Austin E. Cofrin

School of Business

Business Week 2016

We are excited to announce "Business Week 2016," co-presented by the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and Career Services at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. This year's theme is, “50 Years & Forward.

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 such as the "Learning to Dine Like a Professional" Etiquette Lunch and "Mock Interview Day" help students to develop the interpersonal and professional acumen expected of business professionals. The "Job and Internship Fair" gives students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and become more than just a name on a resume. Again this year there will be an "Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Night," for which students will create a 60-second video pitching themselves and their career strengths, abilities, and goals.

The centerpiece of Business Week is the "Keynote Networking Dinner." The dinner, held on the stage of the world-renowned Weidner Center, engages business leaders and top students in an evening of conversation and learning. This year, we are fortunate to have as our keynote speaker, Richard W. Gochnauer, Chief Executive Officer; Retired, United Stationers.

Bay Industries – Brad Schmidt as a platinum level sponsor for BW 2015 with Larry McGregor

Pomp's Tire - Jim Wochinske as a platinum level sponsor for BW 2015 with Larry McGregor & Linda Peacock-Landrum

Associated Bank - Denis Hogan and Ryan Streicher of Associated, silver level sponsor for BW 2015 with Larry McGregor and Linda Peacock-Landrum

Green Bay Packaging - Scott Wochos as a silver level sponsor for BW 2015

About Keynote Speaker: Richard W. Gaochnauer

Richard W. Gochnauer
Richard W. Gochnauer retired in May of 2011 as Chief Executive Officer of United Stationers which he joined in July 2002 as Chief Operating Officer and Director. In December 2002, Mr. Gochnauer was named the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. United Stationers, with headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois, is a leading wholesale distributor of office and business products.

From 1994 until he joined United, Mr. Gochnauer held the positions of Vice Chairman and President, International, and President and Chief Operating Officer 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, Mr. Gochnauer served as Executive Vice President of the Dial Corporation where he was responsible for their Household Consumer Products businesses. Mr. Gochnauer also served as President of the Stella Cheese Company, a division of Universal Foods, and as President of the international division of Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Mr. Gochnauer earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

Mr. Gochnauer is a member of the board of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, UGI Corporation, and Golden State Foods. He also serves on the board of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Mr. Gochnauer is a board member of the Opportunity International Global Board and The Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. He is a past board member of 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.

Mr. Gochnauer and his wife, Beth, have two adult children and three grandchildren. The Gochnauers reside in Corona del Mar, California.

Schedule of Events

Monday, February 15, 2016

What We Want to Know When We Ask This Question – Employer Perspectives on Answers to Interview Questions


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LinkedIn – The Basics to Get Started


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Communicating Professionalism Guest Speaker, Tom Cornell with Tom James


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Mock Interview Day – Advanced Registration Required by February 17


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

LinkedIn Photo Booth


Monday, February 29, 2016

Dine Like a Professional Etiquette Lunch – Advanced Registration Required by February 23


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Spring Job & Internship Fair


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LinkedIn Photo Booth


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Business Week 2016 Elevator Pitch Final Competition & Networking Reception – Registration Required by Friday, March 4


Thank you to all Business Week 2016 sponsors!