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  • Alumni Spotlight – Cole McNabb

    October 20, 2020

    Cole McNabb is a UAF alumnus (BBA ‘12, MBA ‘14) who took the knowledge and skills he gained at SOM and used them to open his own business. He is the founder and CEO of Show Flooring, a discount flooring store located in Northlake, Illinois with 20 employees. Dr. Ping Lan and other SOM instructors not only inspired Cole to open his own business, they gave him the knowledge and skills he needed to succeed. After completing his undergraduate degree at SOM, Cole applied for the master’s program. Although he didn’t have the best grades, he met the requirements, Dr. Lan wrote a letter of recommendation, and Cole was accepted into the program. One piece of advice from an instructor that stuck with Cole was: “Don’t just wait for life to happen; go out into the world and do something.” He took this advice to heart and started his own business. In the beginning, one of the biggest challenges Cole faced was realizing he didn’t have to do it all. Initially, he felt that he should make the most of his business degrees by running every aspect of his new business. However, he quickly realized it would be better to…
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