Al “Bubba” Baker Featured at Madonna Leadership Speaker Series

June 15, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University hosted the final Leadership Speaker Series Breakfast for the 2016-2017 academic year with featured speaker, Al “Bubba” Baker, former Detroit Lions defensive lineman and entrepreneur. Baker spoke to 100 guests about the champion in all of us, about faith, perseverance, and the will to succeed.

In an inspiring and entertaining presentation, Bubba shared how BBQ has always been his life; his passion. Married for 34 years to a woman who thought BBQ ribs were “too messy”, he was determined to come up with a way that she could enjoy the tender, juicy, goodness of ribs. He has a patent for his boneless ribs, and in 2013 appeared on the TV show “Shark Tank” where he secured $300,000 for a 30 percent share in his company Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs. What was a $154,000 company before Shark Tank, is currently at $16 million.

Baker believes God has blessed us all with talents and skills, and it’s up to us to use those skills. “Write down your goals,” he said. “If you don’t have time to write them down, you’ll never know if you’re getting closer or further from reaching them. Get focused and pull that champion out of you.”

Baker reminded students, faculty and guests that we have to be evolving and learning every day, and everything we do we must do out of love.”

The Leadership Speaker Series will begin again in the fall, with three more guest speakers.

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