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September 21, 2012

Let the Challenge Begin: Good luck to 2012 Blugold Sales Challenge competitors

11th Annual Blugold Sales ChallengeTwenty-one University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will participate in the 11th Annual Blugold Sales Challenge held September 21 and 22 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The competition is supported by a $5,000 grant from Northwestern Mutual: The Bohannon Group. 

The following students will be competing in this year’s Blugold Sales Challenge: 

  • Nicholas J. Adams, a senior professional sales marketing major from Shakopee, MN
  • Timothy Bortner, a sophomore professional sales marketing major from Corcoran, MN
  • Kellen Busey, a senior professional sales marketing major from Rochester, MN
  • Emma Carlson, a senior professional sales marketing major from Rosemount, MN
  • Drew Christensen, a senior business economics major from Wausau, WI
  • Patrick J. Connelly, a senior professional sales marketing major from Edina, MN
  • Cory Conway, a junior, marketing major from Mendota Heights, MN
  • Melissa Erickson, a senior professional sales marketing major from Schofield, WI
  • Nicole Foyt, a junior professional sales marketing major from Eden Prairie, MN
  • Lauren Gault, a senior professional sales marketing major from Milwaukee, Wi
  • King Sheng “Billy” Goh, a senior chemistry-business major from Malaysia
  • Mitchell Lang, a senior management major from Le Center, MN
  • Michael Lesinski, a senior professional sales marketing major from Neenah, WI
  • Keenan Meitner, a junior professional sales marketing major from Hortonville, WI
  • Connor Meloy, a senior professional sales marketing major from Madison, WI
  • Samuel Mimier, a senior professional sales marketing major from Mukwonago, WI
  • Alexandra Roland, a senior marketing major from Wausau, WI
  • Aaron Severson, a senior professional sales marketing major from Green Bay, WI
  • Katrina Smith, a senior professional sales marketing major from Eau Claire, WI
  • Charles Truttman, a senior professional sales marketing major from Suring, WI
  • Cameron Walther, a senior professional sales marketing major from Whitefish bay, WI.

The Blugold Sales Challenge is designed to expose students to a sales competition and give them professional feedback on their selling skills. Students will deliver a 20-minute sales presentation for NetSuite CRM software. Sales professionals from The Bohannon Group will judge presentations using the same scoring system used at sales competitions around the country.  

The top three contestants will receive awards and the opportunity to represent UW-Eau Claire at the Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, November 8–10, 2012. Rank also will determine which students will participate in seven other sales competitions held around the country during the 2012-13 academic year.  

The Blugold Sales Challenge is sponsored by the Department of Management and Marketing. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Bob Erffmeyer, director of the Center for Sales & Sales Management or Jerry Kollross, assistant director and coach of the UW-Eau Claire sales team.

A special thanks to the following individuals from the NM-The Bohannon Group for serving as judges

  • Ryan Brockhaus, field director
  • Michael Brownlow, financial representative
  • Gabe Christenson, recruiting field director
  • Brent Goska, financial representative
  • Jordan Hauke, director of selection
  • Dillon McFarren, financial representative
  • Joel Molitor, managing director
  • Sarah Molitor, campus ambassador
  • Katie Pater, campus amassador
  • Tara Putz, director of campus selection
  • Ben Rasanen, director of internship development
  • Jackie Risbrudt, campus recruiter
  • Mike Sedjo, financial representative
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