Cool Dad Job: Founder and CEO of La Colombe, Adventurer
Cool Dad Vibe: Mission-Driven, Caffeinated
Cool Dad Bona Fides: In addition to founding La Colombe Coffee Roasters, the dove-logo’d, rapidly expanding Starbucks-alternative, the 55-year old Carmichael is perhaps best known as being the first American to cross the South Pole by foot, unassisted, which he did in 2008. Less well publicized but no less germane, are his days living on a 1927 French yacht he restored himself, or his years spent as an envoy to Saudi Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud or that time he got himself dropped onto Nagigia, a remote Fijian island, where he spent three months surfing and building himself a hut. These days Carmichael, who married to Laura Hart, daughter of Philadelphia Flyers legendary announcer Gene Hart in 2005, divides his time opening coffee shops — La Colombe just opened its 30th — and hanging out at his home outside Philadelphia with his four children, Yemi, 16, Yordi, 13, Selah, 10, Bek, 7, all of whom were adopted from Ethiopia.