Six students receive CMA (Certified Management Accountant) scholarships

Awarded by IMA to Support Future Leaders in Management Accounting

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is pleased to announce that six students have been awarded CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) scholarships from IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants). The list of students honored with this award includes:

Garrett Crowe
Victoria Ertl
Cory Gruendemann
Kelley Prince
Madelyn Relien
Carly Reynders

As part of its mission to advance the management accounting profession, IMA offers the CMA Scholarship Program to top full-time accounting, finance, and business administration students who are nominated by their professors. Recipients receive a comprehensive package of benefits enabling them to study for and take the CMA exam at no cost while they’re still in school.

Designed specifically for finance and accounting professionals working in business, the CMA certification program is a relevant assessment of advanced accounting and financial management knowledge in critical areas such as financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support. The CMA exam includes two parts: Financial Planning, Performance, and Analytics; and Strategic Financial Management.

“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is pleased to recognize these six outstanding students,” said Heather Kaminski, DBA, CMA assistant professor of accounting at UW-Green Bay. “The scholarships are a substantial benefit to our students, allowing them to prepare for and pass the CMA exam.”

“We congratulate this group of outstanding students for their accomplishments and dedication to the field of management accounting,” added Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CMA, CPA, IMA professor-in-residence and vice president of research and policy. “Students who prepare for the CMA while in school will stand out in the workforce and will contribute to the performance of organizations throughout their careers.”

IMA accepts CMA Scholarship nominations on a rolling basis. Professors can submit an CMA Scholarship Form to nominate up to 10 students each year. Visit for details.

For more information about the CMA certification program, visit IMA’s website:

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA® is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) and CSCA®(Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis) programs, continuing education, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. Twice named Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, IMA has a global network of about 140,000 members in 150 countries and more than 350 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit


Cultivate Taste Tea, owned by UW-Green Bay alumna, announces open house, June 3

You are invited to the open house/ribbon cutting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Cultivate Taste Tea, owned by UW-Green Bay alumna and entrepreneur Jennifer Nowicki ’19 (Business Administration). Nowicki’s new location is in downtown Green Bay at 520 N. Broadway St, Suite 120. The new spot is located in a building owned by UW-Green Bay alumnus Paul Belschner ’95 (Accounting) of Base Companies. For more information, see the event on Facebook.

Alumna Martha Baldwin transitions to Pillars Crisis Housing Director

Pillars welcomes Martha Baldwin ’99 (Accounting) as the new Crisis Housing director. She officially transitioned into this role on March 1 after previously working as finance director at Pillars since August 2019.

“I feel honored to be given the opportunity to expand upon the important work that Pillars does to serve those in our community who are experiencing homelessness,” said Baldwin. “Pillars is dedicated to its mission of providing shelter, support, and solutions to address the housing needs in our community. I feel as though my nearly 10 years in serving low-income families in multiple public-school districts, my education in public administration, and my passion for collaboration and connection will help further that mission alongside each of the dedicated members of our team.”

Baldwin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in accounting, received her Master’s Degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, and is a certified public accountant. During her time as finance director, Baldwin improved financial reporting processes at Pillars, rebuilt the budgeting process, implemented a new credit card system, and supported numerous other operations within the organization. As Crisis Housing director, Baldwin will lead the 44-member Crisis Housing team in strategic direction and daily operations, managing resources, and processes to drive the Pillars mission forward.

“Martha has consistently shown the leadership, skill, and passion to serve the Crisis Housing team in this role,” said Joe Mauthe, Pillars Executive Director. “She has a heart for the work we do at Pillars, and I am confident that she will continue to develop our client-focused culture while truly respecting the talent and strengths that each team member brings to this important work.”

Crisis Housing meets immediate needs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness with shelter and resources available at Pillars Adult Shelter, Pillars Adult & Family Shelter, and Pillars Resource Center.

Werner Electric Supply Promotes Vice President

Werner Electric Supply recently promoted Bill Kocha to vice president of accounting and financial planning & analysis at its headquarters in Appleton. Kocha is a certified public accountant and graduated from UW-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.

Source: Werner Electric Supply Promotes Vice President, tED Magazine

Alumnus Bill Kocha promoted at Werner Electric Supply

UW-Green Bay alumnus Bill Kocha ’02 (Accounting, Finance) is now VP of accounting and financial planning & analysis. Prior to his promotion, Kocha held positions at Werner Electric Supply as a controller and the director of finance. In his new role, Kocha will lead the finance organization and its strategic development of people, processes, and policies. Kocha is a certified public accountant and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.

