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

That’s a wrap: Business Week dinner completes a busy month for UW-Green Bay students and community partners

33567094192_415b4cfc31_zIt culminates in the annual dinner and keynote event, but Business Week is really a month-long opportunity for business students and other UW-Green Bay students to enhance their classroom learning by participating in a variety of events, all of which include community business leaders. Events such as Learning to Dine Like a Professional, Elevator Pitch Competition, Etiquette Lunch and Mock Interview Day, help students to develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The annual Job and Internship Fair provides key networking opportunities for both community business and organizations and UW-Green Bay students. UW-Green Bay Career Services and the Cofrin School of Business are the organizers of activities. Corporate sponsorship and support is key to the success of the annual event.

At the Business Week Dinner, March 28, 2017, a number of individuals and organizations were recognized. Among those receiving awards:

Weyenberg Prize for Excellence in Business: Wipfli LLP
Wipfli Scholarship Recipient ($5,000): Justin Krizenesky

Winners of the elevator pitch competition:
Lexi Kinnard, first place
Kathryn Burger, second place
Logan Nelson, third place

Keynote presenter: Craig Dickman ’82, CEO BreakthroughFuel

Earlier last month, it was announced that Baker Tilly was honored as Recruitment Partner of the Year.

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Business Week 2017

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UW-Green Bay honors Wipfli with inaugural Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence

Rick Dreher (Wipfli), Justin Krizenesky, Maryanne and Tim Weyenberg and Dan Pichler pose for the presentation of the Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence
Left to right: Rick Dreher (Wipfli), Justin Krizenesky (UW-Green Bay student), Maryanne and Tim Weyenberg and Dan Pichler (Wipfli).

Award was presented at 2017 Business Week dinner

Green Bay, Wis. (March 27, 2017) — Wipfli LLP (Wipfli), one of the top 25 CPA and consulting firms in the United States, has been recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-Green Bay) with its inaugural Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence. The award recognizes a company that demonstrates business excellence through its leadership transformation, strategy and execution. Wipfli received the award at UW-Green Bay’s annual Business Week Dinner on Tuesday, March 28.

In addition, UW-Green Bay Business Administration student Justin Krizenesky, a freshman from Kimberly, Wis., received a $5,000 scholarship in the name of Wipfli, for best exemplifying the spirit of the Weyenberg Prize. Krizenesky’s goal is to be a high-level executive in marketing. He serves his community by participating in events to raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis and increase public awareness of the disease.

“While we are impressed by the caliber of all the companies that were nominated for this award, after much consideration the selection committee chose Wipfli for the inaugural Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence,” said David Radosevich, Ph.D, Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business at the UW-Green Bay. “The selection committee was impressed with the efforts Wipfli has made to build an intentional culture that nurtures excellence in leadership among all their associates.”

Wipfli has more than 1,800 associates in 44 offices across the United States and India, including an office in Green Bay that has been serving local businesses for over 100 years. The professional services firm provides a wide range of services to help businesses face challenges from audit and tax services to IT consulting and strategic business planning.

“Wipfli is honored to be selected by UW-Green Bay for this prestigious award, which is an affirmation of our journey to formally create a caring and servant leadership-based business model about 10 years ago,” said Rick Dreher, Wipfli’s managing partner who is based in the firm’s Green Bay office. “Tim Weyenberg is an icon of business in the Green Bay community. To be associated with him through this recognition is extremely meaningful to the firm.”

The award was created to honor Weyenberg and his personal, business and community impact. Weyenberg spent 28 years with Foth Companies, 16 years as CEO, during which time Foth Companies grew from a business with $27 million in revenue, four offices, 270 members, and 40 owners, to a business with $125 million in revenue, 18 offices, over 600 members and 140 owners.

Throughout his career, Weyenberg has been active in the community and with the University, serving as its inaugural Executive in Residence since February of 2015. In that role, he works to promote the critical connections between the University and community. The award was named after Weyenberg for his many career accomplishments and for his exemplary leadership. His unrelenting focus on building an intentional culture at Foth through core strategies of investing in leadership development, ensuring customer value and driving profitable growth, have resulted in business excellence.

The Weyenberg Prize is the result of the collaboration between UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business and InitiativeOne and their combined efforts to positively influence the greater Green Bay business community.

About Wipfli LLP
With more than 1,800 associates in 44 offices across the United States and India (including one office in Green Bay, Wisconsin), Wipfli ranks among the top 25 CPA and business consulting firms in the nation. The firm provides private and publicly held companies with industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to help clients overcome their business challenges today and plan for tomorrow. Through the firm’s membership in Allinial Global, Wipfli can draw upon the resources of firms from around the world, helping businesses whenever and wherever they need it. For more information, visit wipfli.com.

About the Sponsors
The Weyenberg Prize is the most recent partnership between UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business and InitiativeOne to positively influence the greater Green Bay business community. InitiativeOne guided the creation of the criteria and co-sponsored, along with the School of Business, the student scholarship associated with Weyenberg Prize. The Cofrin School of Business prepares tomorrow’s business and organizational leaders for success through coursework, internships and profession development — providing undergraduate instruction in business administration and accounting, and a graduate degree in management. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About Business Week
In its seventh year, Business Week has proven valuable to both business leaders and students in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Students enhance their classroom learning by participating in a variety of events, all of which include community business leaders. Events such as Learning to Dine Like a Professional, Elevator Pitch Competition, Etiquette Lunch and Mock Interview Day, help students to develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The annual Job and Internship Fair provides key networking opportunities for both community business and organizations and UW-Green Bay students.

In the photo above, left to right: Rick Dreher (Wipfli), Justin Krizenesky (UW-Green Bay student), Maryanne and Tim Weyenberg and Dan Pichler (Wipfli). Photo by Marketing and University Communication photographer Dan Moore.

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Student in Elevator Pitch Competition During Business Week

Another busy Business Week (or two)

It was another great week (or two) from the folks in UW-Green Bay Career Services. Focused programing on preparing students for life after college resulted in hundreds attending Business Week. They covered topics such as “Salary Expectations: When is it Appropriate to Negotiate?”
and “LinkedIn: The Basics to Get Started Workshop.” Nearly 50 students took advantage of dining with 42 community members during the “Dining with a Professional Etiquette Lunch” and 66 students took advantage of the LinkedIn photo booth for professional portraits. Reported earlier, Baker Tilly received the “Recruitment Partner of the Year Award.” This and so much more. University photographers caught some of the action.

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Business Week 2017

– Photos by Amanda Jo Danihel and Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication