Jake Wood, BBA '05, served four years in the United States Marine Corps after graduation from the Wisconsin School of Business and is now co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that deploys emergency response teams of skilled and experienced military veterans to disaster zones. This fall, Wood’s first book, Take Command, was published. Take Command shows how to apply lessons in high-stakes leadership to your professional life. Wood has received awards including the UW Forward Under Forty award, the Big Ten Conference’s Live Big award, and GQ magazine’s Better Men, Better World award. In 2012 Jake was named a CNN Hero.
Jake Wood, BBA '05
Laura Gramann, BBA '07, launched Pieces into Place earlier this year, which focuses on home and office organization in the Milwaukee area. Laura received a degree in Management and Human Resources from the Wisconsin School of Business and worked at Google since her graduation. She left Google to pursue her passion of helping people through her organizational skills. Pieces into Place helps people organize and be able to focus on the important things in life through assistance in reducing clutter, downsizing, migrating from paper to online files, packing, and implementing organization tools and methods. She is happy to offer all Badgers and friends of Badgers a $50 discount off their first organizing session!
Laura Gramann, BBA '07
Jo Jean Janus, BBA '58, is happy to share that her family business, The Kehl School of Dance, is celebrating 135 years of management under four generations of UW graduates. Her two grandsons are now attending UW–Madison and UW–Milwaukee.
Jo Jean Janus, BBA '58
Shuku Nishihata, MBA '76, has held the position of financial analyst at Elliott Group for four years, after holding various roles at SONY HQ, Suziki, and Toyota. He is proud of his two children, Motoi Xavier, CEO of Worldwide Frontier, and his daughter, Mari, a piano teacher with a master’s of harpsichord from the University of Illinois. He spends his free time volunteering for hospice, walking dogs, and playing tuba.
Shuku Nishihata, MBA '76