Bradenton man with analytic gifts wins USF award

rdymond@bradenton.comDecember 17, 2012 

SARASOTA -- Alexander Klotz's fiance and family believe the Bradenton man will change the world.

"He's amazing," said Kelly Clark, who is set to marry Klotz Jan. 19 at Saints Peter and Paul The Apostles Catholic Church on 75th Street West in Bradenton followed by a reception in Lakewood Ranch.

Klotz is regarded by his professors and classmates at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee as one of the most logical, rational and analytic students they have seen come through USF's master of business administration program in quite some time. On Sunday, he won the Paul Searls Webecke Award as most outstanding student in the school's master of business administration program.

Klotz was honored during USF Sarasota-Manatee's 2012 Fall Commencement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota.

The ceremony honored 13 other masters degree candidates from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Education as well as 226 undergraduate students.

Klotz, who is currently working as an Iberiabank asset manager in Bradenton on State Road 64 near Interstate 75, has made his goal a career in

business management, perhaps overseas as he speaks fluent German as well as English.

A dual citizen of the United States and Germany, Klotz came to the U.S. from Germany with his parents when he was 16 and graduated from Southeast High School in 2005.

He never veered from a game plan set in motion by traveling the world as a youngster with his highly-successful businessman grandfather, Hans Dittmar, who helped design massive mixing containers for companies in Japan and Europe. Klotz got an associates degree at the then Manatee Community College followed by an undergraduate degree in finance from USF Sarasota-Manatee, which he did in summa cum laude style with a 4.0 grade point average.

From there he went straight into the USF-Sarasota-Manatee masters of business administration program. He graduated with a 3.93 grade point average.

"When I set a target on something, I do not want to quit until I achieve it," Klotz said.

But Clark, who works for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, knows a side of her guy that few others know.

While it is true Klotz is logical and analytic and waited four years to propose to her, once he did it, he did it with flair, style, secrecy and romance.

Klotz proposed on the stage of the Mertz Theatre in Sarasota after he and Clark had attended a performance of the French comedy farce "Boeing-Boeing" about a year ago, Clark said.

Somehow, Klotz enlisted the help of the entire cast of the Asolo Repertory Theatre to take Clark on a backstage tour of the theatre while both his family and hers were secretly brought into the theater.

When Clark came on stage she saw scores of family members and stood there stunned.

"I had no idea what was happening," Clark said. "Then, Alex came out on stage from the other side and I knew. He got down on his knees and proposed. I cried."

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