The 2011 Warm-Up top three salespersons l-r: Joseph Turek, Illinois State University (2nd Runner-Up); Monica Bohl, UW-La Crosse (Overall Champion); Spencer Anderson, Baylor University (1st Runner-Up)
UW-La Crosse, Baylor and Illinois State U take top honors at 2011 Warm-Up
Forty-eight college students from sixteen schools in nine states competed for cash prizes and title of top salesperson at the fifth University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up. The event was held November 10–12, 2011 on the UW-Eau Claire campus.
Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition.
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Monica Bohl, UW-La Crosse, was named 2011 Overall Champion. She was awarded a trophy, a $1,000 custom suit from Tom James, and a $1,500 cash award. Bohl was coached by Ms. Susan Whitewater and Dr. Kristy McManus.
Spencer Anderson, Baylor University, was named first runner-up. He received a trophy and $1,000 cash award. Anderson was coached by Dr. Andrea Dixon.
Joseph Turek, Illinois State University, was named second runner-up. He received a trophy and $750 cash prize. Turek was coached by Dr. Tim Longfellow.
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): Derek Cooper
- Ball State University (Muncie, IN): Kyle Thoden
- Baylor University (Waco, TX): Mark Crouse
- Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN): Christopher Smith
- Illinois State University (Normal, IL): Jennifer Mankowsky
- Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS): Monica Klawuhn
- North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND): Jesse Maier
- Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, MN): Carmen Sook
- University of Louisville (Louisville, KY): Alison Hartrum
- University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA): Cris Houlihan
- University of St. Catherine (St. Paul, MN): Lizabeth Wemeier
- UW–Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI): Breanna Begin
- UW-La Crosse (La Crosse, WI): Lindsey Sjobeck
- UW–Parkside (Kenosha, WI): Stephanie VanDerBunt
- UW–Stout (Menomonie, WI): Logan Woller
- UW-Whitewater (Whitewater, WI): Casey Klauck.
In addition, three UW-Eau Claire alumni and six corporate sponsors were honored at The Warm-Up. UW-Eau Claire alumni Brian Audette,'90, group vice president, Merchandising Transformation, SuperValu; Rebecca Krekelberg, '02, talent acquisition manager, Enterprise Holdings; and Kurt Mueller, '79, senior vice president, planning and support, Hormel Consumer Products Sales, Hormel Foods were singled out for their leadership. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hormel Foods, Larson Companies, Liberty Mutual, Northwestern Mutual Life—The Bohannon Group, and SuperValu were recognized as five-year sponsors of The Warm-Up.
The Warm-Up wishes to thank the following companies and individuals for supporting this year's events: Altria Group, Inc., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hormel Foods, Robert Erffmeyer & Gretchen Hutterli, Graybar, Huebsch Services, Inland Label, J.J. Keller & Associates, Larson Companies, Liberty Mutual, Michael K. Schulze, SuperValu, Northwestern Mutual—The Bohannon Group, Sherwin-Williams, TEKsystems, Thomson Reuters, and Tom James.
Next year's Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up will be held November 8-10, 2012. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, director, UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up at email@example.com or visit the competition's website at www.uwec.edu/cob/sales.
A special thanks to 2011 Warm-Up buyers, judges, and volunteers
Altria Group, Inc: Michael Campeau, Mark Crichton, Stephanie Frank
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: Becky Krekelberg, Ashley Laffen, Bob Yunker
Graybar: Scott Moseman, Erik Olsen, Ellen Rebne, Rick Schroeder, Brett Wilson
Hormel Foods: Brent Banwart, Liz Breedlove, Matt Day, Aaron Dillin, Eric Franz, Chris Hopp, Pat Lipinski, Brian Molhusen, Kurt Mueller, Scott Nemec, Jacklyn Robinson, Jenna Weber, Sarah Wienke
Huebsch Services: Tim Benjamin, Chuck Kent, Nick Mattson, Ken Snow
Inland Label: Paige Conforti, Ellen Mashak, Scott May, Dave Slain, Garet Wetzel
J.J. Keller: Robb Aasby, Ben Johnson, Andrew Yoblonski
Liberty Mutual: Doug Belt, Aaron Burmeister, Amy Miller, Lindsay Moran, Chris Schliepp
Mid-State Technical College: Jon Steele
Northwestern Mutual—Bohannon Group: Brittany Espeseth, Jake Gaines, Jordan Hauke, Dan Kruwicki, Joel Molitor, Sam Rubenzer
Sherwin-Williams: Taylor Haley, Mark Henderson, Brian Seipert, Tim Vlach, Mary Wolf, Derek Young
SuperValu: Brian Audette, Teresa Cooan, Nori Haverstock, Dru Jorgensen, Rob Hoefer, Susan Mayberry
TEKsystems: Jackie Bovee, Autumn Drane, Dana Geisert, Hattie Kane, Russ Orning, Lisa Vashkelis
Thomson Reuters: Dan Aberg, Stacy Jacobson, Dan Karel, Rachel Laing, Lisa Lessard, Scott Morgan, Andrei Sivanich, Jelena Tarbuk, Melissa Wexler
Tom James: Rachel Barber, Brian Hopkins, Kay Kacheroski, Darrell Pavelka, Rob Ringeisen, Scott Weaver
UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff: Joe Bonner, Ashley Brott, Dawna Drum, Bob Erffmeyer, Craig Ernst, LaNette Flunker, Jessica Gardner, Nancy Hanson-Rasmussen, Diane Hoadley, Bill Hoepner, Gretchen Hutterli, Bonnie Krahn, Robert Sutton, Scott Swanson, Chuck Tomkovick, Tim Vaughan, Karla Wald, Jeri Weiser, Meredith Wolf, Rebecca Wyland
UW-Eau Claire students: Britney Albrecht, Matthew Austinson, Gretchen Bachmeier, Jessica Barnier, Shari Berg, Conrad Bergeron, Kacie Besser, Stella Site Chen, Drew Christensen, Sade Cook, Bre Dakins, Kirstyn Fesenmaier, George Hayducsko, Megan Hetrick, Anthony Ipekci, Jeff Jaeger, Greg Jagemann, Jordan Jenkins, Brian Johnson, Yuexin Kuang, Ben Lee, Zachary Loch, Ryan Matchey, Stephanie Moran, Laura Olson, Joo Pang, Jason Peters, Ryan Pulvermacher, Ryan Pyfferoen, Krista Raaf, Brian Ritter, Davy Sumner, Ka Vang
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