The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Finance Club has a simple goal: Provide opportunities for its members to interact with business professionals and to explore career opportunities in finance.
The student organization hit one out of the park on Feb. 15.
Perfectly timed with the onset of Major League Baseball Spring Training, members welcomed Bob Quinn, executive vice president and CFO of the Milwaukee Brewers organization, as one of several Finance Club speakers scheduled to visit UW Oshkosh during the next couple of months.
“Mr. Quinn was a marketing dream for the Finance Club. Students are inundated with posters, emails and announcements about clubs and events and the usual response is to just tune them all out,” said Jonathan Dudzinski, Finance Club co-president and accounting major. “Mr. Quinn and the Brewers pierces that veil, gets them to see what the Finance Club has to offer, and hopefully come back to hear our other fantastic speakers.”
Quinn’s chat about the ins and outs of baseball, including much discussion about the finances – what makes money and expenses – attracted hundreds last week.
“I really learned a lot and thought Bob did a great job explaining the business of baseball,” said Aaron Stam, a senior finance major. “Having Bob come speak really shows the caliber of business school we have here at UW Oshkosh.”
Quinn, of course, also spoke to UW Oshkosh students about his career path and recognitions.
“This is my 19th year in the game,” he said.
Dudzinski said hearing about Quinn’s professional past gave him and other students a “glimpse of the possible.”
“The fact that he started out as an auditor for a public accounting firm, a position many Oshkosh graduates will also start with, and now serves as CFO of the Brewers is proof that no dream is too outlandish or unrealistic,” Dudzinski said.
The next Finance Club speaker is Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Sage Hall 2232.