March 6, 2013
UW-Eau Claire 7th runner-up at National Collegiate Sales Competition
From l to r: UW-Eau Claire Sales Team Coach Jerry Kollross, Cameron Walther, Melissa Erickson, and Samuel Mimier.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sales team was the 7th runner-up at the 15th National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC) held March 1-4, 2013 at Kennesaw State University. The 2013 undergraduate team champion trophy was awarded to Texas State University.
- Texas State University
- Queen’s University (Canada)
- University of Akron
- University of Houston
- Ball State University
- University of Central Florida
- Kennesaw State University
- UW-Eau Claire
- Washington State University, Vancouver
- Illinois State University
One hundred and thirty-two students from 66 universities from across North America participated in the undergraduate competition division. Mykayla Goodwin from Texas State University was named the 2013 NCSC undergraduate champion. Melissa Erickson, a senior UW-Eau Claire professional sales marketing major from Schofield, WI, finished 6th.
“Going to nationals was absolutely amazing,” said Erickson. “My team made the experience even better. We met so many great people from other schools. I would absolutely recommend this experience to everyone.”
Competing with Erickson on the UW-Eau Claire team was Cameron Walther, a senior professional sales marketing major from Whitefish Bay, WI. Team alternate Samuel Mimier, a senior professional sales marketing major from Mukwonago, WI, assisted as student coach. Jerry Kollross, UW-Eau Claire Department of Management and Marketing, was the faculty coach.
“It was a team effort to finish in the top ten for a second year in a row,” said Kollross. “Missy, Cam and Sam worked as a cohesive team to meet all of the goals we set before the competition. I’m very proud to be the Blugold sales team coach, and I continue to be amazed by the talent we have on our sales team.”
The UW-Eau Claire students did not go unnoticed.
“People recognize Eau Claire talent,” tweeted Mimier from the NSCS. “It makes me realize we can compete against anyone."
“It was surreal to me that employers would just walk up to you and want to interview you on the spot,” she said.
When they weren’t competing, Erickson, Mimier and Walther spent time networking with recruiters. Over 40 sponsors attended the two-day career fair. All three students made connections which they hope will result in job offers.
“I was able to spend a lot of quality time interacting with recruiters and setting myself up for a great opportunity next year,” said Walther.
All three UW-Eau Claire students felt the competition was a life changing event that was well worth the time and effort they spent preparing for it. The students met as a group with Kollross every Friday afternoon during the spring semester. He also met with them individually during the week.
“It was fun breaking down cases and going through the stages of prepping, coaching, and motivating,” said Mimier. “And I had an amazing time down there. The whole experience is really going to prepare me to be very successful at my future job positions. I am very proud to be a Blugold!”
The UW-Eau Claire sales team has one last competition before the 2012-13 season comes to a close. Senior professional sales students Kellen Busey (Rochester, MN) and Charles Truttman (Suring, WI) will compete at the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition at California State University Chico on April 20th.
Then Kollross will set his sights on next year.
Later this spring he will hold an information meeting for students interested in learning more about the UW-Eau Claire sales team. For more information about that meeting, contact Kollross by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Top 10 finish for UW-Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire sales team has placed in the Top 10 at the National Collegiate Sales Competition seven times since the team first attended the competition in 2003. See results at www.uwec.edu/COB/salescenter/results.htm.