2012 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees

Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of “the Best in Business” during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. This year’s Beta Gamma Sigma inductees from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh have certainly earned that title.

The University of Wisconsin College of Business Chapter congratulates the 45 students who have earned invitations in 2012. They join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 outstanding business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are eligible for this invitation.

Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime membership is truly an international honor. With the expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the U.S. or Canada. Beta Gamma Sigma has installed collegiate chapters and inducted students on six continents. The most outstanding University of Wisconsin business students are eligible for the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

The following students were inducted into the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Alyssa Baehman, Brianna Dorner, Michael Dziekan, Mara Geurts, Tyler Laabs, Paul Marx, Steven Schug, Lance Spaude, Rita Thrasher, Steven Vanevenhoven, Nathan Witt, Cecilie Wojciehowski.

Robert Bellile, Jesse Christianson, Justin Christoffersen, Joseph Elmer, Cori Gumz, Robert Harrison, Ross Helein, Matthew Luecke, Jeffrey Lytle, Samantha Mirabello, Jordan Mortenson, Jill Niles, Jon Olszowy, Elizabeth Reinhart, Brittany Rusch, Nicholas Schommer, Thomas Thurston, Daniel Van Ryzin, Breyn Wagner.

Graduate students:
Jim Blohm, Elizabeth Ertmer, Kate Holmes, Michael Joerndt, Kelli Karpinski, Meghann Kasper, Jeremy Maurer, Jason Richter, Briana Rygg, Timothy Sadowska, David Strandberg, Eric Svoboda, Mark Wernicke, James Zarneke.

Mr. Thomas Belot

The College also inducted Mr. Thomas G. Belot as the 2012 Chapter Honoree. Mr. Belot earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Business in 1974 and his MBA degree in 1978. He retired as CEO of the Vollrath Company, LLC, in January 2010. He continues to serve on many boards and committees including the Board of Directors for the Vollrath Company, FE&S Magazine, Sheboygan Employer’s Health Network and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, among others. Mr. Belot was also named Outstanding Alumnus by the College of Business in 2009.

Professor Gary Adams was recognized as the 2012 faculty initiate. Professor Adams joined the College of Business in 2009 as part of the Management and Human Resources department. He was honored as Outstanding MBA Faculty member at the 2011 MBA Graduation Banquet.

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization on February 19, 1913. The first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California.

With collegiate chapters on five continents, Beta Gamma Sigma today is truly an international society that remains dedicated to recognizing the most outstanding students of business and management. The Society serves business schools accredited by AACSB International in the 21st century knowing that its membership of more than 625,000 comprises the brightest and best of the world’s business leaders.


Quote from Stephen W. Gilman, one of three professors who founded Beta Gamma Sigma at the University of Wisconsin:

“Success is not to be measured by income but by influence, not by power but by personality, not by capital but by character.”