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November 4, 2013

Baylor, Kansas State, and North Dakota State take top honors at 2013 Sales Warm-Up

Sales Warm-Up Finalists

The 2013 Warm-Up top three salespersons l-r: Andrew Richards, North Dakota State University (2nd Runner-Up); Emily Jardine, Kansas State University (1st Runner-Up); Oscar Velasquez, Baylor University (Overall Champion)



Sixty college students from 20 schools in eleven states competed for cash prizes and the title of top salesperson at the seventh University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, October 31-November 2. The event was held on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

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

Oscar Velasquez from Baylor University, a senior marketing and professional sales major from San Antonio, TX, was named 2013 Overall Champion.  He was awarded a trophy, a $1,000 custom suit from Tom James, and a $1,500 cash award. Velasquez was coached by Dr. Andrea Dixon.

Emily Jardine from Kansas State University, a senior marketing major and leadership studies minor from Manhattan, KS, was named first runner-up. She received a trophy and $1,000 cash award. Jardine was coached by Dr. Dawn Deeter-Schmelz.

North Dakota State University student Andrew Richards, a senior accounting major from Fargo, ND, was named second runner-up. He received a trophy and $750 cash prize. Richards was coached by Dr. Michael Krush.

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
•    Abe Messieha
Baylor University, Waco, TX
•    Kelsey Mann
Bowling Green State, Bowling Green, OH
•    Eric Ross
Florida State, Tallahassee, FL
•    Matthew MacDonald
Illinois State, Normal, IL
•    Matt Obergfell
Kansas State, Manhattan, KS
•    Tina Ratcliff
Louisiana State, Baton Rouge, LA
•    Jordon Lewis
North Dakota State, Fargo, ND
•    Ashley Seitz
St. Catherine U, St. Paul, MN
•    Jackie Polio
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
•    Amber Pratcher
U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
•    Tanner White
U of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
•    Hannah Duke
U of Dayton, Dayton, OH
•    Matthew Mullet
U of Texas-Dallas, Dallas, TX
•    Stephanie Reed
UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
•    Koral Pischer
UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
•    Danielle Spahn
UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI
•    Michael Cooke
UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI
•    Colby Strilaeff
UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
•    Evan Potrykus
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI
•    EmmaLee Eckardt

The Warm-Up wishes to thank our sponsors for supporting this year’s events. We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of more than 190 corporate, university and community volunteers who gave their time and talents to make this event a success. See box below.

The 2014 Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up will be held October 23-25. 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.uwecsaleswarmup.com.

2013 Sponsors and Volunteers

Sponsors

Platinum

  • Hormel Foods: Steve Althaus, Jen Dao, Jennesa Davidson, Emily Helmer, Brian Molhusen, Kurt Mueller, Scott Nemec, Patty Riedl, Steven Rothenberg, Regan Schultz, Aaron Severson, Kacy VanderHorst
  • SuperValu: Brian Audette, Diana Colburn, Mike Erickson, Lori Goodwin, LuAnn Herzog, Carrie Higgs, Nietra Jaquette, Rita Morgan, Kim Tillman, Chris Wagner

Gold

  • Cintas: Toby Atkinson, Nick Baker, Alisa Carmona, Austin Durham, Eric Edmond, Jason Hinton, Kelsey Kargas, Brad Newton, Nick Nowak, John Noetzel, Shelby Ray, Sarah Stubbs
  • GraybaR: Linda Bergstedt, Paul Morning, Erik Olsen, Ellen Rebne, Rick Schroeder
  • Johnson & Johnson: Kevin Heinrich
  • Liberty Mutual: Melaney Barba, Erica Brodd, Lana Haben, Todd Hughes
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company: Cathy Catino, Bryan Chester, Tim Hay, Mark Henderson, Kyle Hinners, Mary Wolf, Derek Young
  • TEKsystems: Emma Carlson, Dana Geisert, Bri Lelonek, Jessi Parish, Alexandra Roland, Lisa Vashkelis
  • Tom James Company: Bo Anderson, Rebecca Garsys, Brian Hopkins, Kay Kachersoki, Rachael Lundeen, Rob Ringeisen, Nate Rissi
  • Uline: Nicole Anderson, Michael Ehrhart
  • Verizon: Hugh Brennan, Thomas Cerutti, Ron Rodriguez

