Lakeland has always been a hub for innovation.
In that spirit, our student-run businesses will offer unparalleled experiential learning and small business management opportunities.
Students will be empowered to create, develop, manage, and lead business ventures while developing into the next generation of emerging leaders. These powerful experiences are part of a campus-wide initiative that instills an entrepreneurial mindset that is applicable across all majors.
"LAUNCH – the very sound of the word energizes! And because it is a university creation, what the students launch are ideas. Its student run enterprises are emblematic of an inspiring line from Alfred North Whitehead: “vitality of thought is an adventure; ideas won’t keep, something must be done about them.” LAUNCH is an idea that could not keep. Lakeland students, full of curiosity and committed to knowledgeable solutions, have set course on an adventure that fits perfectly with this cooperative education university’s learning model."
We transform Lakeland students into the next generation of innovative leaders by providing experiential and entrepreneurial learning opportunities that prepare students for diverse careers in a multi-faceted world.
Goals to be accomplished within the next two years:
1.) Prepare our Launch student workers, managers, and entrepreneurs for a multi-faceted world by funding 10% of paid experiential learning opportunities offered both on and off-campus.
2.) Establish two off-campus investment opportunities, expanding the student-run business enterprise while creating innovative, entrepreneurial opportunities for Lakeland and its students.
3.) Expand awareness of Launch: Lakeland Student-Run Businesses to increase retention and recruitment at Lakeland University.
4.) Strive to increase operational efficiencies by 5% in Lakeland’s on-campus businesses through our services, including vendor pricing, marketing, job creation, hiring, and strategic planning that leads to financial gain.
Launch: Lakeland Student-Run Businesses is excited to announce the new positions funded through Launch's Nonprofit Division. See below!
Lakeland is excited to invite students to apply for an unparalleled experiential learning and small business management opportunity that will set graduates apart from the competition. At the core of our student-run businesses will be the people – Lakeland University students. Students will:
Launch: Lakeland Student-Run Businesses will begin with four divisions.
The Hospitality Division will provide outstanding customer service and satisfaction while adapting to consumer needs. The businesses to be run under the hospitality division will be: The Daily Grind (coffee shop), The Muskie Mart (grocery and convenience store), athletic department concessions and facility rental and event planning (internal and external).
The Nonprofit Division will provide local nonprofit agencies with temporary and/or long-term staff at little to no cost. The goal is to increase the effectiveness of local nonprofit organizations by providing outstanding students to fill administrative and professional roles or customized projects or events. Additionally, this division’s team works with area nonprofits as they consider consolidating resources to improve efficiencies and collaboration for greater impact in the community. Some of the nonprofits currently being served by Lakeland University are The Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, The Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, the Boys & Girls Clubs and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Property Management & Land Development
The Property Management & Land Development Division manages a university-owned rental property and assists in the development of other university assets.
Meet Lakeland University’s student executives who will shape and operate the institution’s new student-run business operation. These students will create, develop, manage and lead both on-campus and off-campus business ventures while assisting in developing the next generation of emerging leaders who will be positioned for post-graduation employment.
Chief Marketing Officer
Amanda Brandt, of Kiel, Wis., will serve as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for successfully developing and implementing marketing strategies to help achieve the student-run businesses (SRB) objectives.
Amanda is on track to graduate in May of 2022 with a double major in business administration and marketing. Following graduation, she hopes to work as a manager in a marketing or communications department for a local business.
Her main goal is to use her communication skills to grow SRB and be a part of and a reason for its growth and success.
Amanda also is involved at Lakeland in Spanish Club, Enactus, and ELSA. She enjoys playing tennis, going to concerts and movies, and traveling.
President of Property Management & Land Development
Brian Brickham, of Egg Harbor, Wis., will serve as President of Property Management & Land Development and is responsible for managing the university-owned rental property and assisting in the development of other university assets.
Brian is on track to graduate in May of 2022 with a marketing major with sales management and Cooperative Education emphases and a communication minor. Following graduation, he hopes to find a marketing or sales position in the aviation industry, specifically the business aviation sector.
Brian’s main goal
is to help grow the university-owned rental property and develop a solid foundation for other university assets.
“I’m a people person, and I thrive on conversation and getting a bunch of great minds together to talk through and solve problems,” Brian said. “I genuinely enjoy meeting people and figuring out how we can all work together to advance our mutual goals.”
Brian is the former president of Student Government Association (SGA). He
enjoys camping, golfing, disc-golfing, flying, cooking,
binge-watching Netflix and Hulu and working on home-improvement
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Curtiss Dokey, of Manitowoc, Wis., will serve as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer and is responsible for identifying and implementing internal and external Lakeland student-run business (SRB) opportunities for financial growth.
Curtiss is on track to graduate in May of 2022 with an accounting major. He will be searching for a job in tax, and one day hopes to own his own tax firm.
His main goal is to use his financial skills to lay the foundation of this program so it can create more jobs for students and more opportunities for Lakeland and the community for many years.
“I enjoy thinking of new ideas and going a step further and finding out how much that idea costs, how feasible is it, and most importantly, how it makes money,” Curtiss said.
At Lakeland he is
also involved with accounting club, fraud committee and the
Cooperative Education program. He also enjoys the company of friends
President of Develop U & Events
Sara Hanneman, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., will serve as President of Develop U & Events, working to develop opportunities for professional and personal development and continued training, and see opportunities for event planning revenue sources and manage all aspects of events.
Sara is on track to graduate in May of 2021 with a major is business administration and a digital marketing emphasis. She plans to seek a job in marketing, hopefully in motorsports.
She plans to use her interpersonal and communication skills to establish financial and marketing strategies that set up the SRB for long-term success.
Sara is also a member of the Lakeland track & field team, and she enjoys baking, running and musky fishing.
View Board Members
Updated May 2020
|Nona Beining||Customer Insights Consultant||Securian Financial|
|Monique Brickham||Assistant Professor of Graphic Design||Lakeland University|
|Michael Jaber||Coordinator of Instructional Technology||Sheboygan Area School District|
|Jennifer Krugel||HR Business Partner||Rockline Industries|
|Thomas Nye||General Manager & Winemaker||The Blind Horse|
|Nick O'Brien||Director of Innovation & Engagement||FreshTech Innovation / Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation|
|Dave Sachse||Owner||Midwest Perks|
|Kristin Stearns||CEO||Lakeshore Community Health Care|
|Donna Wendlandt||CEO||Sheboygan County YMCA|
|Dante Williams||Lakeland University||2020 Graduate|
Are you entrepreneurial? Are you self-motivated, accountable, and eager? Do you want a professional experience that will set you apart from your peers?
We have hired the inaugural leadership team but watch for hiring opportunities coming fall semester 2020.
Launch: Lakeland Student-Run Businesses is excited to announce the new positions funded through Launch's Nonprofit Division!
Gap Ministry Intern
Love In the Name of Christ Sheboygan County
Spend around 70% of your time in operations management, 20% doing administrative tasks, and 10% doing weekly and monthly communications.
Work 15 hours/week (no weekends).
Estimated salary is $15.00/hour.
Apply by: December 18, 2020, at 5:00 pm!