Kwik Trip IT director named Western Tech’s 2022 distinguished alumnus

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — An IT director at Kwik Trip, Inc. is Western Technical College’s 2022 distinguished alumnus.

Tom Colbert


Western’s Alumni Association chose 1986 graduate Tom Colbert. After graduating from Western’s CIS Programmer/Analyst program, Colbert began a career as a developer at Kwik Trip. In the three decades since, Colbert became IT director and is recognized in his industry as leader, including being named 2017’s Convenience Store News Technology Leader of the Year.

A strong advocate of Western Technical College, Colbert regularly encourages staff to visit campus, get involved in advisory boards and provide internship opportunities for graduates.

“The Alumni Association and Alumni Board is so pleased to have Tom represent Western through this award,” said Stephanie Knutson, alumni relations manager at Western. “Tom’s commitment to Western and his leadership at one of the largest convenience store brands in the Midwest make him a perfect example of a strong leader both professionally and in his community. He is a proud Western alum and is very passionate about the value that Western provides to the region.”

Colbert will be honored in a ceremony at a later date. To learn more about Western’s Alumni Association, visit the association’s website.

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