“Using Failures to Drive Successes”

May 28, 2014

We are excited to host our Detroit 2nd Quarter Leadership Event at the Birmingham Country Club on June 20th with speaker Nick Nicolay. Nick is the President and CEO of Michigan-based Kar’s Nuts and will be speaking on the topic “Using Failures to Drive Successes”. Kar’s Nuts was founded in 1933 as a small peanut stand outside of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. It is now a nationwide, multi-million dollar company.

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Nick Nicolay, President & CEO, Kar’s Nuts

The company is best know for its “Sweet ‘n Salty Mix” which is America’s best-selling brand of trail mix. Under Nicolay’s direction, the company continues to work diligently to find innovative flavors, improve their social media impact and grow their market reach. The company is privately held, and has been run by two families throughout the decades.


Nick began working for Kar’s Nuts in various entry level positions while he was still in high school, moving into sales while in college. Upon graduation with his MBA in 1979, he worked for NBD as a Commercial Lender. He returned to Kar’s Nuts in 1984, eventually purchasing the company from his father in 1995.

The event will be held the the Birmingham Country Club on June 20th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Registration begins at 7, breakfast will be served at 7:30). For more information or to register online visit our website at thebusinessrt.org.