is a one-of-a-kind, jack-of-all-trades, who spent over a decade of his life perfecting his skills as a leader, motivator, and operations manager in the amusement park industry.
At the age of 21, he accepted a full-time position as the Games Manager at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, and pushed himself to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for his employees working in a seasonal capacity. As a Games Manager, Cole oversaw the daily operation of the park’s midway games, along with several duties including hiring, training, purchasing, overall sales, and daily motivation.
Cole became nationally recognized in the summer of 2011, after he was featured on the nationally-syndicated radio program This American Life with Ira Glass. The 32 minute piece showcased Cole’s style of leadership and management, while focusing on the major principles Cole felt were important in creating a fun and exciting atmosphere for his employees.
Following the piece, Cole began to receive praise on various websites/blogs, was named Kansas City’s Best Boss by local Kansas City publication “Pitch Weekly” and began giving speaking engagements for many companies including The Internet Archive, Sprint, REI, Talent Plus, and Six Flags.
Cole is currently a Commercial Sales Manager with U.S. Toy Company in Kansas City, Missouri, and while not playing with toys all day, he continues to share his story with individuals across the country. Cole ultimately wishes that all employees, in whatever job, truly do enjoy and love what they do.