Source: Kocha Promoted at Werner Electric Supply

Current Connect for UW-Green Bay employees is Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

Current Young Professionals (CYP) provides an opportunity for individuals to participate in professional development, social networking, and community engagement opportunities within Greater Green Bay. All UW-Green Bay employees at the Green Bay campus are eligible for a free membership to CYP (normally a $125 cost for an individual membership)! You’re invited to learn more about CYP and how you can benefit by signing up for a membership at a virtual Current Connect event on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. on Teams. During this event, you will hear from current ambassadors Kelsey Lutzow and Katie Burke, UW-Green Bay faculty members in Accounting. Learn more about Current Young Professionals here.

School of Business majors open house

The Cofrin School of Business is hosting a virtual open house for any students interested in learning more about a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Management, or an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, or Business Analysis. This free public event is on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 1 to 2 p.m. Students can stop by virtually to talk with the Student Success Advisor, Student & Community Engagement Coordinator, and faculty from the School of Business. This event will be on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

UW-Green Bay senior Karly Skaletski talks about her favorite feature of online learning

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrated that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Karly Skaletski

Karly Skaletski is a double major in Business Administration and Accounting. She is a senior this year.

“One of my favorite features of online classes includes video lectures. It is very helpful to re-watch lectures to understand the concepts better and to have the ability to pause lectures to catch-up on taking notes. For example, my professors wrote down accounting examples that we could follow along step-by-step and refer back to the videos when necessary.”

2020 Business Week award top honors to Pokorny, Vanderhoef, Foth and C.A. Lawton

Each year personnel from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business and Career Services office organize a series of events over the course of a number of weeks that culminates with the annual Business Week Keynote and Networking Dinner.

Like many other events in 2020, Business Week events had to be transformed to meet the current environment and the needs of UW-Green Bay students. Thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff on campus along with the help of area business leaders, alumni and community members, Business Week 2020 was successful and transformational.

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 2020 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, Foth

As a young electrical engineer, Herbert Foth organized a small engineering firm in Green Bay, Wisconsin with four employees and several area municipalities as clients. That modest beginning in 1938, coupled with an ongoing commitment to delivering personalized, client-centered service and being member-owned, created the foundation for today’s organization. With 26 locations and almost 600 members, Foth delivers technical solutions for public and private clients around the globe and prides itself on solving its clients’ toughest science and engineering challenges.

Foth Scholarship recipient, Dylon Pokorny
Dylon Pokorny is a junior from Waupun, Wis. studying Business Administration with a double emphasis in Supply Chain Management and General Management. He serves as the president of the UW-Green Bay APICS Chapter and interns with a local trucking company, Paper Transport, Inc. In his free time, he owns and manages his small business Pokorny’s Bees and takes an active role in the development of his community.

Weyenberg Prize Winner, C.A. Lawton
The C.A. Lawton Co., established in 1879, is an industry leading foundry located in De Pere, Wis. Lawton has produced castings and machined components for five generations. The company provides complete on-site pattern, casting, machining, testing and assembly capabilities. Lawton is a continuous improvement company, applying LEAN principles to remove waste from all processes and improve efficiency. Lawton is part of a specialty metals platform family of foundries operating under the umbrella of Oakland Standard to provide it’s customers comprehensive access to multiple cast materials. This specialty metals platform serves various industries including air handling, water utility, mining, energy, cement and heavy equipment.

C.A. Lawton Scholarship recipient, Kate Vanderhoef
Kate Vanderhoef is a junior from Waunakee, Wis. majoring in Accounting, Business Administration with a Finance emphasis, and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, her goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant and work at one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is the treasurer of the University’s Colleges Against Cancer Club and also a member of the UW-Green Bay swim team.

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, Jada Taylor
Second place, Mackenzie Salta
Third place (tie) Jordan Ogren and Dylon Pokorny

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 4, 2019. They were able to trade equities, futures, options, currencies, futures options and bonds on the StockTrak Trading Simulation software until February 28, 2020. 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 $4,162,132 on their initial total capital of $3,000,000. That translates to a return of 138.74% over the trading period. Congratulations to:

First place, DeAndre Theisen
Second place, Adam Rakers
Third place, Juan Cortes

Thank you to these Business Week sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
Green Bay Packers

Silver Sponsors
Terry & Kris Fulwiler
Global Recognition


Bronze Sponsors
Baker Tilly
Dental City
Imperial Supplies
Johnson Financial Group