SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- At Cinnabon's headquarters, there's a constant stream of samples from research and development. While many taste buds are considered, one young lady in particular must sample the sweets.
That's 35-year-old Kat Cole, Cinnabon's president. When she assumed the role, Kat says she wasn't nervous.
"It was exciting," Cole said. "I had given so much of my time learning the industry and being a student of the industry."
The eldest daughter of three girls raised by a single mom, Kat started working as soon as she could.
"If you wanted something, you went and got a job," she explained.
Her first job was in retail in the mall, then she was recruited to join the Hooters team., first as a hostess, then a waitress when she was old enough. Kat says she was always open to opportunities.