Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Junior knows how to seize opportunities
He may ride about on a classic motorcycle but Josh Kerkmann is not a rebel without a cause.
In fact, he may be a rebel with too many causes. In addition to riding and restoring classic motorcycles, training for triathlons and long boarding around the campus of Utah State University, Kerkmann is vice president of his own start-up company.
Kerkmann is a junior in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business , majoring in international business and economics. Between classes, meetings and pitching his product to clients, he stays pretty busy.
Kerkmann's company, Lottery Solutions LLC, markets automated lottery software to schools, corporations and sporting events. Kerkmann partnered with fellow USU student Joseph Irvine, a sophomore majoring in computer science, to create a business to market Irvine's unique computer program.
The program automatically runs any type of lottery for an organization that has more requests than available places. The program selects students for admission and has been purchased by charter schools across the country.
The team is also developing plans to work with major sporting events such as the Union of European Football Associations in Switzerland to help the organization decide who receives tickets.
"Becoming an entrepreneur has been such an exciting and involved process," Kerkmann said. "It is like a case study that combines all of the classes from my experience in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business . I am able to apply the skills and knowledge from all of my classes at Utah State and implement them in this business."
"Starting my own business has been a real challenge and adventure," Kerkmann said. "With my business I am responsible for everything from accounting to marketing. I've had to draw upon all of my business classes, contacts and mentors to make this venture work."
As a Jon M. Huntsman School of Business ambassador, Kerkmann has met business leaders who helped him develop his company and given him professional advice. He hosted Tom Stockham, former president of ticketmaster.com, at a Dean's Convocation. From that contact, a relationship was created that resulted in several e-mail exchanges. Stockham provided advice and suggestions about Kerkmann's business.
"As a business ambassador, I've learned a lot about business in the real world from the high-profile executives the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business brought in, including Kem Gardner and Ken Wooley," Kerkmann said. "It's nice to be able to talk with these professionals one-on-one and apply their advice to my own business."
In addition to his coursework, hobbies, start-up company and student government positions in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business , Kerkmann was one of 42 students who recently participated in an eight-week academic experience that included traveling for five weeks through Chile, Brazil and Peru. He also plans to travel to Paris, Brussels, London, New York and Washington, D.C. as a part of the college's Junior Year Experience program.
"Josh is an exceptional business student," said Chris Fawson, senior associate dean for academic and international affairs. "He has excelled in leadership, coursework and applying the principals we teach in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business to his own entrepreneurial efforts."
Whether riding motorcycles, starting his own business or traveling the globe, Kerkmann is a Jon M. Huntsman School of Business student who says he's always looking to take a risk and learn something new.