Mike doesn’t have a yacht, a podcast or an MBA, and you won’t hear him talking about being disruptive, leveraging assets or changing paradigms. He is, however, the founder of Global Orange Development and the co-CEO of BIGGBY COFFEE®, a fast-growing $100-million-dollar coffee franchise with 250+ locations across the Midwest.
At a time when there’s a lot of confident-sounding start-up advice from academics or ultra-wealthy tycoons, Mike’s remarkable life journey from minimum-wage barista to business leader has given him a very different outlook.
His perspective on business—shaped spending the last 23 years helping hundreds of people open and operate successful coffee shops—provides a much-needed road map for today’s entrepreneurs so they can turn their ideas into a profitable reality.
If Mike’s business philosophy can be distilled down to its essence, it would be this:
Be brave. Be humble. Be thoughtful. Be aware of others. And be yourself.