Did you know that more than 300 Lakeland College graduates work at world-renowned Kohler Co.? On Friday, six of those successful alumni returned to campus for a special “Employer Spotlight Event” featuring Kohler Co.
The Lakeland grads spoke to current students about how Lakeland prepared them for post-graduate success and gave advice on how to launch great careers at Kohler Co. – or anywhere.
Kohler Co. is a manufacturing company and global leader in kitchen and bath products, as well as in cabinetry, engines and generators. The company is also known for its hospitality establishments, including the state’s only AAA 5-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort hotel, along with renowned golf courses that have hosted majors.
Johanna Beckmann, a 2005 Lakeland grad and Kohler Co. senior HR specialist, was joined by colleague Ashlee Ansay for a general presentation to Lakeland students about Kohler Co. and how to apply there. Beckmann graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Her 2004 internship with the PGA Championship at the Kohler-owned Whistling Straits golf course helped spark her career with Kohler Co.
In addition to sitting in on the general presentation, the other five alumni then spoke to classes that relate to their former majors:
Artur Barsegyan, communications specialist – email marketing at Kohler Co., spoke to John McKenzie’s Critical Communication Approaches to New Media class. Artur graduated with his bachelor’s in business management and international business in 2001, then earned his master of business administration in 2003.
Jake Frias, certified personal trainer, spoke to Kathy Rath Marr’s Nutrition for Sport and Exercise class. Jake earned his bachelor’s in fitness and sports studies in 2010, then added a master of arts in counseling in 2013.
Joel Frias, corporate security officer, spoke to Richard Lemke’s Ethics and Justice class. Joel graduated in 2013 with a criminal justice degree.
Matt Holm, senior master scheduler, spoke to Abe Qastin’s Management Principles class. Matt graduated in 2009 with a degree in business management.
Megan Hoffmann, master scheduler for Kohler Water Spa, spoke to Qastin’s Management Principles class later in the day. Megan graduated in 2011 with a degree in business management.