Student group spotlight: Meet the ABC

February 1, 2024

Creating leadership opportunities, increasing excitement around the agricultural industry

The Ag Business Club (ABC) was established in 2018 as a joint club between CFANS and the Carlson School of Management. It currently is composed of about 40 members with a wide mixture of majors related to business, marketing, food systems, and economics. CFANS members have majors including applied economics, animal science, food systems, and agricultural communication and marketing. The ABC is advised by Ben Hansen, associate director for employer relations in career and internship services. 

The ABC Executive Team for 2024. President Wyatt Gonsior, Vice President: Gus Hasbargen, Industry Relations Ella Thome, Treasurer Owen Rozeboom, Secretary Adam Ruen, Social Communications Sarah Hagenow, CFANS Undergraduate Student Board Representative John Novacek.
The ABC 2024 Executive Team. Front row (l to r): Gas Hasbargen, Vice President: junior majoring in ag communications and marketing, Wyatt Gonsior, President: sophomore majoring in ag and food business management, Owen Rozeboom, Treasurer: sophomore majoring in animal science and political science. Back row (l to r): Sarah Hagenow, Social Communications Chair: junior majoring in ag and food business management, John Novacek, CFANS Student Boards Rep: junior majoring in ag and food business management, Adam Ruen, Secretary: sophomore majoring in ag and food business management, Ella Thome, Industry Relations: junior majoring in ag communications and marketing. 

The ABC's goal and purpose is to create leadership development opportunities for members through interactive learning to enrich students and prepare them for the agriculture industry. Another goal is to connect current students with future employers through our vast network of alumni, as well as professional development by providing resume reviewing, business etiquette and mock interviewing.

Activities include a cook-out on the first day of fall semester, presentations from industry professionals, the Ag, Food, Business Career Fair in September, and industry tour each semester, and a resume writing workshop for ag and food business positions.  

"I really enjoy being able to hear from alumni that have traveled our path before because they give out really great career advice, as well as just personal advice for making the most of our college experience," says Sarah Hagenow, ABC executive team member. "It’s also really great to have a solid network of professionals that we can build from just attending meetings! They always encourage us to reach out on LinkedIn or connect with them if we are looking for potential job opportunities, which I think gives us a leg up in the job search after graduating."

ABC members.