Coles Annual Report 2019-2020

About the Honorees SID MOOKERJI dis the founder and CEO of Silver Spirit Global, an organization that helps grow U.S.-based startup companies through funding, mentorship and real estate initiatives. Mookerji previously co-founded Software Paradigms International (SPI), a technology products and service provider that grew to 3,000 employees on five continents before he sold the company in 2016. His relationship with Kennesaw State began with SPI offering internships to Coles College of Business students, many of whom became full-time employees. SPI sponsored the Department of Information Systems while Mookerji became a frequent guest lecturer, a mentor in the Master of Business Administration program and Shore Entrepreneurship Center, and a supporter for the India China America Institute, the Student Managed Investment Fund and the Modular Agile Deployment Lab. RICHARD TAYLOR a has been a certified public accountant for more than 40 years, specializing in business and tax consulting, financial planning, and audit and assurance services. He is president and owner of Avid Wealth Management Group after having held several positions at accounting firm HLB Gross Collins from 1973 to 2018. Taylor has recruited on campus at Kennesaw State every year since 1981 and has been instrumental in hiring dozens of KSU graduates and alumni in prominent positions throughout the country. He was a member of the School of Accountancy’s advisory board from 1992 to 2018, including three years as chairman, and has provided keynote addresses at honors banquets and master’s program hooding ceremonies.

Michael J. Coles College Hall of Fame

Sid Mookerji, Richard Taylor Honored as 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Coles College supporters Sid Mookerji and Richard Taylor were inducted into the Michael J. Coles College of Business Hall of Fame in October 2019. The annual event recognizes business and community leaders who promote and embody personal integrity, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. “Over the last five years, the Coles College has inducted some extraordinary people into the Hall of Fame, and this year is no exception,” said Robin Cheramie, then-interim dean of the Coles College of Business. “It is an extremely rewarding experience to honor two exceptional leaders like Sid and Richard, who have done so much for our students.”

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees Sid Mookerji and Richard Taylor



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