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Walleye Weekend Success

Several Business Success Center interns completed a different type of multifaceted approach to working at this years Walleye Weekend, an event that is organized by Fond Du Lac Festivals. Fond Du Lac Festivals Inc. is a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating community through events that showcase Fond Du Lac while enhancing the quality of life for residence by providing assistance to local charitable organizations.

Rachael Horkman and Maddison Warde managed the large concert stage with a national touring rock band performing Saturday night along with several other bands performing throughout the weekend. They also handled logistics, sponsorship, hospitality, and VIP guests. When asked about the event, Maddison said “I loved every minute of it, and it only helped me confirm that something like stage managing and working with artists is still a career I see for myself.”

KJ Hamillton and Jamie Burns filled in as marketing interns for this event. They worked hands on with supplies, event promotion, the VIP tent, the UWO Marching Band, and much more.

Allie Broeniman was a photographer, capturing the event as a visual storyteller and then worked with other Social Media staff to help communicate the story of the weekend.

Chaz Puckett is a marketing and sales intern at Open Road Harley and worked closely with their piece of the event. This organization was an essential part of the “Hearts to Heros” tour where 2-3 hundred motorcyclists rode throughout Fond Du Lac County. This year’s beneficiaries for the Hearts of Heros ride are: Salute the Troops of Fond Du Lac – providing assistance to veterans in need; Shards, Inc. of Fond Du Lac – providing no cost metal health support for veterans and their families; and the American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

Overall this event was a lot of fun and great experience for the BSC students.

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Welcome John Tackis

As the newly hired Director, Wisconsin Aerospace Partnership (WisAP), Mr. Tackis brings a wealth of leadership, knowledge, and experience following 32 years of civil service with the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF).  He previously led several high profile acquisitions to include development and production of the C-17 Globemaster III aircrew and maintenance training systems, T-6 Texan II Flight Trainer foreign military sales (FMS), the historic Iraq F-16 FMS program, and most recently FMS in the USAF’s premier rapid acquisition organization “Big Safari” for intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) platforms – a portfolio totaling over $10 billion dollars.  His career also includes leadership and support to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn as a deployed civilian working in Baghdad, Iraq for the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW).  He brings with him a full understanding of program management, contracting, financial management, logistic support, and building partnership capacity between the public and private sector.  Mr. Tackis is deeply embedded in aviation/aerospace and is well connected throughout the DoD, Joint Services, and with industry partners across the nation.  He and his wife Vanett look to living in the Black Wolf area; sons Jason and Jeremy will hopefully visit often with their spouses and two granddaughters, Shai and Adelyn.

 

Intern Student Spotlight

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Name: Rachel Yelk

Current internship: New North B2B as a Sales and Marketing Intern

Year in school:  Junior

Major: Marketing

Minor: Insurance and Risk Management

Emphasis: Sales and Analytics

Hometown: Stoughton, WI

Current Involvement (Activities, sports, clubs, interests): I volunteer back in my hometown with Adopt-A-Highway and various other tasks with my church such as fundraisers and landscaping. I also enjoy camping and kayaking over the weekends.

Why I choose UW Oshkosh: Oshkosh was one of my first choices because it had a great affordable business program here.

Typical work day in your role: Everyday I typically work on customer maintenance by sending reminders, follow-up calls, managing databases and assisting with quotes and invoices. I also update the social media accounts with breaking news.

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at your current internship?

I have learned that this internship was a very essential step for my career path. Having this internship has prepared me for my future career that no course or textbook could ever share with me. My internship has shared with me hands-on experience of quality communication and customer maintenance.

How has the Business Success Center prepared you for the work force?

The Business Success Center has prepared me to never be afraid to ask too many questions. In the first couple of weeks when working, I was a little intimidated and nervous to ask any of my questions that had arisen. However, I was wrong to not ask questions. Asking questions about things I were uncertain about lead me to efficiently and effectively do work the right way.

How has the New North Internship prepared you for the work force?

Interning with New North B2B has shared with me the importance of following-up with both advertisers of the magazine and potential advertisers. Following-up with advertisers shows them that you genuinely care, especially when including other information regarding them personally or business related. Following-up with advertisers also helps maintain the relationship with them even if they are just a potential advertiser.

What are your career plans after UW Oshkosh?

My plan is to find a career where I have the opportunity to develop my skills while taking on interesting projects and work with people I can really learn from. That also leans toward my dream job.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become a Brand Manager.

What was the best part of this experience?

The best part of this experience has been connecting and networking with various other businesses across northeast Wisconsin. It has provided me with the chance to expand my connections and ability to communicate professionally with businesses.

Senior Student Spotlight

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Name: Amy Tersine

Current Internship: Finance Intern, Business Success Center

Year in School: Senior

Graduation Date: August 2017

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin

I originally attended UW-Fox Valley as a Biology major. After earning my Associates of Arts and Science Degree, I went into the workforce. I gained many valuable experiences working in a variety of office/clerical roles with both small, family businesses and large companies. My favorite position was as an Accounting Assistant at a local landscaping company. It was my first glimpse into the role accounting and finance played in business, and it made a lasting impact on me! However, I wanted to utilize my education and ended up working as a Quality Technician at Nestle Pizza. At Nestle, I gravitated towards learning about Lean business practices and continuous improvement processes. Eventually, I realized that my passion wasn’t in Biology, it was in Business! It wasn’t long before I enrolled in the Accounting program at UW-Oshkosh, and I am excited to be graduating this summer.

Of all my accomplishments at the BSC, I am most proud of preparing financial statements for the Board Meeting, which was held a little over a month after the start date of my internship. Through this experience I was able to show my attention to detail, ability to collaborate with others, and knowledge of accounting concepts. This task was particularly challenging because there was a short deadline and it required the completion of monthly financials for the prior 3 months. I met the challenge head on and arranged meetings with the Foundation Accountant and Administrative Services Department to gain a better understanding of the financial processes. After completing a draft of the financials, I met with my Supervisor and Director to analyze it. Through the application of what I learned in these meetings, I was able to answer any follow up questions they had during the analysis. The deadline was met, and I attended both the Finance Committee Meeting and the Board Meeting, where the final draft of the financials was approved.

My finance internship at the Business Success Center has played a pivotal role in my success at UW-Oshkosh. It has given me the opportunity to refine my skills and apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations. I have also been able to improve my networking skills by attending events for business professionals and interacting with other interns from different business concentrations. The women I work with have become my mentors, and they consistently show me a level of professionalism and expertise that I strive for as a businesswoman. I would recommend an internship at the BSC to any student!

Welcome New BSC Human Resources Intern!

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Name: Carly Geurts

Current Internship: Human Resources Intern, Business Success Center

Year in School: Sophomore| Graduation Date: May 2018

Major: Human Resources Management

Hometown: Freedom, Wisconsin

I first toured Oshkosh my senior year of high school. At first I was not sure if I wanted to go to Oshkosh, but after touring many other schools I made my final decision of coming to UWO. It had a good business school and was close enough to home that I could get away, yet not too far away. I decided early on in high school that I wanted to go for accounting because I loved all things numbers. Soon after coming to college and taking accounting classes it didn’t seem like it was for me. So I stumbled upon Human Resources. Now after gaining my internship at the BSC, I couldn’t be more confident that this is the right major for me.

In my internship I am presented with tons of responsibilities and experience. I get to set up interviews, deal with application statuses, conduct interviews, do new hire training/paperwork, etc. This type of responsibility and experience is something I would have never received anywhere else. I now feel more assured that when I’m applying for a job someday, being able to list all the opportunities the BSC is giving me will be a huge benefit.

InventureXcel Update

The inaugural class of InventureXcel graduated from an intensive three week startup bootcamp on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
During this event, four companies presented their business ventures to a distinguished group of Fox Valley community members. The four pitching companies included Constructed By, CUBES, Smart Pit, and SPEF Turbo Systems.
Constructed By 

Constructed By delivers content to millennials aspiring to work in the creative class. They  interview entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, educators, and more to gain insight into their creative process and to solve issues millennials face when creating a career for themselves.

CUBES 

CUBES is a versatile, customizable cabinet and furniture system.  CUBES consists of multiple sized cube-shaped units that are easily assembled by the customer. CUBES can be connected in various ways to create a cabinet or furniture solution that fits the customer’s exact needs.

