Honored Business Leaders & Professionals

Established in 2015, the Coles College of Business Hall of Fame honors the accomplishments and contributions of business leaders who promote and embody personal integrity, community leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit. Honorees are inspirational and their actions compel others to act. Through their leadership and service, these professionals demonstrate their commitment to innovation, community service and global engagement, elements that speak to the heart of the Coles College mission.

The Coles College of Business is proud to recognize these notable men and women who have paved remarkable paths in business and industry and serve as role models to future generations.

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Coles College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Tommy Bagwell
    Former President & Owner,
    American Proteins, Inc.

    Former Trustee,
    KSU Foundation

    Lori Kaczynski
    Chief Audit, Risk, and Compliance Officer
    Graphic Packaging International

  • Michael Leven
    Former Chairman and CEO
    The Georgia Aquarium

    J. Larry Stevens
    Former Partner,
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers

    Adjunct Professor of Accounting,
    Kennesaw State University

  • Sid Mookerji
    Founder and Global CEO
    Silver Spirit Global LLC

    Richard Taylor
    President & Owner
    Avid Wealth Management Group LLC

  • Valery Voyles
    Chairman & CEO
    Voyles Automotive Group

    Dr. Shelby Wilkes
    Vitreoretinal Surgeon
    Atlanta Eye Consultants

  • Harry Maziar
    President, Retired
    Zep Inc.

    Doug Shore
    Co-Founder, Chairman, & Co-CEO, Retired
    Shore-Varrone, Inc.

  • Jack Dinos
    CEO & Founder, Retired
    Southern Tea Company

    Lee Rhyant
    President & CEO, 
    LER Solution, LLC
    Retired Executive Vice President & General Manager,
    Lockheed Martin

  • Michael J. Coles
    Coles College Benefactor & Co-Founder,
    The Great American Cookie Company

    Connie Engel
    Childress Klien

    Gene Henssler
    President and Chief Investment Officer,
    Henssler Financial

    Tom Hughes
    CEO/President & Part Owner,
    Electronic Attachment, Inc. (NEA)
    Medical Electronic Attachment, Inc. (MEA)

    Kerstin L. (Valdes) Benden
    CFO/VP of Finance,
    Georgia-Pacific’s North American Consumer Business

    Mark Wilson
    Chime Solutions