The MBA Entrepreneur – Fat Boys House of BBQ

8 Jul 2011 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

So much goes into starting your own business, but DeSales’ MBA program gave alumni, Crystal Calla, the tools and confidence to do just that!  Her original reason for obtaining her MBA was to give herself the leverage necessary to advance in her company and further her career in finance. 

Having recently completed her undergraduate degree, Crystal wanted to stay in the “school groove” and began her MBA classes at DeSales immediately.  During school and after graduation, Crystal helped her husband pursue his love of barbequing. 

Crystal and her husband started catering for family and friends events occasionally; the guests loved their barbeque and referrals started pouring in.  Seeing an entrepreneurial opportunity, Crystal urged her husband to give it a try.  Armed with a broad range of knowledge obtained and networks created during her experience in the DeSales MBA program, Crystal was confident she could build the business-side of their venture from scratch.  The Callas bought and converted a UPS truck, and Fat Boys House of BBQ was born.

As a result, the combination of Crystal’s business expertise and her husband’s culinary skills make the perfect ingredients for an awesome partnership to grow a successful business.  Customers line up to taste their barbeque; they even return the next day just to tell the Callas how much they enjoyed it!

Recently, Fat Boys House of BBQ participated in the “Blues, Brews and BBQ” fourth annual event in Allentown, PA.  They were sold out of 500 pounds of meat by mid-day, and their “Loaded Baked Potato Salad” won 1st place in the “Best Salad” category! 

Our congratulations go out to Crystal Calla and her husband on their win and the success of their business venture.  Though Crystal didn’t start out pursuing her MBA to become an entrepreneur, she put it this way, “Everything happens for a reason!”


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