Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Shawn Bozarth earned a bachelor degree in Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering from Tri-State University (now known as Trine University) in 2005. After his undergraduate studies he began his career as a design engineer at Douglas Autotech in Bronson, Michigan working for the new product development team designing heavy truck steering systems. Eventually Bozarth moved on from that position and over the next few years climbed the corporate ladder at various automotive companies, eventually working his way into the military and rescue group at Hendrickson Defense. While employed with Hendrickson, he met a former graduate of Benedictine University who highly encouraged enrollment in their online M.B.A. program as it was considered one of the best programs in the area and would provide an opportunity to further supplement his career. In 2011, Bozarth enrolled as a student at Benedictine University in the online M.B.A. program with a focus on international business.
During his time at Benedictine University, Bozarth faced many challenges in his life that tested his resolve and his character. The largest of these tests was when military spending was cut and he lost his job developing military suspensions. Rather than giving up on his dreams, Bozarth buckled down and doubled up on his course work, all the while actively searching for future employment. During this time, he was offered a job in Wisconsin as a lead development engineer at a medical supply company that made breathing devices for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients and asthmatics. Though he liked the company and loved the job, he knew he was destined for more and worked hard to finish his master's degree. Through hard work and dedication, Bozarth earned his M.B.A. in 2013 with a 4.0 GPA and completed his degree two years ahead of his initial degree completion date.
After graduation, Bozarth joined a local FIRST Robotics team where he mentored high school students who had aspirations to attend college in pursuit of an education in business or engineering. It was with his FIRST team where Bozarth met local Kohler Company employees, who recognized his hard work and ability to inspire others. These employees approached Kohler Company business leaders to discuss Bozarth's credentials and abilities. He was quickly approached by the company to gauge his interest in working for the marketing team within the engines division. After a few months of communications, he eventually accepted a position with Kohler Engines as a product manager for their consumer ride and walk engine line. In this role, Bozarth has direct responsibility for engines produced out of the Kohler's Hattiesburg, Mississippi plant as well as those out of their Chongqing, China plant. He has direct profit and loss responsibility and reports on this division's success quarterly to Kohler business leaders. Not only is he responsible for the success of his engine family, but he is also responsible for all marketing activity in the consumer division, which includes marketing literature, commercials for Home Depot / Lowes / Sears, and all trade show activity. In addition, he is responsible for working with internal and external sales teams to set OEM pricing and develop an ever-living, five-year engine development strategy.
As an addition to his success at Kohler, Bozarth began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Trine University, where he received his undergraduate degree. Bozarth instructs classes in the online and distance learning program for business and engineering undergraduate majors. His students have goals of becoming an engineering manager or desire a strong technical acumen for their career. He recently finished teaching a class in advanced CAD design for manufacturing and plans to teach classes in online marketing, financial analysis, and stress and strain analysis in the near future.
Bozarth firmly believes all his successes were a direct result of the time he spent in his classes with Benedictine University and all the hard work his professors put in to ensure his growth as a student and business leader. He is actively involved in the postcard project through Benedictine University's Office of Alumni Development, where he sends hand written postcards to admitted students, encouraging them to attend Benedictine University and telling them all the great things they can accomplish in their lives through the hard work they can and will put in. When Bozarth was asked about his choice to attend Benedictine University, he said, "Of all the choices I made in my life, the one that led me to BenU, was by far the easiest and best I ever made."
Outside of his busy career, Bozarth enjoys mentoring students in the FIRST program. He is also a certified professional baseball instructor and coaches little league baseball. He also appreciates spending time with his family, especially sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan next to a nice fire and watching the stars pass over the sky.
Bozarth would like to remind students, alumni and friends that "Anything is possible with the right motivation from friends, family, and the right university–and Benedictine is definitely that type of university!"
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