Mike Brown and his wife, Nancy, have literally helped build a new university with their generosity.
Karl Schubert ’09 takes his shot at the golf apparel industry equipped with a University of La Verne business degree in his bag.
Karl Schubert ’09, knew he wanted to own a business and be his own boss, and he knew he had to take the leap and buy Beyond The Links, a men’s golf fashion line, in 2011.
The successful new venture is working out well for Schubert and the University of La Verne.
“It’s going well,” Schubert said. “It’s just a whole other animal. It’s dynamic and constantly changing.”
Schubert credits his ability to run the clothing business, launched in 2006 by his friend and La Verne alumnus Joe Skovron ’04, effectively, to the University of La Verne, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
“When I start getting my hands dirty for the business I think back to those tools I learned at La Verne and I’m able to take on a huge project,” Schubert said. “It wasn’t just the education, it was the tools they gave me to be the person I am now.”
La Verne Golf Coach Chris Davis enjoys working with Schubert and said that they purchase Beyond The Links apparel because of the excellent quality.
“We look for shirts the guys will wear in and out of season, and for shirts that will last more than one year,” Davis said. “Beyond The Links has new styles each year, and is made of a material that will hold up over a number of seasons. Our student athletes enjoy the shirts. They are not a traditional polo by any means, so they enjoy the uniqueness of the product, as well as their comfort and longevity.
“La Verne golf will be sporting BTL gear for years to come.”
And while Schubert plans to continue to develop the golf apparel line, he also has plans to expand into women’s golf apparel and surfing.
“The opportunity to work for yourself is so empowering and I can’t believe I waited this long to give it a try,” Schubert said.