PNC graduate making his mark in business
November 8, 2012 4:38PM
Wade Breitzke, a 2009 Purdue North Central graduate, has created two businesses, 27 Entertainment and Rockbox Creative. | Provided Photo
Updated: December 10, 2012 6:15AM
In the past few years, Purdue University North Central graduate Wade Breitzke has been a part of dozens of weddings. Several companies and groups have sought his help in growing their businesses and furthering their missions.
Breitzke, a small business owner, plays a significant role in the community. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies in 2009 and, every day since then, he’s committed himself to his businesses, 27 Entertainment and the recently formed Rockbox Creative.
When Breitzke created 27 Entertainment, he was the lone employee handling video production for short commercials, motion graphic projects and promotional pieces, and serving as a wedding videographer, DJ and lighting expert.
As the business grew, Breitzke hired some PNC friends to help as needed. Today, he has four full-time and 12 part-time employees.
Breitzke’s hard work, attention to detail and willingness to do what it takes to succeed helped his business grow 350 percent in 2010 and more than 200 percent in 2011. He projects his revenue will double for 2012.
Breitzke spun off Rockbox Creative to handle his commercial clients. He is opening another location in Valparaiso and has plans for satellite offices in Michigan and Illinois.
“It’s been eat, sleep, breathe my job situation for the past couple years, but the payoff is totally worth it,” Breitzke said.
The support of his wife, Cambria, has been essential to his success. As Breitzke reflects on his accomplishments since earning his degree, he realizes his PNC education played a key role.
“PNC is huge part of the reason I’ve found success,” Breitzke said. “I was told that my net worth is only as great as my network, and PNC allowed me to build my local network while earning my degree.
“My connections, paired with the education I received, were a priceless combination. I can’t begin to describe how important the relationships I’ve built have been to the success of 27 Entertainment and Rockbox Creative. The opportunity to build and maintain those relationships has been incredibly valuable.”
Breitzke’s work recently earned him recognition from the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center as its 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Besides his businesses, he has worked as a project director with A Positive Approach to Teen Health (P.A.T.H.). Breitzke oversaw the evaluation, creation and implementation of the first year of a five-year, $5 million grant. At that time, he needed to make a decision.
“My business continued to grow, and I had to make a choice — work 90 hours a week with two jobs or go for it on the entrepreneur end,” Breitzke said.
Although he stays involved with P.A.T.H., his focus is his two businesses.
Breitzke takes time to give back to his community. He is a board member of the Northern Indiana branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is involved with the LaPorte County United Way and produced its recent campaign video. In fact, he provides entertainment and video services for several local not-for-profits.
Breitzke and his wife have carefully laid out their plans for the future.
“I want to continue to build the brands of 27 Entertainment and Rockbox Creative,” he said. “I hope to launch new initiatives and continue to employ more people. I plan to open more locations and duplicate what we’ve been able to do here in Northern Indiana.”