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

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

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

Gochnauer inspires at Business Week final event

In front of a full Weidner Center stage, Richard Gochnauer provided inspirational advice to a Business Week dinner crowd that included University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the many regional business executives who support UWGB’s annual Business Week events.

Gochnauer, retired (2011) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Stationers, Deerfield, Ill., presented the keynote address at UWGB’s Business Week Keynote Networking Dinner, March 31.

His advice? 1. Choose to work at a place that values family and culture. Gochnauer said working for Schreiber Cheese CEO Bob Bush fresh out of Harvard graduate school, when he could have started elsewhere in a more prestigious opportunity and at a higher salary, was the best decision of his career. 2. Learn business from the bottom-up. Managers should start “on the floor” and understand the mechanics and dynamics of a company. 3. The performance of the team members, and their ability to communicate and problem solve, will lead to success. 4. Work for a purpose-driven organization. Give a team a purpose, and it will succeed.

Also that evening, longtime UWGB lecturer and one of the key founders and organizers of UWGB Business Week, Larry McGregor, was honored for his dedication and commitment to the annual event. “Larry, you are the only person here that probably knows every single person in this room,” commented emcee Tim Weyenberg, Cofrin School of Business Executive in Residence.

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Business Week Dinner 2016

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

A number of students were recognized at the event hosted by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and UWGB Career Services:

Elevator Pitch Competition:

  • Mallory Woloszyk, First Place
  • Amanda Haessly, Second Place
  • Casey Aschliman, Third Place
  • Jack Ambrosius, Third Place

Receiving Phoenix Trader of the Year recognition:

  • Ben Lindberg, First Place
  • Bryan Boeck, Second Place
  • Sam Manders, Third Place

Recognized Scholarship Recipients:

Trevor Olsen plans to graduate in May of 2018 with an Accounting degree. Trevor has actively served the UWGB campus community as a supervisor for A’viands and served his community while earning his Eagle Scout Award. He also served as a missionary for his church in Hungary for two years and was responsible for leading, training, and supporting a team of other missionaries. Trevor is currently a finance and accounting intern at Schreiber Foods and plans to become a CPA. He hopes to continue his education with an MBA degree and to one day become a Chief Financial Officer for a corporation.

Kyle Marshall plans to graduate in May of 2017 with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration, focusing on both finance and management. He is active in the Cofrin School of Business serving as the current treasurer for the Student Finance Association. He was a recent member of the Entrepreneurship Professor Recruitment Committee, which helped the School of Business interview and hire a new faculty member. Kyle will present findings of a student research project at the Posters in the Rotunda event in Madison this spring. He is also a member of the Phoenix Nordic Ski team. Kyle has accepted a summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Minneapolis as an assurance intern.

Natalie Eckstein plans to graduate in May of 2017 with a Business Administration degree and emphases in both human resources and marketing. She is a member of UW-Green Bay’s cheer team and participates in various community events throughout Green Bay, focusing on the development and mentorship of young children and teens. With an interest in human resources and air transportation, Natalie aspires to work as a human resources manager for a major airline. She is focused on employee development and has an interest in working outside the United States as a way to expand her own experiences.

In its sixth year, Business Week has proven valuable to both business leaders and students in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Students are able to add to their classroom learning by participating in a variety of events, all of which include community business leaders. Events leading up to the keynote, such as the Learning to Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch and Mock Interview Day help students develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The Job and Internship Fair and Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Night give students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and become more than a name on a resume. The event is sponsored by UWGB’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and the Office of Career Services and supported by many community businesses and organizations.

For more on Business Week coverage, see A busy start to Business Week 2016.

Big Week for Business Week 2016

UW-Green Bay’s Business Week 2016 wraps-up next week with national business leader Richard W. Gochnauer, retired (2011) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Stationers, Deerfield, Ill. presenting the keynote address at the Business Week Keynote Networking Dinner. The event is from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31 on the stage of UWGB’s Weidner Center. Organizers expect a full house. Read more.

National business leader Gochnauer to present at Business Week 2016 Keynote Event

Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Business Week 2016 will feature a national business leader with Midwest roots and a long history of working with successful organizations. Richard W. Gochnauer, retired (2011) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Stationers, Deerfield, Ill. will present the keynote address at UW-Green Bay’s Business Week Keynote Networking Dinner.

Richard Gochnauer
Richard Gochnauer

The event will be held from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 31 on the stage of UWGB’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, with the dinner beginning at 5:45 p.m. The event engages business leaders and top students in an evening of networking, conversation and learning. Gochnauer is expected to use his past leadership and insight to speak about the keys to business success and the future of business leadership in the United States. The title of his keynote address will be, “Lessons Learned: Implications for Business Today and in the Future.”

Gochnauer joined United Stationers (now Essendant) in July 2002 as Chief Operating Officer and Director. In December 2002, he was named the company’s President and CEO. United Stationers is a leading wholesale distributor of office and business products. From 1994 until he joined United, Gochnauer held the positions of Vice Chairman and President, International, and President COO of Golden State Foods (GSF), a privately held food company that manufactures and distributes food and paper products for McDonald’s Corporation and other customers in 55 countries. Prior to GSF, he served as Executive Vice President of the Dial Corporation; President of the Stella Cheese Company, a division of Universal Foods; and as President of the international division of Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Gochnauer earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. He serves on the boards of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, UGI Corporation, and Golden State Foods. His non-profit work includes service on the boards of Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Opportunity International Global Board and the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. He is a past board member for the Saint Joseph Ballet, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Rising Tide Transitional Housing, the Foundation for Christian Fellowship, and the Green Bay, Milwaukee and Phoenix YMCAs. The Gochnauers also have a named Phuture Phoenix Endowed Scholarship at UWGB.

