Michael Haubrich had come full circle at UW-Parkside long before stepping on the Student Center Cinema stage as the School of Business and Technology Executive In Residence(EIR). A 1988 graduate of the Kenosha campus with a degree in Business Management, Haubrich has served as a trustee of the university's Foundation Board since 2005.
As EIR, however, Haubrich had the opportunity to address two large groups of current UW-Parkside students and impart some of the wisdom he's gained from 23 years in the financial planning industry, the last 21 of them as founder and president of Financial Service Group of Racine. His presentation was titled: "Career Sustainability and Your Financial Well Being."
Quoting George Bernard Shaw, he urged students be uncompromising in their career choices.
"Shaw tells us, 'Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people,'" Haubrich said. "Unreasonable people have unreasonable expectations. Unreasonable people demand unreasonable performance from themselves and others. Unreasonable people produce unreasonable results."
Haubrich also offered students what he called his "career sustainability habits," principles that work for people new to a career as well as seasoned professionals:
During the question and answer session following his second presentation,
Haubrich emphasized the importance of an internship not just for the experience or the resume but to make sure a possible career is the right career.
"You need to test drive a career and there's no better way to do that than an internship," Haubrich stated.
Earning the title Certified Financial Planner in 1986 and having served as an Investment Advisor Representative with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Haubrich has practiced financial planning since 1979. School of Business and Technology Dean Fred Ebeid said both of Haubrich's sessions drew among the largest audiences of students, faculty, and staff he has seen since his arrival at UW-Parkside in 2006.
"Both programs were very well attended and audiences were riveted by what Mike had to say," Dean Ebeid said. "This was definitely among the most successful EIR programs we've had."The next Executive In Residence program features James Kettinger, president and chief executive of IEA, Inc., a Kenosha manufacturing company. Two sessions will be held Tuesday, April 3, in the Student Center Cinema.