Press Release – Biggby Bob to Speak at LCC Commencement

14 04 2009

From a Lansing Community College press release –

LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES 2009 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Biggby Coffee CEO Bob Fish to Speak May 1

LANSING, MICH. (April 13, 2009) – Lansing Community College has announced that Biggby Coffee CEO and Co-Founder Bob Fish will give the commencement address at its May 1 graduation ceremony. “Biggby Bob,” as he is known by many coffee aficionados, co-founded the company in 1995 with his partner, Mary Roszel, and opened the first café on Grand River in East Lansing. The first Biggby Coffee franchise was sold in 1999, and the company has virtually doubled in size every two years since then. It now has more than 100 cafes located in nine states. Bob earned his degree from MSU’s Hospitality Business School. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Restaurant Association, Bob is a Board member of the Small Business Association of Michigan and Junior Achievement of Mid-Michigan. Lansing Community College selected Bob because of his significant entrepreneurial success, his innovative spirit, and his charismatic and inspiring personality. LCC’s commencement will take place at 7 p.m. at Breslin Student Event Center.

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15 04 2009
Corky

I’m sorry, but Bob Fish will always be “Beaner Bob” to me…LOL

I’d like to know who those people were that thought the word “Beaner” referred to anything but a coffee bean?

15 04 2009
Mid-Michigan Dining

J had to explain it to me. I had never heard the term used as a slur. When I heard Biggby used to be Beaner’s (the switch was made before we moved here), the only thing I thought of was coffee.

15 04 2009
Eastside Food Geek

Yeah my sister was visiting from L.A. and she nearly died when she saw her first Beaner’s coffee. We had to explain that it doesn’t refer to anything but coffee here.

They might have been fine if they had stayed in Michigan, but if they wanted a chance to expand, they had to change the name. Too bad. Biggby’s isn’t such a bad name though. (I just remember their hip song. “… the hip sip in a zip.”

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