On September 25th, 2018, Southern Utah University welcomed Crystal Maggelet, chairman and CEO of FJ Management Inc., as a speaker for the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a course on campus that invites various successful business owners to present to the class each week. Speakers present on their accomplishments, challenges, and wisdom they’ve gained from their path to success.
During Maggelet’s presentation, she told SUU students about the importance of having a balanced life, utilizing opportunities, and always working hard to accomplish your goals.
Maggelet is the Chairman and CEO of FJ Management Inc. which includes Maverik, a convenience store chain with 260 locations, and Big West Oil petroleum refinery. Maggelet earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and her MBA from Harvard. She then partnered with her dad, Jay Call, to introduce the Crystal Inn hotel company in 1993. Soon after, she founded MacCall Management, L.L.C. with her husband, Chuck Maggelet.
In 2009, after years of managing properties within the hotel industry under Macall Management, she became the CEO of FJ Management, formerly known as Flying J Inc. The company is known for its positive culture based on their flexible approach towards management and their goal to care for both employees and shareholders. Due to their great success and reputation, FJ Management has been able to acquire and assume management of the Maverick gas stations - one of the country’s largest gas station chains.
Maggelet is also actively managing the FJ Impact Fund which helps raise money to contribute toward education. Over the past three years, the fund has contributed over $3.5 million in scholarships and donations to local universities. The fund also has scholarships available for seven different universities in Utah, including Southern Utah University.
Students left Maggelet’s speaker series presentation feeling inspired by her genuine character and optimism for the future. “The thing that I enjoyed about Crystal Maggelet is not what she said, but what she didn’t say,” remarked communication senior Karson Orme. “She holds herself at a high level of integrity and makes ethical decisions.”
The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a one credit upper division class, designed to give students the opportunity to learn from successful business owners. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to any majors. All students are welcome to attend, even if they are not enrolled in the course. The class is held Tuesdays from 11:30-12:20 in the Dixie L. Leavitt Business Building in room 126.