Smart Pit 

Smart Pit designs and manufactures innovative, easy to use tracking  devices. Smart Pit’s RFID-enabled stickers can be put on any personal item to help locate your everyday valuable. By pushing a corresponding button, the lost item located within 160 feet will start beeping for easy traceability.

SPEF Turbo Systems 
SPEF engineers custom turbocharger systems and develops new turbocharger technologies for automotive, marine, and motorcycle applications. SPEF offers the technical expertise to provide individualized turbo systems to performance enthusiasts and engineering services to OEM engine suppliers.
InventureXcel is a business bootcamp designed to help Wisconsin startups launch their business ideas through expertise, mentorship, networking opportunities, and feedback. The  three-week curriculum covered how to write an executive summary, designing and implementing customer discovery surveys, and perfecting an elevator pitch.

Board Member Spotlight

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Name: John Depies

Company: University of Wisconsin-OshkoshTitle: Marketing Faculty

Board member since: 2012

John has been a long time chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee and recently joined the Strategic Planning Committee.

John got  involved with Business Success Center Board of Directors because he deeply believes in the BSC’s mission of helping small and medium sized companies within our region grow.

Johns involvement on the Board of Directors, in addition to participating in BSC consulting projects has allowed him to remain current on market trends and business needs. This has allowed him to bring this insight into the classroom making it a more valuable learning experience for students.

In his free time, John enjoys playing guitar, traveling both in the US and internationally, and spending time at his family cottage. His favorite local restaurants in the Fox Valley area are Carmella’s, Mark’s Eastside and the Stone Cellar.

Welcome New BSC Marketing Intern!

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 Name: Jared Weil

 Current internship: Marketing Intern, Business Success    Center

 Year in school: Senior | Graduation Date: December 2016

 Major: Marketing | Emphasis: Sales

 Hometown: Whitefish Bay, WI

 Current Involvement: Marketing and Sales Club

My journey at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh started out completely different from the track that I am currently on. I began my career at UWO as a Kinesiology major, hoping one day to be a Physical Therapist working in the health and fitness industry. I stay in touch with my passion for fitness by doing Crossfit and Olympic lifts. Although I work very hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I came to the conclusion that Kinesiology was not the correct career path for me.

Through past internships, college and life experiences, I decided to pursue a career in Marketing and Sales. I am currently a member of the Marketing and Sales club, and plan to be an active member until I graduate in December 2016. UWO has provided me with the opportunities that I need to grow as a student and a professional. I am confident that my experiences at the Business Success Center will help shape me into a distinguished and qualified marketing professional.

Although I was born and raised in Milwaukee, I plan on pursuing a career north of the Fox Cities. My dream job would be to be the Director of Marketing for a company within the health and fitness industry. One of my greatest passions in life is helping others. This showed through my countless years as a camp counselor. Along with my dream job of becoming a Director of Marketing, I wish to pursue a career that truly helps others. I am excited to learn more about the Marketing industry and how my individual skills work within the Business Success Center.

Survey Student Spotlight

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Name: Jeana King
Current Internship: Marketing Research Intern
Year in school: Year 6 but graduating this December
Major: Human Resources with a Psychology minor
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Current Involvement: Society of Human Resource Management
Why I chose UW Oshkosh:
I immediately fell in love with the campus when visiting.
Typical day in my role:
I call people and ask them to take surveys on behalf of local organizations to gather market research and gauge consumer responses.
What am I learning that I find interesting and rewarding at my internship?:
I’ve been learning how to manage dealing with angry customers and make them happy before they hang up the phone.
How has the BSC prepared me?:
It has opened my eyes to the bigger picture of what I want out of my life; Intern Operations Manager, Chad Kopitzke has been especially helpful throughout this entire process.
Career Plans:
Pursue a career in Human Resources and I plan to start a business one day.
Dream Job:
Owner of my own store.
Best part of experience:
Getting to meet new people and expand my skills. The BSC has given me a lot of useful resources that I can use to get a great job.

 

Board Member Spotlight

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Margie Harvey

Vice President of HR, Silver Star Brands

Margie Harvey has been a BSC board member since 2010 providing a rejuvenating spirit to the board. Her experience and expertise has brought tremendous value to the organization. She is very passionate about lifelong learning. Building strong leadership teams and an empowered culture of leader and employee development have been key responsibilities in her positions throughout her career.

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