Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lansing Community College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2010 will be awarded to Mary Roszel

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LANSING - The Lansing Community College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2010 will be awarded to Mary Roszel, co-founder of Biggby Coffee, a Michigan-based franchise company of coffee cafes. The award will be presented at the 2010 LCC Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, Friday, May 7, at the Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building Boardroom on Main Campus in downtown Lansing.
Roszel is co-owner of Biggby’s Coffee which she and partner Bob Fish established in East Lansing in 1995. They opened a second café in 1997 in downtown Lansing, and, in1999, in response to high demand, they sold their first franchise store. Today there are four partners and more than 100 cafes in the Midwest. Roszel provides corporate leadership, participates in the design and build-out of new stores, and works with franchisees to help them realize their dreams.
Roszel grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and in 1974 moved to East Lansing with her two children. She received a paralegal degree from Lansing Community College in 1976 and worked for the Michigan Supreme Court for 13 years. She returned to college in 1987 after her children had finished school, graduating from Michigan State University in 1988 with a Hospitality degree.
Roszel sits on several boards including: Dine America Advisory Board, Michigan Small Business Technical Development Center Board, Entrepreneurship Advisory Council for the MSU School of Business, and Ele’s Place, a local organization that helps grieving children and their families. Roszel also established an LCC Foundation scholarship that annually assists two single parent students to attend LCC. She enjoys travel, art, wine, and walking.
The Alumni Association chooses its Award recipient from nominees based on distinction in the nominee’s field and service to the community. For information call the LCC Alumni Association
Lansing Community College
P.O. Box 40010 Lansing, MI 48901-7210
at 517-483-1988. For an interview with Mary Roszel or to inquire about press attendance from 5:30 pm-6:00 pm on May 7 call Andrew J. Lathrop at 483-1988.
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Anonymous said...

Way to go Mary!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Mary - well deserved!


Dan said...

Congratulations to Mary and Bob and the whole Biggby team. Bob, if you are reading, I would love to speak with you a little. I am an MSU Hospitality Business grad and remember you coming into one of my classes around 1997 or so and talking about the potential of someday franchising Beaners. I have owned my own business for 7 years now and am considering franchising as a growth plan and would love to chat with you a little bit about your experiences. Looking forward to hearing from you.

halfbakedmusings said...

Hey Mary, you watch. Now everybody who claims to know you is going to materialize out of nowhere offering congratulations. What could be better? You are a legend in your own time.

JD said...

Absolutely great to see you recognized for your work and accomplishments, Mary. Very well deserved!