Stuart McKee speaks at the Business Week Dinner

Photos: Klumb twins, Festival Foods, DeLeers, take home top honors for 2019 Business Week

The annual Business Week Keynote and Networking Dinner, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 was the culmination of a series of events over the course of a number of weeks organized by the Cofrin School of Business and UW-Green Bay Career Services. The standing-room only event is held on the Weidner Center stage, and is a venue where business leaders, UW-Green Bay business students, faculty and staff, and community members unite for an evening of networking and celebration.

Weyenberg Prize for Excellence in Business
The prize for business excellence is named in recognition of Tim Weyenberg, former CEO and Executive Chair of the Board of Directors for Foth Companies, and first-ever executive-in-residence for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. The 2019 Weyenberg Prize is awarded to two deserving companies that demonstrate the three essential elements for business excellence — leadership transformation, strategy and execution. In addition, two separate scholarships of $2,500 each are awarded in the name of the winning companies. The awards go to the UW-Green Bay business students who best exemplify the spirit of the Weyenberg Prize.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, Festival Foods

With only $500 of borrowed money and a lot of enthusiasm, Paul and Jane Skogen opened a grocery store in Onalaska, Wisconsin, in 1946. That enthusiasm, along with a service-focused business plan, helped the fledgling company to grow until beginning operations as Festival Foods in 1990. Today, the family-and employee-owned company operates 32 full-service, state-of-the-art supermarkets and employs more than 7,500 associates. Accepting the award for Festival Foods was Vice President of Store Operations, Frank Abnet. The award includes an accompanying named scholarship to a UW-Green Bay student.

Festival Scholarship recipient, Kody Klumb
Kody Klumb is a junior from Marinette, Wis. studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. His goal is to become a Certified Financial Planner. He serves as the vice president of the UW-Green Bay Student Finance Association and he is also a Midwest Regional Conference coordinator for the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In his free time, he participates in intramural sports and volunteers at local nursing homes.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, DeLeers Construction
Joseph “Jake” DeLeers began building homes in 1945. It did not take long for homes built by DeLeers to earn a reputation for precise construction “with no corners cut and no excuses given.” That dedication to quality workmanship inspired Jake’s son, Jerry, to carry on the tradition of quality, ethics and service. Today, Jerry’s sons, Jim and Paul, operate DeLeers Construction in its third generation with the help of more than 100 employees. The award includes an accompanying named scholarship to a UW-Green Bay student.

DeLeers Construction Scholarship recipient, Kyle Klumb
Kyle Klumb is the twin brother of previous recipient Kody Klumb. Kyle is a junior from Marinette, Wis. studying Accounting with the goal of becoming a CPA. He serves as President of the UW-Green Bay. Student Finance Association and is a Midwest Regional Conference Coordinator for the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In his free time, he participates in intramural sports and volunteers at the Salvation Army.

About keynote speaker, Stuart McKee
Stuart McKee joined Microsoft as the first U.S. national technology officer in June 2004 and continues his focus as the chief technology officer (CTO) for U.S. state and local government business. As CTO, he is responsible for driving a comprehensive set of technical and business strategies with both an internal and external focus — shaping and articulating Microsoft’s technology vision and strategy. In his tenure Stuart has helped create effective solutions from cybersecurity to public records.

60-Second Elevator Pitch Competition
Savvy job seekers have a personal elevator pitch to use during quick encounters with hiring officials at job fairs, during networking events or a chance meeting someplace else. An elevator pitch is a carefully crafted message designed to explain strengths, abilities and goals to a professional or business executive. The catch — it must be given in the time that it takes to ride up an elevator — 60 seconds or less! Students prepared and competed for top honors and prizes in the elevator pitch competition and network night. Congratulations to:

First place, Laura Van Remortel
Second place, Vanessa Buman
Third place (tie) Jolyn Schleis and Jordyn Vanden Heuvel

Phoenix Trading Competition
The Phoenix Trader of the Year is a simulated trading competition organized by the Student Finance Association (SFA). The competition is open to all UW-Green Bay students. Traders started with initial capital of $1,000,000 on November 1, 2018. They were able to trade equities, futures, options, currencies, futures options and bonds on the StockTrak Trading Simulation software until March 1, 2019. The top three traders with the highest portfolio value at the end of the trading period were selected as winners. By the end of the competition period, the top three traders have generated a combined trading profit of $395,253 on their initial total capital of $3,000,000. That translates to an annualized return of 49.2% over the trading period. Congratulations to:

First place, DeAndre Theisen
Second place, Ryan Mead
Third place, Logan Kinsella

Business Week thanks its sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors
Bay Industries
Pomp’s Tire

