Alumni Outlook Magazine


RESIDENCY PROGRAM CONNECTS EXECUTIVES WITH STUDENTS FOR 25 YEARS

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The Arthur R. Cabot Executive in Residence in 2009 celebrated 25 years of bringing students and business leaders together at UW-Stout. The program was developed and endowed by Scott Cabot BS ’78, MS ’79.
 
“I created the residency to honor my father, who had a passion for business and felt that part of being a success came from helping others along the way,” Cabot said.
 
Visiting business leaders present to more than 1,000 UW-Stout students and Menomonie community members, interact with students and faculty in classrooms, and meet with university leadership during a two-day residency. The featured executives also learn about the university.   
 
Event organizers have made it a priority in recent years to host alumni who have become successful by taking non-traditional routes. Mentors range from start-up business owners to chief executive officers of large corporations. They come from a variety of social backgrounds.
 
The 25th anniversary program focused on the themes of entrepreneurship and innovation and honored four Wisconsin executives: brothers Richard, John and Jacob Leinenkugel, as well as Gail Prock.  
 
Dick Leinenkugel is the Wisconsin Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Jake Leinenkugel is the company president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., and youngest brother John Leinenkugel  ’92 is the company’s trade quality manager. Prock is the chief executive officer of Pine Harbor Holding Co., the company that makes the surveillance device Shadow Shield.
 
“It’s positive for students to interact with role models who have successful careers and are UW-Stout graduates,” said Cabot, who felt he had limited interaction with business leaders during his student years. “Students can see what’s possible.”
That is why the interaction between executives and students is his favorite component.
 
“The executives expose students to perspectives and experiences that aren’t available through classroom lectures,” he said.
Currently, Cabot is president of A.M. Feldman Jewelers in Chicago, a company he started in 2000. He feels fortunate to continue to have many influential mentors, both older and younger than he.
 
“We never stop learning,” Cabot said.  
 
The Cabot residency moved into its 26th year when UW-Stout alumnus William Flesch, executive vice president of the Gordon Flesch Company, shared his business planning and management expertise with students in mid-February 2010. Flesch also shared his company’s work in reinventing itself and its business model with students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The Gordon Flesch Company, based in Madison, is one of the nation’s largest independent dealerships in copying and office products.  
 
TOP The Arthur R. Cabot Executive in Residence program at UW-Stout marked 25 years in 2009 by honoring the Leinenkugel brothers, from left, Jake, Dick and John ’92, of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls.
ABOVE Bill Flesch ’81, executive vice president of office equipment company Gordon Flesch, visited campus in February as the 2010 Cabot executive.