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Four UW-Eau Claire Marketing Majors to Move on to National Collegiate Sales Competition

RELEASED: Dec. 16, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Four University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students were named finalists in the UW-Eau Claire Sales Competition and will receive an all expense paid trip to the 8th annual National Collegiate Sales Competition on March 17-18 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Senior Katie Anderson, Oakdale, Minn., senior Brandon Hall, Wausau, senior John Kyriagis, Plymouth, Minn., and senior Lindsey Zastrow, Green Bay, were selected after participating in the sales competition on campus. All of the students are marketing majors.

For the campus competition the students presented their 20-minute sales presentation for a software package which they then "sold" to a faculty "buyer." Students were then judged by sales professionals and faculty members.

The UW-Eau Claire Sales Competition enabled students to enhance their selling skills and receive feedback from industry sales people, said LaNette Flunker, senior lecturer in marketing and management.

Zastrow said that this competition will help her in the future by giving her additional confidence in her marketing skills.

"Any field I enter into after graduation is bound to have a sales aspect to it, whether it is selling myself during an interview or selling an actual product to a buyer," Zastrow said. "This experience has helped me to…build the confidence I need to accomplish my goals."

Kyriagis said the experience was rewarding but also stressful.

"It was tough to add the extra preparation on top of my existing coursework, but working with sales professionals as well as my peers was a great experience," Kyriagis said.

The UW-Eau Claire Sales Competition served as a precursor to the national competition where the students will give their 20 minute sales presentations to experienced buyers who represent some of the most desirable companies in the country.

For the next three months before the national competition Anderson, Hall, Kyriagis and Zastrow will hone their sales presentations after receiving advice from coaches, most of whom were judges in the campus competition. Faculty members will then select two students to compete in the event while the other two will serve as student coaches.

Hall said that preparation for the national competition includes meeting on a weekly basis to receive continued feedback.

"All of the members will be meeting on Friday afternoons to fine tune the presentations," Hall said. "Before the national competition we will be preparing for the second competition that determines which two will compete at the national level."

Flunker said that she is excited to be working with these students because they are highly talented and motivated individuals. She also expects high placement in the national competition.

"As a team we have placed in the top seven in the nation in the past two years," Flunker said. "I am optimistic that this group of competitors has a great chance of meeting or exceeding our previous placement."

For more information about the competition, contact Flunker, at (715) 836-2088 or flunkelm@uwec.edu.

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