Gold Sponsor
Wisconsin Public Service

Silver Sponsors
Associated Bank
Bank First
Camera Corner Connecting Point
DeLeers Construction
Terry & Kris Fulwiler
Green Bay Packers
The Marq Banquet & Catering

Bronze Sponsors
American National Bank
Baker Tilly
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)
Dental City
Global Recognition
Imperial Supplies
Johnson Financial Group
Proctor & Gamble
WS Packaging Group

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Business Week Dinner 2019

Chartwells ‘soft rolls’ sushi in the Garden Cafe this week

Chartwells “soft rolled” sushi this week in the Garden Cafe… pun intended! It’s already a very popular choice! Here’s more:

-AFC Sushi is a service that was contracted through the Chartwells and the University
-Sushi is made fresh daily
-Student feedback suggested sushi on campus as a dining offering
-Sushi is an additional gluten-free option (minus the soy sauce) with vegetarian and vegan selections available
-Grab & Go Sushi is available in the Garden Café throughout the day
-Made to order Sushi is available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Garden Café daily
-Party Platter Sushi is available
-Students/faculty/staff can purchase sushi with Dining/Pass/FAST Points
-A transfer meal option will not be available for sushi at this time



Tonight: ‘The Art of Robert Rauschenberg,’ a pre-show lecture

“The Art of Robert Rauschenberg,” a pre-show lecture by Assistant Prof. Sam Watson (Art and Design), will be tonight, Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus. This event is free and open to the public. This pre-show lecture will take ahead of a performance of “bobrauschenbergamerica,” which runs Wednesday-Saturday, April 10-13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more. Purchase tickets.

‘Cool Chemistry’ event at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, Tuesday, April 23

Young scientists ages 5 and up are invited for a free educational, exciting and explosive evening of Cool Chemistry! The event will be taking place at the UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Come and experience explosions, color-changing solutions, solid foams, dry ice fog and fire. After the show, you can make your own slime. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show. Only 350 people will be admitted. For a chance to be a volunteer participant, pick up a ticket at the door. Questions may be directed to UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus Associate Prof. James Kabrhel (Chemistry) at 920-663-7334 or Check out the event on Facebook

UW-Green Bay students spend an hour with Microsoft’s Stuart McKee

Microsoft CTO Stuart McKee

Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for U.S. State and Local Government, Stuart McKee, met with about 30 students, faculty and staff on Wednesday. McKee was a also the keynote presenter at the Business Week dinner, Tuesday, April 11, 2019. Students said they appreciated the opportunity to hear from McKee and said they learned “to seize opportunities when they are presented to you because you never know where they might take you.”

Students in the Academic Competition

Photos: High school students flex academic muscles at UW-Green Bay this week

It’s a competition that dates back decades, and for the last two years, UW-Green Bay has had the privilege of hosting. The 2019 Academic Competition brought more than 375 competitors from 15 Northeast Wisconsin schools to the Green Bay Campus on Tuesday, April 9. Students were accompanied by 50 high school teachers who served as academic team coaches. Teams competed in one of four subject areas — English language arts, math, science and social studies. UW-Green Bay K-12 Relations staff from UW-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement planned the event.

“We are pleased to work with area high schools to provide a venue for high school students to flex their academic muscles and engage with UW-Green Bay faculty,” said Crystal Williams, program specialist for the Division.

“We also want to acknowledge the UW-Green Bay faculty that helped with question writing and scoring: Rebecca Nesvet, Jennifer Ronsman, Paul Emmett, Tara DaPra, Woo Jeon, Mark Norfleet, Vince Lowery, Aaron Weinschenk, Daniel Kallgren, Melvin Johnson, Amanda Nelson, Jeremy Intemann, Brian Welsch and Uwe Pott. Scoring assistance was also provided by UW-Green Bay students Lori Noto, Amanda Trudeau, Megan Schoenauer, Scott Owen, Tyler Klackner and Rachel Rabas. Volunteers from the Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement helped to ensure the night of the competition was a success. This long-time event wouldn’t be made possible without their contribution and support!”

The final results of the night:

English Language Arts
First place – De Pere
Second place – Bay Port
Third Place – West De Pere
Fourth Place – Green Bay Southwest

Math (tie for 1st and 3rd)
Tie for first place – West De Pere A and Southwest A
Tie for third place – Green Bay East A and Ashwaubenon A

First placePreble
Second place – Bay Port
Third place – Ashwaubnenon A
Fourth place – Southwest A

Social Studies
First place – West De Pere A
Second place – Southwest A
Third place – Pulaski
Fourth place – Ashwaubenon


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High School Academic Competition 2019

– Photos by Daniel Moore and Tessa Tilot