaza in the Bronx, New York, after being named to the CNBC NEXT List.
From hot wings to hot buns, it's turned into a lifetime career of building franchises and global brands.