Driven to Create a Recipe for Success
Jack Barber ’16 / Cape Elizabeth, Maine
"I grew up in a food-driven family and loved every minute of it.
"During my first year of college, I found a way to combine my love of cooking with my entrepreneurial ambitions when my childhood friend and I started Mainely Burgers, a food truck company that now has three trucks and 15 employees. Entrepreneurship in my mind is seizing a market opportunity, and the Portland, Maine, food scene presented us with a great chance to pioneer the food truck revolution in Maine.
“In the fall of 2012, I transferred to Babson. I wanted a smaller school where I could gain a strong business foundation, and I found the transition to be extremely easy. Right away, I felt a part of the culture here, and a big reason for that was my joining the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Babson ski team. As a member of each group, I’m surrounded with amazing friends who are committed to working together to motivate one another—it has helped me grow as a team player, which will serve me well in the business world.
“Being an entrepreneur, I realized how important it was to surround myself with like-minded students and faculty who would help improve my business. While the faculty here have improved my management skills from a financial, marketing, and operational perspective, the insights I’ve gained from my classmates have been extremely useful in the development of Mainely Burgers. The special thing about Babson is how I can bounce ideas and information off people from all over the world to get global perspectives on business and business planning.
“The education I’ve received from Babson has put me in an ideal situation to pursue my passions—currently I’m interested in the growing field of sports analytics. There is a huge market opportunity for analytics within the sports industry as it becomes more prevalent in order to run a successful franchise. Regardless of what industry I participate in, I’ll be in the forefront making a difference and taking the risks necessary to be successful.”