Brian Wiese '07: From Student Leader to Business Leader
Published: 5-28-2013 1:45 pm
Brian Wiese graduated from Wayne State College in May 2007, with a degree in business administration. During his senior year at WSC, he began an internship with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. After graduation he transitioned to become a full-time agent.
As an agent for Northwestern Mutual, Brian helped clients with their insurance and investment needs.
“To be a successful agent, you have to be willing to work hard, take initiative, communicate well, and obviously have a good knowledge of the products and services we provided,” Brian said. “Crediting my experience gained while I was at Wayne State, it really gave me a head start into the ‘real world’. During my first year, I hit performance metrics that less than 2% of first year agents earned. My biggest accomplishment was the Mike Gish Top 10 award: I placed 7th place in the country upon interns who converted to full-time agents for total performance. (several thousand new agents competed).”
Brian worked out of the company’s Omaha office. The company opened a Northwestern Mutual office in Norfolk in 2009, at which time he relocated—living in Creighton, Neb.
Brian married Amanda (Johnson) Wiese in July 2010, and moved to Norfolk, Neb. Amanda and Brian met through a business fraternity at WSC—Delta Sigma Pi. She currently works as the Marketing Manager for Sterling Computers in Norfolk—a company that sells technology products and services to the Federal Government.
Brian started working in sales for Sand Creek Post & Beam in Wayne in February 2011. Sand Creek manufactures post and beam barns and homes across the United States and even other countries. Sand Creek Post & Beam was the Nebraska Small Business of the year in 2011. Brian was the 4th top selling person of 28 salespeople in 2011. In 2012, he became the top salesperson—breaking the company sales record. He continues to work with Sand Creek helping customers with their Post & Beam home and barn projects.
In addition to his full-time occupations, Brian owns a hunting and guiding business in Center, Neb., called Millstone Plantation, and a line of deer nutrition products through Preyon, Inc., labeled as Gravestone Deer Products. He also owned a small movie rental store in Norfolk called Movie Town & Games for about a year and a half.
“During my time at Wayne State College, I was involved in Student Senate, Delta Sigma Pi, Wildcat Wheels, and several other activities and groups,” Brian said. “Taking on leadership positions in these groups gave me a step ahead when entering the workforce. The responsibilities given to me enabled me to grow personally and professionally. I feel that my communication skills, time management, and a ‘can-do’ attitude were some of the best things I learned at Wayne State.”