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Ashley Kane (Zenefski), '11

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Major / Minor: Accounting/ Business Administration
Organization: Green Bay Packaging
Job Title: Corporate Accountant

Why did you choose to go into your program of study?

I chose to pursue Accounting as a profession after taking a class during my sophomore year of high school. I enjoyed the class and ended up taking 2 more classes before I graduated. Accounting was the main basis for me when I started looking into colleges. When I found out that Green Bay had a great accounting program and a beautiful campus, there was nowhere else I wanted to go!

When you began at UW-Green Bay, what did you expect for your future?

When I started at UW-Green Bay, I knew that was the university that I wanted to stay at for my college career. The campus felt like home and everyone was very welcoming. I also enjoyed the smaller class sizes and the one-on-one connection that you received from your professors. Like any other student attending college, I expected to graduate and move on into my chosen profession. With UW-Green Bay, I knew they would prepare me for my future!

Did you have a job/internship in your field while going to college that helped spark your interest?

Yes, I was fortunate enough to have three internships in the accounting field before I graduated. My first was on campus through the Office of Student Life working as an Organization Finance Officer (OFO). There I worked with various student organizations and helped them keep track of their funds and SUFAC designated money. My second internship was with Salm Partners in Denmark, WI. There I worked with setting up bills of materials for their newly implemented ERP system, along with accounts receivable, accounts payable and fixed assets. Lastly, my final internship was with Schwabe North America in Green Bay, WI. There I worked with customer accounts in credit, fixed assets, and accounts payable.

What were you involved in while a student at UW-Green Bay?

Besides staying busy with my classes and the internships that I had, I was also involved with the Accounting Students Association (ASA). During my final year at UW-Green Bay, I was elected to be the treasurer of ASA.

Where are you currently employed? Please describe your position.

Two weeks after graduating, I accepted my current job with Green Bay Packaging as a Corporate Accountant. My main job duty is managing the inventory for our 26 divisions across the United States, performing monthly, quarterly, and year-end costing. I also assist in Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Property Taxes.

How do you keep in contact with other alumni?

I keep in contact with fellow alumni via email, Facebook, and social gatherings within my profession.

What advice would you have for a student wanting to enter your field?

My advice to students pursuing a career in Accounting would be to stay active in your desired field. Having as much experience on your resume related to your major is a huge benefit when applying for a job. Also, stay true to yourself when interviewing for a job post-graduation. The more open, honest, and professional you are in an interview, the better your initial impression will be with your potential employer.

Can we share your e-mail address on our website/can career services give it out to students inquiring about a job in your place of employment/field?

You are welcome to share my email with students in the Accounting program who are looking for tips in our field of work. However, Green Bay Packaging does not offer any internships in the accounting field at this time. akane@gbp.com

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