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

InitiativeOne
Schneider
WIPFLI

Bronze Sponsors
4imprint
AON
Baker Tilly
Dental City
Imperial Supplies
Johnson Financial Group

 

Business Week Keynote and Networking Dinner, April 16, is canceled

Out of concern for the well-being of our students, community partners, and UW-Green Bay employees, the 2020 Business Week Keynote Address and Networking Dinner scheduled for April 16, 2020 at the Weidner Center has been canceled. Organizers in the Cofrin School of Business and UW-Green Bay Office of Career Services thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you at the Spring 2021 event!

 

Photo Gallery: Imperial Supplies named Recruitment Partner of the Year at Etiquette Luncheon

At the Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, UW-Green Bay Career Services announced that Imperial Supplies is its Recruitment Partner of the Year for 2019. Imperial Services has had an exceptional commitment and demonstrated comprehensive support of Career Service’s mission. Since 2011, Imperial Supplies has continued to support UW-Green Bay students in their journeys to success. Its team members have served as Mock Interview Day volunteers, participated in classroom panel discussions, made guest lecturer presentations, offered insight as featured program speakers and served on the alumni advisory board.

With headquarters in Green Bay since 1958 and only five miles from campus, local company representatives take pride in providing both time and financial support to UW-Green Bay. Imperial Supplies is an office sponsor for Career Services and a sponsor of Green Bay athletics. The organization has hosted students for job shadows, as well as welcomed students, faculty and staff onsite for informational corporate tours. Nearly 10% of all team members at Imperial’s corporate office in Green Bay are alumni of UW-Green Bay. In addition, 13 students have served as interns for Imperial since the organization launched a reputable internship program in 2018.

Linda Peacock-Landrum is in her 23rd year with UW-Green Bay Career Services, and her connection to Imperial Supplies began in her first year in Green Bay in 1997.

“That was the first year in Green Bay for both Jenny Lowe and me,” Peacock Landrum said. “We met at a local recruitment event that year, and when she transitioned to Imperial Supplies three years later, we reconnected to lay a solid foundation that our organizations could build upon.”

Lowe is the current Vice President of Human Resources for Imperial Supplies. Peacock-Landrum also sparked a connection with Sara Oettinger, a 2008 graduate of UW-Green Bay and current manager of Talent Acquisition for Imperial Supplies.

“One of my early interactions with Sara Oettinger of Imperial Supplies occurred in 2011 when she attended an event held in this very facility. She immediately offered her support and advice as an alumna to assist our students. Over the next nine years, the support, outreach and recruitment efforts by Imperial Supplies has grown,” said Peacock-Landrum. “Career Services and UW-Green Bay both are fortunate to have a partnership with Imperial Supplies. We look forward to many more engaging years in the future.”

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20-02-24- Business Week Etiquette Lunch

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and text by Joshua Konecke, Marketing and University Communication student assistants.

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
Humana
InitiativeOne
The Marq Banquet & Catering
Schneider
WIPFLI

Bronze Sponsors
4imprint
American National Bank
AON
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

Join the conversation with Stuart McKee, Microsoft’s chief technology officer, April 10

The Cofrin School of Business invites you to join in on an informal Q & A /Meet & Greet with Stuart McKee, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. State and Local Government!  It’s scheduled for Wed. April 10, 2019 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in IS1034. All are welcome to attend. On Tuesday, April 9, McKee will be the keynote presenter for the annual Business Week dinner. See more.

 

Business Week 2019 presents opportunities for all UW-Green Bay students

One didn’t have to be a business student to take advantage of a number of “Business Week” events the past few weeks including Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch, the Spring Job and Internship Fair, business and elevator pitches contests, networking receptions, and more. Business Week 2019, is co-presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services and is in its ninth year. The success of Business Week depends on the outstanding community and business support which as enabled more than 1,000 UW-Green Bay students to network with business leaders and learn the finer points of interacting as business professionals. Business Week 2019 culminates with the keynote address and Networking Dinner at the Weidner Center on April 9, when business leaders and top students engage in an evening of conversation and learning. Stuart McKee, chief technology officer, state/local government for Microsoft, is the featured speaker.

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Business Week 2019

– Photos by Liesl Sigourney and Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication

Dental City recognized as UW-Green Bay’s 2017 Recruitment Partner of the Year

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Office of Career Services has named Dental City as its 2017 Recruitment Partner of the Year, continuing a tradition of community partnership that emphasizes hands-on learning. Dental City received the award at UW-Green Bay’s Etiquette Luncheon, Feb. 19, 2018.

Over the past five years, the alumni at Dental City have been engaged with the campus and students in numerous ways. They return to campus to speak to classes, make presentations to student organizations and regularly attend events like the “Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch” to support and engage our students. Dental City has been a four-time job fair sponsor, a three-time PRO sponsor and a two-year sponsor of Business Week with the Cofrin School of Business. This organization was also instrumental in the first Communication Week, established in 2017, with the co-owners, both alumni, serving as keynote speakers for the banquet.

Dental City has a strong affiliation with alumni, with both co-owners of the company and 17 other employees being UW-Green Bay graduates. They also have employed seven student interns, with three still interning there today.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Dental City was founded in 1993 by John Mathys ’87 (Business Administration), Dave Withbroe ’87 (Business Administration and Communication Processes), and Roy Stumpf. Built from scratch, they pride themselves on gaining their customers the old fashioned way, with superior customer service and fair prices. The organization serves more than 10,000 dentists, buying groups and other individuals straight out of their corporate headquarters and 40,000 square foot distribution center.

UW-Green Bay Career Services chooses an organization or community member to receive the annual award based on their exceptional commitment to Career Services’ mission of creating learning opportunities for UW-Green Bay students in their fields of study, whether through internships or other hands-on experiences. The award was established in 2006 and first awarded in 2007, with past recipients including Baker Tilly, Associated Bank, ACUITY, Schneider, Humana, Schreiber Foods, Glen Tilot with BrowCSOB Lunch 8-1n County Human Services, the Arthritis Foundation-Northeast District, Schenck and Integrys/ WEC Energy Group.

In the photo, left to right: Jordan Lorenz ’12 (History), Eric Pigo ’03 (Communication Processes) and Angie Hertel ’07 (Business Administration) — all UW-Green Bay alumni.

For more information about UW-Green Bay Career Services, visit www.uwgb.edu/careers.

Nominate a business for the ‘Weyenberg Prize’

UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is accepting nominations for the 2018 Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence. In recognition of Tim Weyenberg’s personal, business and community impact, the Cofrin School of Business will present two prizes for business excellence that are being named the “Weyenberg Prize” in his honor. One prize will be given to an organization in the small- to medium-sized category and a second prize will be awarded to a large-sized organization. Prize winners will have demonstrated excellence in areas of leadership transformation, strategy and execution. Critical dates:

Application due date: Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Notification of finalists and site visits: Between Feb. 15 and March 9, 2018
Winners Announced: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Business Week Dinner

Applications now being accepted for the prestigious ‘Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence’

UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business is accepting nominations for the 2018 Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence. Applications are due Feb. 5. In recognition of Tim Weyenberg’s personal, business, and community impact, the Cofrin School of Business will present two prizes for business excellence that are being named the “Weyenberg Prize” in his honor. One prize will be given to an organization in the small- to medium-sized category and a second prize will be awarded to a large-sized organization. Prize winners will have demonstrated excellence in areas of leadership transformation, strategy and execution. Critical dates:
Application due date: Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Notification of finalists and site visits: Between Feb. 15 and March 9, 2018
Winners Announced: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Business Week Dinner