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Wells Fargo Speaker Series

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Daisy Cakes

"My Recipe for Success" 

Tuesday, September 30, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics Room 150

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Kim Nelson HeadshotKim "Daisy" was born to cook! She was taught at an early age by both her grandmothers and great aunt Daisy, after whom her company is named.

A graduate of Wofford College, Kim has been in the food business for over 30 years. Being in the food business all started while working in the kitchen and waiting tables during the summers down in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC. She learned about peeling and chopping carrots and the "delightfully peppery" taste of watercrest under the stern eye of Chef Louis Osteen at the Pawleys Island Inn. (She was probably his most challenged employee...EVER!)

After graduating from Wofford College she and friend, Sophie Copses, started a catering business. Four years later, in 1990, Kim opened her first full-service restaurant, As You Like It in Spartanburg, SC. Cooking Up a Storm began in 1998. These hands-on, bring your own groceries cooking classes lasted 6 years and taught nearly 300 students to love to cook and to explore new and exciting flavors. Kim and her mother, Geraldine Adams, actually baked and sold their first cake in 1972. It was a yellow cake with chocolate icing, what is now called our Jilly Vanilly.

Daisy Cakes began in June 2009. Kim wanted to share her family cake recipes with a much larger customer base. She and her mother individually hand-sift, bake and frost each 4-layer cake. They travel to Junior League and other holiday and food shows where folks can taste for themselves, just how delicious their Daisy Cakes are. The cakes are always available to take home or they can be ordered and shipped.

Kim and her Daisy Cakes were cast in the ABC hit show "Shark Tank" and aired in April of 2011. Since then, her business has sky-rocketed!  Along with the help of her business partner, Barbara Corcoran, many opportunities have come her way. She has been on "The Nate Berkus Show", Anderson Cooper, ABC World News, Today Show, The Taste and QVC. Daisy Cakes have also been featured as a prize on "The Price Is Right" and "Wheel of Fortune." These delicious Daisy Cakes follow their blue ribbon tradition, shipped direct-from her kitchen to yours!   

Look for her first cookbook, Daisy Cakes, Share a Slice of Love, coming out in Summer 2014.

David Griffin

"Michelin World Class Manufacturing in the Upstate"

Tuesday, November 18, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics Room 150


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David, a 1981 West Point graduate, served on active duty in the Unites States Army through 1986. Thereafter, while remaining in the Army Reserves, he joined Michelin where he’s held managerial positions in Canada, the United States and Europe in engineering, administration, operations and plant management as well as environment, health and safety. He is currently the director of Michelin’s truck tire manufacturing site in Spartanburg, South Carolina. David, and his wife Kathleen of 30+ years have five children and one grand-child. He and his family reside in Upstate, South Carolina.


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