Canadian and recent Broad MBA graduate Meredith Boxberger just might be the most interesting person in the world. She played collegiate-level softball on scholarship. She started and ran her own franchise restaurant after completing her undergraduate degree. And she can eat more than any Canadian, as she is currently the number-one-ranked competitive eater in Canada and 23rd-ranked competitive eater in Major League Eating.
Born in Michigan but raised in Barrie, Ontario, Boxberger has a passion for food and the food industry. After graduating from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s in business, she opened, owned and operated a Little Caesars franchise in Newmarket, Ontario.
Boxberger left the business to pursue her MBA degree at Broad, but she says he is really proud of what she was able to do with her pizza chain, particularly in regards to giving back to the community.
“We were able set up a program with the local shelter where we donated over a hundred pizzas a week to the less fortunate,” Boxberger said.
Her decision to pursue an MBA was so that she could get a deeper understanding of the industry she had been working in.
“The marketing aspects of the business were what I excelled at and what I found particularly intriguing and I realized that I wanted to learn more about marketing and pursue a career focused in this area. I had obtained a good amount of practical knowledge and experience from my five years of owning and operating the business, but I wanted to give myself a more solid foundation in marketing before I went on to pursue a career in this field,” she said.
Boxberger said she chose the Broad MBA because of the high quality of the program and return on investment Broad’s degree offered. “I was impressed with the down-to-earth students that took their time to show me around and answer my questions, the personal interactions that I saw between students and professors, and the collaborative spirit of the program,” Boxberger said.
She found that the collaborative team environment provided opportunities to teach and learn using each person’s unique experience and strengths.
“I built a network of friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life and close relationships with professors whom I can still lean on for advice. My time at Broad energized me to pursue my career but through the people I met and the relationships I formed, I came out with an appreciation for what’s important along that journey,” she said.
Currently Boxberger is an associate brand manager with Mars Chocolate North America, a position she acquired because of an internship she completed while in the Broad MBA program. Her work focuses on the variety bag business, finding opportunities for growth and supporting the seasonal team in their work.
Mars doesn’t have to worry too much about Boxberger eating all of the M&Ms, though. Her current focus is on hot dogs. Her record is 26 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. That being said, she has been spotted in pizza-eating contests and is known for her pancake prowess.
Content courtesy of Michigan State University (Broad College of Business).
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