The Cole Group partners with clients who resonate with our primary purpose—to bring positive change into the world around us. Thus our events are designed to foster optimism along with any necessary paradigm shifts. Our keynote presentations seek to transform. And our athlete development program mentors for the second career every athlete must plan for.
We offer experience orchestrating events pivotal to developing the potential of youth and improving the effectiveness of philanthropic endeavors. President/CEO Colin Cole draws upon the rich history of his NFL career. His wife, Kaye Williams Cole, provides insights from her background in counseling. And Mary Paterson complements the group with her background in education and event planning.
Cole Group offers genuine service by combining the talents of three key leaders.
Colin Cole entered the NFL as a undrafted free agent back in 2003 and retired shortly after the 2015 NFL season as a Carolina Panther. Colin and his wife Dr. Kaye Williams Cole, formed The Cole Group early in his career. He continues to serve as an ambassador for the Carolina Panther through speaking engagements, public appearances, celebrity Meet & Greets and serves as a regular guest on “Inside Panthers’ Football” on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network, in Charlotte.
As important as his football career was, Colin’s deepest goal has been to leave a positive legacy. He founded Cole Group to continue what he began through football camps for underprivileged youth and has expanded the company to now service Athletes, non-profits and for profit companies interested in raising money or awareness for their causes. Today you might find him organizing anything from golf tournaments for charity or sports camps for a Pro Athlete, You might catch him participating in events such as “Dancing with the Stars—Charlotte” for Carolina Breast Friends or hosting a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank.
Dr. Kaye Cole received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision specializing in K-12 School Counseling with a cognate in Sports Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2006. She earned her Educational Specialist & Master’s degrees in Counselor Education K-12 School Counseling and Bachelor of Art degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina. She is also a National Certified Counselor.
As the Cole Group’s Consultant, Dr. Kaye Williams Cole brings her expertise in working with high school, collegiate and professional athletes; counseling various populations; fundraising for community organizations; leading focus groups; organizing charity events; and addressing diversity challenges in the workplace and schools.
In addition to consulting, Dr. Cole is an adjunct professor, volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader, consults pro bono for her favorite charity, organizes food drives and serves as an advocate for various organizations. Dr. Cole recently accepted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nomination to run for the 2018 Woman of the Year campaign in Charlotte. Dr. Cole offers unique insights and out of the box ideas as she is a resource you will value for idea generation, strategic planning and events geared towards every age level.
Possibly the only Caucasian in the US to start two Latino fraternities, Mary Paterson brings a love for developing the community around her to Cole Group. She is a sought-after keynote speaker on development, planning and management for businesses, community associations, colleges and athletic teams.
Before joining Cole Group, Mary brought her energy to MP Consulting. She also worked as a liaison between the Office of Student Life at the University of Iowa and the community and served as the Executive director for Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity. Organizing events such as Dance Marathon and setting up educational foundations are just two of the skills she brings to our team.
We offer experience organizing all kinds of events. From football camps and golf tournaments to dinners and galas, you’ll find our team puts together outstanding experiences. We do this by embracing your company culture and encouraging your active participation in the planning process. This ensures our events compliment their purpose.
We offer tailored keynotes so the outcome you most want to see from your event occurs. We believe motivational speaking must deliver more than a momentary high. Your audience should walk away ready to take life-changing action. You can expect focused and engaging content—presented with your target audience and goals in center place.
We help career athletes develop life strategies because your athletic career should be the beginning of a meaningful life. We’ve seen too many athletes struggle with identity loss when injury or age ends a sport’s career. What wasted energy. We help athletes learn to package the qualities they learn from their sport for a career they remain passionate about.
“The Cole Group has been the most vital resource in bringing the youth at Ft. Jackson and surrounding areas, a football camp built on values and taught by expert retired NFL athletes and area coaches! I would recommend The Cole Group, to anyone serious about putting on a professionally run event in today’s busy world. “
It has been a pleasure working with the Cole Group on raising funds to benefit CMPD’s youth outreach and community engagement programs. They bring a professional edge to fund raising and a genuine concern for this community. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Cole Group have several events planned in the near future and we look forward to growing our partnership in the coming months and years to benefit the one’s that need it the most.
All our events are ‘partnered’ because you’re at the center of what we do. We’ve learned the most successful events are those where participants feel connected.
Putting for Police is designed to raise funds for local CMPD programs
Live and Silent Auction Officers of the CMPD and other officials will be serving you your meal.
We’re partnering with this high school, where drop out risks are high, to offer an engaging life skills program. We’re passionate about empowering potential.
Browse through our gallery of past events, and you’ll find videos and write-ups covering the different things we do. Next to meeting us in person, this is the best way to understand what Cole Group could do for you.