Walsh College

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Gather to learn from the best in our community. Local and regional corporate leaders share the veteran insights and hard-earned lessons that brought them to where they are today. 

Coming November 14, 2013
Walsh College Troy Campus

View from the Peanut Gallery: 80 Years of Kar's Nuts in Michigan
Presented by
Nick Nicolay
President & Owner
Kar’s Nuts

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Nick Nicolay serves as President and Owner of Kar’s Nuts. The Michigan-based company has been providing sensible snacks to consumers since 1933. Nick began his professional career as a commercial lender with National Bank of Detroit (NBD Bank) before joining the “family business” at Kar’s Nuts. Nick’s father purchased the business from founder Sue Kar in 1967, and Nick spent summers at Kar’s performing a variety of jobs – from working in the warehouse to driving trucks across Southeast Michigan delivering products to Kar’s customers. Snack food is in his blood, as a third generation owner of a snack food company: his grandfather was the founder of Detroit-based New Era Potato Chips. Nick has served as Kar’s president since 1995. He served on the board of the Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association and was president in 1999 -2000. In addition, he was actively involved in the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and currently devotes time to various committees at Orchard Lake Country Club. Nick also serves on the board of directors for Awakened Heart Ministries, a nonprofit Christian organization. He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he earned a MBA in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. 

Join us for a half-day session on growth and sustainability with presentations by some of the area's top experts. Tickets are $45 for alumni and partners and $90 for all others. Continuing education credits available.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
8 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Walsh College Troy Campus


The Walsh Leadership Center provides educational programs for the success and sustainability of the area's small and family business.

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Biggby Coffee - Bob Fish, CEO
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Moosejaw - Robert Wolfe, president
Morley Candy - Jim Petz, vice president; Ron Rapson, president
Zingerman’s - Ari Weinzweig, co-founder
Domino’s Pizza - David Brandon, president
Quicken Loans - Bill Emerson, president
Jiffy Baking Mix - Howdy Holmes