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November 13, 2012

UW-Eau Claire and Bowling Green take top honors at 2012 Warm-Up

2012 top three salespersons


The 2012 Warm-Up top three salespersons l-r: Melissa Erickson, UW-Eau Claire (1st Runner-Up); Cameron Walther, UW-Eau Claire (Overall Champion); Alecia Hitchman, Bowling Green State University (2nd Runner-Up)


Forty-eight college students from fifteen schools in ten states competed for cash prizes and title of top salesperson at the sixth University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up. The event was held November 8-10, 2012 on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition. » View student competitors

Cameron Walther, a senior UW-Eau Claire professional sales marketing major from Whitefish Bay, WI, was named 2012 Overall Champion. He was awarded a trophy, a $1,000 custom suit from Tom James, and a $1,500 cash award. Walther was coached by Jerry Kollross.

Melissa Erickson, a senior UW-Eau Claire professional sales marketing major from Schofield, WI, was named first runner-up. She received a trophy and $1,000 cash award. Erickson also was coached by Kollross.

Alecia Hitchman, Bowling Green State University, was named second runner-up. She received a trophy and $750 cash prize. Hitchman was coached by Christine Seiler.

The highest scoring individual from each participating school, excluding the top overall winners, was named “school champion”. The following school champions received a trophy and $150 cash prize:

  • Aurora University, Aurora, IL
    Derek Cooper

  • Ball State University, Muncie, IN
    Zachary Canterbury

  • Baylor University, Waco, TX
    Bryan Baker

  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
    Jacob West

  • Illinois State University, Normal, IL
    Meghan Kelly

  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    Megan Kirtland

  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
    Cameron Wedde

  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
    Jazmyn Hawkins

  • University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
    Lauren Baldridge

  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
    Skylar Lind

  • University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
    Lauren Gault, a senior professional sales marketing major from Milwaukee, WI

  • University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
    Amber Fochs

  • University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Kenosha, WI
    Michael Anderson

  • University of Wisconsin–Stout, Menomonie, WI
    Brittany Rinker

  • Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
    Tony Becker

In addition, Huebsch Services and Tom James Company were recognized as five-year sponsors of The Warm-Up.

The Warm-Up wishes to thank the following companies and individuals for supporting this year’s events: ADP-Automatic Data Processing, Dr. Robert Erffmeyer and Gretchen Hutterli, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GraybaR, Hormel Foods, Huebsch Services, Inland Label, Jack Link’s, KI, Inc.–Krueger International, Inc., Liberty Mutual, M3 Insurance, McAfee, Mid-State Technical College, Northwestern Mutual—Bohannon Group, Michael Schulze, Sherwin-Williams, SuperValu, TEKsystems, Thomson Reuters, Tom James, Uline, US Foods, Verizon, Zones.

Next year’s Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up will be held November 7-9, 2013. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, director, UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up at erffmerc@uwec.edu or visit the competition’s website at www.uwec.edu/cob/sales.

A special thanks to 2012 Warm-Up coaches and volunteers

COACHES

  • Aurora University, Shawn Green
  • Ball State University, Michele Bartlett
  • Baylor University, Andrea Dixon
  • Bowling Green State University, Christine Seiler
  • Illinois State University, Jill Attaway
  • Kansas State University, Dawn Deeter-Schmelz
  • North Dakota State University, Michael Krush
  • Tuskegee University, Faye Jackson
  • University of Louisville, Buddy LaForge
  • University of Northern Iowa, Marty Hansen
  • University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Jerry Kollross
  • University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, Susan Whitewater
  • University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Jim McPhaul, Bob Stoebe
  • University of Wisconsin–Stout, Jessica Gardner, Logan Woller
  • Viterbo University, Mike Behan

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS

  • ADP-Automatic Data Processing: Lori Sullivan, Tamara Welch
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Matt Jaskowiak, Becky Krekelberg , Ashley Laffen
  • GraybaR: Linda Bergstedt, Scott Moseman, Ellen Rebne, Gerald “Jerry” Thompson
  • Hormel Foods: Jennifer Dao, Tom Day, Blake Flores, Brett Harris, Kurt Mueller, Scott Nemec, Patty Riedl, Steven Rothenberg
  • Huebsch Services: Tim Benjamin, Emily Helquist, Chuck Kent, Ken Snow
  • Inland Label: Adam Boehlke, Paige Conforti, Evan Hoffman, Scott May, Dave Slain, Garet Wetzel
  • Jack Link’s: Jay Olson, Heather Sandona
  • KI, Inc.: Kristin DeWane, Tad Peterson
  • Liberty Mutual: Melaney Barba, Anthony Bouton, Melodie DeVel, Eric Nowlin
  • M3 Insurance: Claire Flitcroft, Alicia Kiser
  • McAfee: JoAna Little, Angela Newsom, Alyse Qaish, Stacey Simmons
  • Northwestern Mutual—Bohannon Group: Brent Goska, Jordan Hauke, Dillon McFarren, Joel Molitor, Sam Rubenzer
  • Sherwin-Williams: Catherine Catino, Taylor Haley, Mary Wolf
  • SuperValu: Alyssa Anttila, Brian Audette, Diana Colburn, Lori Goodwin, Erin Graff, Nori Haverstock, LuAnn Herzog, Nietra Jaquette, Kendall Johnk, Aimee McNamara, Kim Tillman-Morefield
  • TEKsystems: Alex Flores,  Jessica Guistolise, Ryan Hopkins, Hattie Kane, Jessica Parrish, Lisa Vashkelis
  • Thomson Reuters: Dan Karel, Rachel Laing, Brad Messerich, Mike Schoonveld, Jelena Tarbuk
  • Tom James Company: Bo Anderson, Samantha Cobb, Rebecca Garsys, Brian Hopkins, Kay Kacheroski, Darrell Pavelka, Rob Ringeisen, Scott Weaver
  • Uline: Nicole Anderson, Andrew Cooan, Michael Ehrhart
  • US Foods: Bob Luna, Mark Carlson
  • Verizon: Andrew Eyers, Elizabeth Hernandez, Derek Marshall, Amber Newgard
  • Zones: Jim Grass, Crystal Schultz

MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

  • Jon Steele

UW-EAU CLAIRE

FACULTY/STAFF

  • Joe Bonner
  • Ashley Brott
  • Bob Erffmeyer
  • Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen
  • Diane Hoadley
  • Bill Hoepner
  • Gretchen Hutterli
  • Bonnie Krahn
  • David Nesvacil
  • Julie Pennington
  • Linda Pophal
  • Scott Swanson
  • Jeri Weiser
  • Tiffany Weiss
  • Rama Yelkur

STUDENTS

  • Nick Adams
  • Gretchen Bachmeier
  • Tim Bortner
  • Jonathon Britanyak
  • Kellen Busey
  • Saira J. Caneff
  • Emma Carlson
  • Patrick Connolly
  • Nicole Foyt
  • Billy Goh
  • George Hayducsko
  • Mitch Lang
  • Mike Lesinski
  • Grace Ling-Yin
  • Keenan Meitner
  • Connor Meloy
  • Brian Ritter
  • Alexandra Roland
  • Aaron Severson
  • Charlie Truttman
  • Amber Zierl
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