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November 16, 2009

2009 Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up the Biggest Event Yet

2009 Winners

The 2009 Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up top three salespersons were named on Saturday, November 14. From left to right: Amy Lytle, Bemidji State University (Overall Champion); Collin Forst, University of Northern Iowa (Second Runner-Up); Robyn McBrady, Bemidji State University (First Runner-Up).


Fifty-one college students from fourteen schools in seven states competed for cash prizes and title of top salesperson at the 2009 University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, held November 12–14, on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Amy Lytle, Bemidji State, was named Overall Champion. Lytle was awarded a trophy and $1,500 cash prize sponsored by SuperValu.

Other Warm-Up competition winners included first runner-up Robyn McBrady, Bemidji State, who received a trophy and $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Huntsinger Companies; and second runner-up Colin Forst, University of Northern Iowa, who received a trophy and $750 cash prize sponsored by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network—Bohannon Group. The highest scoring individual from each participating school, excluding the top overall winners, was named School Champion. Each individual received a trophy and $150 cash prize sponsored by Aflac and Wells Fargo Financial. See box below for school champions.

The Warm-Up, which was held in the college’s new Peggy Rathbun–Rex System suite of rooms, is designed to increase student interest in sales as a profession, according to Bob Erffmeyer, professor of marketing and competition director. All contestants delivered two 20-minute sales presentations—one for a Hormel product, the other for a SuperValu service—to an individual buyer. Sales calls were evaluated by a panel of sales professionals who viewed presentations via cablecast at a remote location. Students received their evaluation sheets, a computer link to their presentations, and a half-hour debriefing session with one of the sales professionals who evaluated their performance.

The 2009 event was attended by 180 people, a number that included competitors, faculty coaches, corporate sponsors and student, faculty and corporate volunteers. A special thanks to the many individuals those who made the 2009 event possible.

The 2010 Warm-Up will be November 11–13 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Universities interested in participating in the event should contact Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, Warm-Up director, by email at erffmerc@uwec.edu or by phone at 715.836.4644. Companies interested in sponsorship should contact Meredith Wolf, Warm-Up coordinator, by email at wolfm@uwec.edu or by phone at 715.836.3543.

School Champion Awards:


Aurora University: Steve Salazar
Ball State University: Aaron Ehrie
Bemidji State University: Tony Hietalati
Elon University: Sarah Doggett
Indiana University: Mark Salmon
Minnesota State University–Mankato: Susan Rajbhandari
St. Catherine University: Lauren Dunlap
St. Cloud State University: Heidi Scapanski
University of Louisville: Peggy Campbell
University of Northern Iowa: Tyler Dodd
UW–Eau Claire: Tom Opitz
UW–Parkside: Zach Pittsley
UW–Stout: Emily Moe
Western Carolina University: Sara Hayes

2009 Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up

SPONSORS

Major Sponsors
Cintas
Hormel Foods
SuperValu

Other Sponsors
Aflac
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Huebsch Services
Huntsinger Companies
Larson Companies Hotel Group
Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Liberty Mutual
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network—Bohannon Group
Sun Life Financial
Tom James
Wells Fargo Financial



COACHES AND STUDENT PARTICIPANTS

Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Shawn Green, faculty coach
Steve Brauer
Steve Salazar 

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Ramon Avila, faculty coach
Nick Ashley
Denise Crawley
Aaron Ehrie
Adam Merritt

Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
Dave Heilig, faculty coach
Tony Hietalati
Molly Krivarchka
Amy Lytle
Robyn McBrady

Elon University, Elon, NC
Michael Rodriguez, faculty coach
Sarah Doggett
Caitlin McGuire
Charles McKenna

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Dick Canada, faculty coach
Lauren Fish
Chris Held
Jessica Messinger
Mark Salmon

Minnesota State University–Mankato, Mankato, MN
John Kuzma, faculty coach
Brittany Markuson
Susan Rajbhandari
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Lynn Schleeter, faculty coach
Lauren Dunlap
Jesenia Eduarte
Diana Lee

