2016 Outstanding Business Student recognized
In 2013, two major events happened in Louis Sage’s life: first, he enrolled in the online business administration program at UW-Platteville, and second, he was hired as a truck loader at Bimbo Bakeries’ Madison, Wisconsin, manufacturing plant. Over the next three-and-a-half years, Sage would go on to simultaneously earn his bachelor’s degree and receive a total of three promotions within his company—accomplishments that led to his recognition as the 2016 Outstanding Business Student by the UW-Platteville School of Business.
“Going back to school not only helped me get the degree needed to qualify for this position, it also taught me the skills necessary to do this job.”
“Going back to school not only helped me get the degree needed to qualify for this position, it also taught me the skills necessary to do this job,” the Senior Logistics Analyst said. Because he was moving through his education at the same speed he was moving up the corporate ladder, he was able to take lessons learned in his courses and apply them in the office each day. Sage noted that courses centered around supply chain practices were particularly helpful to him. “Because every job is different, we were taught how to take central concepts and apply them to all situations in order to come up with unique solutions.”
Sage had always planned to advance at Bimbo Bakeries but didn’t think it would happen so quickly. “My superiors knew I had an aptitude for more than just loading trucks when they hired me,” he said, adding that he received his first promotion to shift lead after only eight months. Not wanting to stop there, he used course lessons to write a paper on ways his company could improve its efficiency. The paper resulted in a promotion to distribution analyst in the company’s Chicago, Illinois, office in September 2014, one year after his first promotion.
In May, Sage received his most recent promotion to senior logistics analyst, graduated with a GPA of 3.47, and was presented with a School of Business award for his accomplishments as a distance student. “It’s very exciting to be recognized,” he said of receiving the award. “I put a lot of effort into getting where I am today.”
Though his journey of rising up through the ranks is impressive, Sage is just getting started. He began his MBA program through UW-Whitewater Online in September, and he is already planning to get his DBA. “When I finished my bachelor’s degree, I knew I wanted to keep going,” he said. “So much has happened in the last few years, and I want to see what else is available for me.”
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