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October 8, 2013

Blugold Sales Challenge finalists announced

Blugold Sales Challenge Finalists

Blugold Sales Challenge finalists, from left to right: Steve Helgeson, Brandi Bawek, and Jake Hagglund.

Brandi Bawek, Jake Hagglund, and Steve Helgeson were the three top finalists at the 12th Annual Blugold Sales Challenge, held October 4-5, 2013 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The event was sponsored by Northwestern Mutual-The Bohannon Group.

The three UW-Eau Claire seniors are majoring in professional sales marketing. Helgeson is also completing a second major in finance. All three finalists are from Wisconsin: Bawek is from Arcadia, Hagglund is from Neillsville, and Helgeson is from Eau Claire.

The Blugold Sales Challenge is designed to expose students to a sales competition and give them professional feedback on their selling skills. Students delivered a 20-minute sales presentation for ADP payroll software.

Hagglund will compete at the Florida State University International Collegiate Sales Competition, Nov. 8-10 in Tallahassee, FL. Competing with Hagglund is Kelsey Keiser, a senior professional sales marketing major from Prairie Du Sac, WI.  Attending the event as an alternate are Callie Johnson, a senior marketing major from Spooner, WI and Arianne Thompson, a senior marketing analytics major from River Falls, WI.

Bawek and Helgeson will compete at the William Paterson University Russ Berrie National Sales Challenge, Nov. 13-15, in Wayne, NJ. Attending the event as an alternate are Christopher Cull, a senior professional sales marketing major from Hartland, WI, and Elle Fox, a senior marketing major from Lakeville, MN.

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

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