Lawrence Network leader earns Wintermote award

Posted on Sep 28, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Brandon Petz, b'06, g'07, Lawrence Network Leader and Wintermote Award recipient

With volunteers all across America, it takes a lot for one in KU’s backyard to stand out. Brandon Petz does that and more for local alumni as the Lawrence Network leader. The KU Alumni Association is proud to name Petz, b’06 g’07, a Dick Wintermote Network Volunteer of the Year Award recipient. The annual award recognizes volunteers who brought extraordinary leadership to their network.

“I am so honored to be named a Wintermote Award recipient. All the years volunteering for various networks has been so much fun and I cherish being a part of the KU Alumni Association and all it stands for,” Petz said.

Uniting local alumni

Petz’s work to bring together a group of alumni that already feels connected to the University due to their proximity to campus has impressed many inside the Alumni Association.

“Brandon Petz has gone above and beyond to revamp the Lawrence Network in the shape of the new alumni network strategy,” said Nick Kallail, assistant vice president of alumni and network programs. “He has recruited a team that have provided diverse events and continues to move forward engaging alums to make KU better. This is no easy task in Lawrence, where opportunities to connect with KU are so plentiful.”

Fellow Lawrence network volunteer Tom Larkin, a’09, echoed Kallail’s comments, noting Petz’s enthusiasm for KU “that clearly started before he became president of our Lawrence network. He’s extremely organized and focused, and has a knack for getting everybody energized about the current mission or task at hand. His leadership and positive disposition makes him a joy the be around and a true asset to the Association.”

Petz, a Cimarron, Kansas, native, lives in Lawrence with his wife, Bonnie, and his daughter, Eleanor. Petz is chief financial officer of Grandstand Glassware and Apparel, a local custom screenprinting company that specializes in glassware and apparel.

About the award

The award is named for Dick Wintermote, c’51, who served as the executive director of the Association from 1963 to 1983. His legacy represents the importance of building a strong volunteer network, the need for a dues-paying membership program and establishing the KU Alumni Association as one of the premier associations of graduates in the country.

—Ryan Camenzind

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Local Jayhawks enjoy networking, wine tasting

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Lawrence wine tasting |

Thanks to all of our Lawrence-area Jayhawks who attended a wine tasting and networking event on Oct. 23 at the Adams Alumni Center.  The crowd of around 75 people was educated by sommelier Drew Robinson, b’85, on all things wine—from acidity to zinfandel and so much more.

Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, vice president of alumni programs, and Brandon Petz, b’06, g’07, local volunteer, shared some updates about the Alumni Association and the Lawrence network.

Watch for more exciting events in the Lawrence area in the upcoming months! If you haven’t been to an alumni event in the past, now is a great time to get involved. Visit the Lawrence network’s website for more information, and join the Lawrence Jayhawks Facebook group to connect with fellow ‘Hawks.

Watch our slideshow below to see photos from last night’s events, or view the pictures on Flickr.


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