The Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Alumni Association has chosen Beth Seymour, vice president of business operations at KI, for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Seymour, a 1977 graduate of NWTC’s Account Clerk program, was chosen by the selection committee for her individual accomplishments, strong community involvement, and commitment to education.
A KI employee for nearly 36 years, Seymour has held numerous leadership positions within the furniture and movable wall company, including plant supervisor, plant operations manager, plant general manager, vice president of manufacturing and supply chain, and her current position: vice president of business operations.
During her tenure at KI, she’s helped guide the company’s North American manufacturing operations, improve efficiency in its plants, and develop and implement its corporate strategy.
“Beth embodies the best of NWTC,” said Crystal Harrison, director of the NWTC Educational Foundation. “Her achievement in business. Her dedication to the community. Her drive for continued improvement. She’s shown that a NWTC education can be a starting point to achieve great things.”
The Green Bay native enrolled at NWTC in 1976 to pursue an education in finance and accounting. One year later, she’d leave with a technical diploma and a position at KI – then known as Krueger Metal Products – as a production and inventory clerk.
While working full-time at KI, Seymour continued what would become a lifelong commitment to education. She took night courses at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and NWTC, ultimately earning a business and finance bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College. She’d later add a master's degree in business administration from Lakeland.
In addition to her accomplishments in industry, Seymour is the president of Ovarian Cancer Community Outreach Inc., a local 100% volunteer non-profit that raises awareness of ovarian cancer and provides financial support for women undergoing treatment as well as local research efforts. Since 2010, the organization has distributed $45,000 in grants to Wisconsin families and research funding through St Vincent’s Regional Cancer Center.
“I don’t know where I’d be in my career had I not started at NWTC,” said Seymour.
“I am humbled and honored to receive the award.”