Gochnauer, has strong ties to Green Bay. Both his father and grandfather were residents of the area. Gochnauer spent his summers in Green Bay as a child. He and his wife Beth — a member of the UWGB Chancellor’s Council of Trustees/Foundation Board — have two adult children and three grandchildren.

In its sixth year, Business Week has proven valuable to both business leaders and students in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business. Students are able to add to their classroom learning by participating in a variety of events, all of which include community business leaders. Events leading up to the keynote, such as the Learning to Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch and Mock Interview Day help students develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The Job and Internship Fair and Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Night give students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and become more than a name on a resume. The event is sponsored by UWGB’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and the Office of Career Services.

Cost of the event is covered by private sponsorship. Seating is limited. If interested in attending, contact Beverly Hendricks, administrative assistant for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, 920-465-2044 hendricb@uwgb.edu to reserve a seat.

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Associated Bank recognized as Recruitment Partner of the Year

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Office of Career Services has named Associated Bank as its 2015 Recruitment Partner of the Year, continuing a tradition of community partnership that emphasizes hands-on learning. Associated Bank associates were on hand to receive the award during UWGB’s Etiquette Luncheon on February 29.

Over the past 10 years, Associated Bank has been engaged with the campus and students in numerous ways. The partnership between UW-Green Bay and Associated has continued to grow with the financial institution’s consistent presence at job fairs, on-campus interviews, class presentations, mock interviews and specialty programs like “Internship Mania.” This organization has been a five-year sponsor of Business Week and a three-year sponsor of Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO). There have been at least 30 students who have interned with the company since 2002.

“Community partnerships are key to our work in Career Services,” says Career Services Director Linda Peacock-Landrum. “In working with these organizations, we collectively provide learning experiences for students via numerous formats. Our students play vital roles as interns, and our graduates become solid, contributing employees who offer a direct benefit to these organizations.”

Associated has had a strong affiliation with more than 100 alumni throughout the years. Many of those alumni have started their career in banking at Associated and are still in the banking profession today. The tradition will continue in 2016 with graduates Jose Villa, Phillip Anschutz and Emily Blaha joining Associated. UWGB alumni Ryan Streicher and Joe Miller joined the Associated Bank team last year.

“Our multifaceted relationship with UWGB has benefitted both our organizations,” said Judy Docter, Associated executive vice president and chief human resources officer.  “More importantly, it has helped a significant number of students identify career directions and springboard into professional opportunities in the financial services industry. It’s fair to say that we’re an even stronger company thanks to working with the University to identify students who will contribute to our future as employees.”

Headquartered in Green Bay, Associated Bank has a legacy of service that spans over 150 years. It has over 200 banking offices serving more than 100 communities in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers traditional banking services along with a variety of other services and financial products.

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 Integrys, Schenck Business Solutions, the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Wisconsin, Glen Tilot with Brown County Human Services, Schreiber Foods, Schneider, ACUITY and Humana.

In the photo, front, left to right: Nathan Vandenbranden, Cordero Barkley, Sarah Schwarten, Jeff Schofield and Denis Hogan. Back: Jennifer Bauer, Stephanie Crowe, Amy Jo Derenne, Tracy Hildner and Tommie Preslaski.

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

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UW-Green Bay creates ‘Community Partnership Award in Business’

Recognizing and encouraging campus-community collaboration is the aim of a newly created awards program open to students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Beginning in 2016, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business will annually present a $5,000 scholarship to a selected undergraduate or graduate student and a $5,000 cash award to a faculty or staff member whose efforts are viewed as best exemplifying the University’s commitment to regional growth and development.

Made possible through private donations, the program will be coordinated by the Cofrin School of Business.

Tim Weyenberg, longtime CEO and current executive board chairman of the Foth Companies, is funding the program’s launch. Weyenberg serves as the Cofrin School’s first-ever Executive in Residence.

“This is another way to further connect the Cofrin School of Business to the regional business community, and to highlight the collaboration already taking place,” he says. “Those partnerships can take place in a variety of ways. The plan here is to honor that work and, additionally, incentivize even more partnerships in the future.”

The presentation of the first Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business to a UW-Green Bay faculty or staff member will most likely take place at the annual campus-community Business Week reception, scheduled this year for the last week in March. A committee with both campus and community representation will review nominations and applications to choose the recipient.

The student scholarship award will be earmarked for an outstanding student with a demonstrated record of achievement or potential in business leadership. Specific criteria and details of the application process will be finalized later in 2016, with the first award to be made during the 2016-17 academic year.

Weyenberg notes that although he and UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller see the awards program having a natural home in the Cofrin School of Business, the selection committees will also invite nominations and applications from individuals outside the Business and Accounting programs and Master’s in Management track.

Miller says creation of the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Award in Business is in keeping with UW-Green Bay’s commitment to the powers of Place, Innovation and Transformation.

“This University is poised to pursue even more value-adding partnerships involving business, government and the nonprofit sector,” Miller says. “We need to anticipate the changing economy and support entrepreneurism and commerce.

“We also need to build more opportunities for students and faculty, and take a direct role in developing the talent for that innovation economy. The new Community Partnership Award highlights that work and also encourages and rewards those at UW-Green Bay who lead those efforts.”

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Dave Skogen delivers motivating Business Week keynote

Festival Foods Chairman of the Board Dave Skogen had a message to share after nearly six decades in business. Life is about “earning, learning and returning.” Skogen presented to a full house on the stage of UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday (March 26) evening as the keynote speaker for the University’s fifth annual Business Week dinner. His keynote address, a photo gallery of the event, and list of honors and recognition for the Austin E. Cofrin’s School of Business students is now live.