Many CSU students think about a future career, but Derek Galley
doesn’t have time to think anymore.
Galley, a junior health and exercise science major, is the
co-owner and president of a Maui Wowi Fresh Hawaiian Blends
franchise in Fort Collins.
Maui Wowi sells fresh fruit smoothies, Kona Island coffee, Rip
Sticks – a type of frozen yogurt bar – and more, Galley said.
His franchise is a mobile kiosk that he sets up at places like
the Larimer County Fair.
While running a franchise adds a lot to Galley’s plate, he said
it was not as hard as he thought it would be.
Galley, 21, said the added accountability has even helped out in
some areas of his life.
“It’s improved responsibility in a lot of categories in my
life,” he said. “You don’t just make sure you have to be at work,
you need to make sure your employees show up, too. It gives you
respect toward your old managers and what they had to go
It sometimes affects other aspects of his life.
“It’s chaotic and busy,” Galley said. “You have to sacrifice
your social life in some regards. When friends go out, I’m at home
trying to line up events. But in a lot of respects, you have a lot
of flexibility because you decide your own hours. The freedom pays
off despite the obligations.”
The idea of starting a Maui Wowi franchise first started when
Galley’s mother, Arnell Galley, sent him an article about the
company last April.
“In March 2004, (the Galley family) purchased the Maui Wowi
franchise, of which Derek is primary operator,” Arnell said.
Owning a franchise sometimes conflicts with school, but Derek
said it is just like any other job.
“Right at the beginning of the school year it was a little bit
troublesome because a lot of the events are then, but it cools down
further into the semester,” Derek said.
Matt Swenson, regional manager for Derek’s Maui Wowi franchise,
said Derek has what it takes to get the job done.
“He is a really talented, business-minded individual,” said
Swenson, a senior sports medicine major. “He is really good at
school and has great customer service skills as well.”
Derek is trying to get Maui Wowi into the Budweiser Events
Center for the winter. He has even bigger hopes for the future.
“The plan down the road is to get a Maui Wowi shop down in Old
Town,” he said.
Arnell believes this could be a reality.
“I think he has a really strong work ethic,” she said. “He has
grown in and around a family that has been self-employed. He has
motivation to know what it takes to get business to grow.”