Silver

  • ADP: Courtney Peeler, Tamara Welch
  • Altria: Matthew Bishop, Stephanie Frank, Nicole Lence, Steve Ludwig
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Sarah Chrapowski, Ashley Laffen, Lea Spude
  • Inland Label: Adam Boehlke, Paige Conforti, Scott May, Dave Slain, Mark Wemette
  • McAfee: Lauren Gault, Anthony Farmer, Angela Newsom, Stacey Simmons
  • Northwestern Mutual-The Bohannon Group: Brittany Erickson, Brent Goska, Jordan Hauke, Sam Rubenzer, Kyle Thorpe
  • Samsung: Lyndsey Allison, Sarah Hargesheimer, Sara Lemons, Steve Schultz
  • Thomson Reuters: Rachel Laing, Alison Rongitsch, Jeff Rothmund, Scott Schwietz, Ryan Thorman

Introductory

  • Bank of America-Merchant Services: Lynn Blumenstein, Micah Shawn, Scott Spragg
  • Ferguson: Jamie Haynes, Theresa Hirsch
  • Gannett Wisconsin Media: Tim Carter, Amy Charais, Zac Dudzik, Nicole Mertes
  • Netsuite: Clarianne Asuncion, Mark Bidwell, Jenna Peeples
  • Northwestern Mutual-The Krivos Group: Allison Ceretto, Lisa Thiermann
  • Paycom: Patrick Holder
  • PepsiCo: Kacie Besser, Jeffrey Kimes, Ellen Stefaniak, Hugh Ward
  • Reinhart Foodservice: Mike Merrell, Tony Murphy
  • Reynolds & Reynolds: Nathan Brown, Ben Hokkanen, Katie Honsey, Dan Mares, Kate Thiem
  • River States Truck and Trailer: Sarah Fecht, Camden Halverson
  • Victaulic: Catherine Bryson, Lindsey Derstine
  • Zywave: Matt Coakley, Joanna Mesirow

Other Sponsors

  • Larson Companies
  • RECSOLU: Ralph Mobley

Volunteers

UW-Eau Claire Faculty/Staff: Joe Bonner, Ashley Brott, Sydney Chinchanachokchai, Gabi Eissa, Bob Erffmeyer, Diane Hoadley, Bill Hoepner, Gretchen Hutterli, Jerry Kollross, Bonnie Krahn, Kristy Lauver, David Nesvacil, Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, Scott Swanson, Jeri Weiser, Tiffany Weiss

UW-Eau Claire Graduate students: Saira Caneff, Richard Cable, Rochelle Her, Ling-Yin Wang

Student IT Support: Justin Peters, Charlie Schaack, Jim Schroeter

Mid-State Technical College: Jon Steele

Community Member: Pat Thontirawong

UW-Eau Claire Undergraduate Students: Jordan Andert, Gretchen Bachmeier, Brandi Bawek, Conrad Bergeron, Tim Bortner, Michael Boucher, Kyle Carr, Jy Corbett, Chris Cull, Gunner DeFlorian, Monica Dhaliwai, Taylor Donnelly, Elle Fox, Nicole Foyt, Drew Gohman, Ava Gretzinger, David Hart, Steve Helgeson, Jake Holterman, Lindsey Janz, Callie Johnson, Kelsey Keiser, Mia (Tasmiah) Khan, Justin Kohlbeck, Mike Lesinski, Tanner Luke, Cody Sanoy, Jim Schrocter, Jared Sweeney, Arianne Thompson, Charlie Truttman, Liz Verkuilen, Stephanie Weltzein, Brooke Yoder

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.