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May 14, 2014

Kubetz named 2014 Outstanding Management Student

Tim KubetzTim Kubetz, a senior management major from Eau Claire, WI, was named the 2014 Outstanding Management Major by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire management faculty. He was recognized for his scholarship, leadership, and community service at a May 9 luncheon.

An outstanding student with nearly a 4.0 gradepoint average, Kubetz will graduate summa cum laude from the university this May. He puts his leadership skills into action at Scheels All Sports in Eau Claire where he manages the men's sport shoe department. As a specialty shop manager, Kubetz's responsibilities include selecting and acquiring inventory, developing display and merchandising strategy, and training his sales team. In addition, Kubetz has shown a strong commitment to the community. As an AWANA youth minister, he leads music and game for more than 100 children.

For more information about the management award contact Dr. Scott Lester, UW-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing. 

Meet Tim Kubetz, 2014 Outstanding Management Major

Tim Kubetz is from Eau Claire so attending UW-Eau Claire was a natural thing for him to do.

"I have always loved the city of Eau Claire," said Kubetz. "When I began to look at universities with business programs, I soon discovered that one of the best was in my backyard."

Staying in Eau Claire also made it easy for Kubetz to continue pursuing his passion for fishing and making fishing lures.

An avid fisherman, he began making his own lures when he was in middle school. Kubetz turned his hobby into a business when he and a classmate started manufacturing and selling top quality, hand crafted fishing lures as seniors at the Wildlands Charter School, a science and research focused school run by the Augusta School District and Beaver Creek Reserve. The student entrepreneurs sold their lures at sport shows and eventually through Scheels All Sports. Profits from the venture were used to help support other student projects at the charter school. Kubetz started a second fishing lures company his sophomore year at UW-Eau Claire.

So it only seems logical that Kubetz would pursue a career in the sporting goods industry.

Currently, he works at Scheels All Sports in Eau Claire where he is manager of the men's sport shoe department, a position he has held since May 2013. Kubetz is enrolled in the company's leadership development program which he hopes will lead to a position as an assistant store leader. Kubetz's long term goal is to operate his own Scheels store somewhere in the Midwest.

Now that he is closing the book on his education at UW-Eau Claire, he is able to reflect on what the university has meant to him.

"The university offered me the affordability of a state run college with a reputation and prestige that ranks nationally," said Kubetz. "Employers know UW-Eau Claire and search out its graduates."

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