Keegan O'Brien 

Keegan O’Brien wanted to give his high school students a real-world chance to test their marketing skills. So he helped launch the Willems Student Marketing Team program to give students practical, hands-on experience – like he had at UW-Stout. The program is a partnership between the Appleton, Wis., school district and an Appleton marketing firm.

Keegan, who teaches marketing and personal financial management, has earned Wisconsin DECA Advisor of the Year honors for his work with students. His UW-Stout education prepared him well. “My professors showed me unique perspectives and reinforced my strong work ethic. The connections I made with others in my program remain strong.”

What does he love most about UW-Stout?

“I loved the community I was part of and the relationships I made at UW-Stout. Every time I stop back and visit, I feel an overwhelming sense of joy and pride.”