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
David Thomsen, faculty coach
Forrest Bailey
Heidi Scapanski
Michael Stafford
Christina Swan

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Buddy LaForge, faculty coach
Peggy Campbell
Jamie Giles
Jimmy Koch
Branden Prince
Nathan Wright

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Matt Bunker, faculty coach
Tyler Dodd
Collin Forst
Justin Noethe
Jillian Siehlmann

University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
LaNette Flunker, faculty coach
Matt Beyer
Pat Delehanty
Zach Fletcher
Scott Hannan
Tom Opitz

University of Wisconsin–Parkside, Kenosha, WI
Peter Knight, faculty coach
Kyle Hagemann
Kristopher Hopper
Zach Pittsley
Rachel Wise

University of Wisconsin–Stout, Menomonie, WI
Jerry Kollross, faculty coach
Chris Hale
Breanna Hover
Zachary Friedman
Emily Moe

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Jim DeConinck, faculty coach
Kevin Brown
Sara Hayes
Chelsea Meffert
Jake Spitler



SPONSORS, JUDGES, BUYERS & JOB FAIR REPRESENTATIVES

Aflac
Jay Adelmann
Mike Beck
Adam Gardner
Mike Pederson

Cardinal Marketing
Bill Febry

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Becky Constant
Becky Krekelberg
Jennifer Mead

Hormel Foods
Ryan Altergott
Tom Guse
Brett Harris
Brian Molhusen
Kurt Mueller
Lisa Hobscheidt
Steve Peters
Patty Riedl
Alex Sales

Huebsch Services
Amy Axness
Tim Benjamin
Grayson Gilbert
Chuck Kent
Mary Steinke
Jim Vaudreiul

Liberty Mutual
Rick Allen
Robert Anderson
Melaney Barba
Holly Blake
Erica Brodd
Kathy Clark
Dylan Hibbard
Tony Sartori

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network—Bohannon Group

Ryan Brockhaus
Todd Grabner
Jordan Hauke
Travis King
Tara Putz

Standard Register
Heather Maul
Garret Ullom

Sun Life Financial
Ashley Gainor
Michelle Heath
David Johnson
Tyler Peterson

SuperValu
Brian Audette
Bruce Bostwick
Curt Cullison
Nori Haverstock
Rehn Lesueur
Christine Walsh

Tom James
Michael Barkin
John Burton
Jill Lynn
Steve Nucci
Jim Messman
Rob Ringeisen
Daniel Weibracht

Wells Fargo Financial
Jeff Fladmark
Travis Gardner
Todd Klusmann
Aaron Loken
TJ Robertson
Megan Schulz
Tyler Tomesh
Brad Weappa



VOLUNTEERS


Mid-State Technical College
Jon Steele

UW–Eau Claire Faculty, Staff, Friends
Joe Bonner
Ryan Bucki
Jan Connolly
Dawna Drum
Bob Erffmeyer
Galen Flunker
Jessica Gardner
Justin Gardner
Bill Hoepner
Cindy Hofacker
Ray Hughes
Gretchen Hutterli
Bonnie Krahn
Scott Lester
Abe Nahm
Julie Pennington
Nancy Rasmussen
Bob Sutton
Scott Swanson
Chuck Tomkovick
Tim Vaughan
Jeri Weiser
Meredith Wolf

Students

Gretchen Bachmeier
Matt Brady
Cuyler Brown
Kellen Busey
Shelby Carlson
Paul Coates
Katie Cummings
Ryan Daley
Mitch Davis
Annie Dickinson
Becca Diederich
Max Docksey
Alicia Gillberg
Laura Glidden
Sarah Hagen
Rachel Hiew
Teresa Higgins
Jackie Jasperson
Christina Kubitschek
Brad Kuhnen
Phil Loprinzi
Jessica Mattison
Claire McGahan
Eric Meyers
Kristen Morgan
Houa Moua
Crystal Navarrete
Mandy Olson
Kelli Renstrom
Nicole Schammel
Nick Stokes
Michael Thull
Scott Wallace
Ryan Wirth

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