January 14, 2007
Young entrepreneur named Cowley’s January Student of the Month
Cowley College sophomore Alex Gottlob knows a thing or two about hard work as running his own business along with being a full-time student can attest. The young entrepreneur was recently honored for his work in the classroom as he was named Cowley College’s January Student of the Month.
Gottlob, son of Bob and Connie Gottlob of Winfield, has an older sister, Angela, 32, and an older brother, Austin, 30. Grandparents are, Verne and Zola Gottlob of Winfield, and Lawrence and the late Jean Gann of Winfield.
At Cowley, he is involved in Phi Beta Lambda, Campus Christian Fellowship, and is a Cowley Ambassador. He is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. He plans to transfer to Southwestern College in Winfield after graduating from Cowley.
Representing Cowley’s Phi Beta Lambda organization at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. this past June, Gottlob became the first Cowley student to place first at the national level as he placed first in Job Interview.
A job interview is something that Gottlob has not had to do since he began working as he has been the owner of Gottlob Lawn and Landscape since he was in the sixth grade.
He started out mowing lawns, but the business has grown to where he and his eight seasonal employees not only mow yards, they also do landscape design and build stone walls. They also dabble in small irrigation maintenance and sell plants from their nursery.
The business was one of the reasons he chose to attend Cowley.
“Having a business, it was great to be able to stay close to home and still operate the business,” Gottlob said. “I have also had several family members that have gone here and been successful after attending Cowley.” Gottlob’s sister, Angela, father, Bob, and four cousins attended Cowley.
Along with the eight seasonal employees Gottlob has on staff, he also has three-year round employees. He works between 20-30 hours a week during the winter months and around 60 hours a week during the other months of the year. He also handles the accounting aspects of the business.
Despite staying so busy, Gottlob has managed to find a healthy balance between school and work and currently has a 3.5 grade point average.
“Running a business and going to school is a challenge, but I have become so accustomed to it that I have gotten used to it,” Gottlob said. “Balancing a schedule for so long you become fairly efficient in certain things that you do.”
He said news of being the January Student of the Month came at the perfect time.
“I got it the day before we left for Christmas Break, so it was a pleasant surprise after a long week of finals,” Gottlob said. “It’s a great honor.”
He has always been very active in school dating back to his time at Winfield High School. He was very active in FFA in high school and received the national FFA award for Turf Grass Management Entrepreneurship Proficiency in 2004.
Along with his activities at Cowley, he also serves as a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sisters program.
“When I left high school I knew I was not going to be quite as civically active, so I thought this would be a good way to make an impact and influence a youngster,” Gottlob said.
In his free time, Gottlob enjoys watching movies, traveling and listening to music. “People always ask me what do I do for fun, well my work is fun, I don’t necessarily look at it as work,” Gottlob said. “I really enjoy what I do, and they always say find a career you enjoy, so I have stayed with it.”
Obviously Gottlob has no plans of slowing down, but he does think of possibly exploring other avenues of work some day down the line.
“I always try to set myself up for success and have a lot of doors open,” Gottlob said. “I would maybe even like to be a high school business teacher or involved in real estate in the future.”
Gottlob has enjoyed his time at Cowley, including working with instructors like Bev Grunder, Department Chair for the Business, Computer and Information Technology Department/PBL Advisor.
“It has been a lot of fun,” Gottlob said. “I know a lot of the staff and teachers and consider my time here to have been extremely enjoyable.”
Those interested in contacting Gottlob for work can reach him at Gottlob Lawn and Landscape, (620) 222-8870, or firstname.lastname@example.org