College students from 20 schools located throughout the United States competed for cash prizes and the title of top salesperson at the 11th Annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, October 19-21, 2017. The event was held on the UW-Eau Claire campus.
The title of Top Sales Person went to Caleb Meyers, a junior finance and marketing student from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received a 1,500, a trophy, and a custom suit from Tom James valued at $1,000. He was coached by Semira Amirpour.
Brittany Mercadante, a senior professional sales marketing student from Florida State University, was named First Runner Up. She received $1,000 and a trophy. She was coached by Trevor Allen.
2nd Runner Up was Katelyn Wondolkowski, a senior professional sales marketing major from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Wondolkowski received $750 and a trophy. She was coached by Jimmy Peltier.
Meyers, Mercandante and Wondolkowski also received a Kindle from Mohawk Industries.
The Warm-Up wishes to thank all our other sponsors for supporting this year's events. Special thanks to this year's sales case writer, Alixx Braun from Hormel. We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of the corporate, university and community volunteers who gave their time and talents to make this event a success. See list below.
The 12th Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up will be held October 18-20, 2018. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Erffmeyer, director, UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up or visit the competition's website at www.uwecsaleswarmup.com.
2017 Competitors & Coaches and Volunteers
Competitors & Coaches
The highest scoring individual from each participating school, excluding the top overall winners, was named "school champion." Their names are listed in bold below. School champions received a trophy and a $150 cash prize
- Aurora University: Shawn Green, faculty coach. Competitors: Lauren Anderson, Michael Burke, Julia Busco
- Baylor University: Andrea Dixon, faculty coach. Taylor Dixon, assistant coach. Competitors: Paris Cabrera, Susan Sullivan, Samantha Weare
- Elon University: Erin Gillespie, faculty coach. Caroline McGranahan, student coach. Competitors: Sarah Chadwell, Josh Ellsworth, Emily Freirich
- Florida State University: Trevor Allen, coach. Competitors: Delilah Allen, Brennan Melser, Brittany Mercadante
- Kansas State University: Dawn Deeter, faculty coach. Competitors: Hannah Holland, Abby O'Grady, Nathan Power
- Louisiana State University: Greg Accardo, faculty coach. Competitors: Lindsey Humphrey, Lauren Olivier, Conner Stampley
- North Dakota State University: Somnath Banerjee, faculty coach. Competitors: Ben Asper, Drew Bade, Ashley Stoppleworth
- Northern Illinois University: Chuck Howlett, faculty coach. Competitors: Melissa Limon, Camilla Svensson, Alex Wilkinson
- Ohio University: Jess Ogilvie, faculty coach. Competitors: Austin Anderson, Lizzi Jones, Brady O'Brien
- Plymouth State University: Bob Nadeau, faculty coach. Tom Galanes, student coach. Competitors: William Carroll, Paul Chareth, Morgan Scott
- University of Texas at Dallas: Semira Amirpour, faculty coach. Rebecca Moran, student coach. Competitors: Devin Gillitzer, Samuel Goetsch, Mirra Gutman, Caleb Meyers
- University of Central Oklahoma: Jeri Lynn Jones, faculty coach. Grant Aguirre, faculty coach. Competitors: Savannah Letter, Kolsen Mclaughlin, Kaylee Raether
- University of Cincinnati: John Cox, faculty coach. Nick Thomas, faculty coach. Competitors: Monica Crossley, Austin Frey, Nick Gusching, Brianne King, Jackson Young
- University of Dayton: Tony Krystofik, faculty coach. Competitors: Nick Barrett, Pat Cvengros, Billy Gorman, Meaghan Horey
- University of Minnesota: Roy Gaddey, faculty coach. Competitors: Carston Erickson, Christopher Rulau, Jack Zabel
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Jessica Gardner, faculty coach. Jenna Williamson, student coach. Competitors: Brooke Boegli, Jake Johnson, Lindsey Marano, Hailey Schultze
- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Stacy Trisler, faculty coach. Competitors: Alyssa Dickmann, Ian Gaertner, Josh Joski, Michael Kurth, Anna Ostrowski
- University of Wisconsin-Parkside: James McPhaul, faculty coach. Competitors: Mohammed Ahmed, Enrique Azuaje Muller, Amy Schuster
- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Jimmy Peltier, faculty coach. Competitors: Nicole Alt, Kristin Dallman, Kelly Deschner, Samuel Gobert, Therese Merkel, Brianna Oelke, Alec Roehrig, Jordan Walczak, Abby Williams, Katelyn Wondolkowski
- Winona State University: Marianne Collins, faculty coach. Competitors: Asher Albee, Daniel Beckman, Eric Stumpf.
UWEC Faculty/Staff: Faith Bogstad, Kran Dugar, Bob Erffmeyer, Mary Girnau, Bill Hoepner, Gretchen Hutterli, Kate Kim, Jerry Kollross, Bonnie Krahn, Kevin Meinholz, David Nesvacil, Md Rokonuzzaman, Scott Swanson, Tim Vaughan, Jeri Weiser, Tiffany Weiss
UWEC Graduate Students: Juliana Burzynski, Abigail Dreps, Britta Gutschenritter, Leah Soik, Erin Wright
UWEC Undergraduate Students: Jake Audorf, Shelby Beaers, Amanda Bower, Tanner Budz, Daniel Burger, Andrew Burt, Natalie Clark, Luke Daniels, Katie Dietlin, Hannah Erffmeyer, Dane Forster, Jordan Fredricks, Brett Geurts, Ryan Gingell, Katie Helgeson, Miles Hendrickson, Kevin Henslin, Cullen Johnson, Drew Johnson, Christian Kittleson, Carter Koleske, Alissa Larson, Kayla Lobermeier, Justin Mack, Tyler McGill, Kevin Miller, Brock Offerdahl, Maddie Ouelletti, Lee Peterson, Ciara Rivera, Jack Sabota, Austin Samsa, Matt Schrupp, Chris Shibiliski, Jeacy Teal, Victor Tran, Cooper VandeWalle, Christina Zaine
Corporate Buyers, Judges, Career Fair Representatives
- Actuant Corporation: Keith Kubitschek, Tyler Olson, Lynne Wallis
- Aflac: Samantha Breuer, Katie Gunderson, Casey Higgins, Zachary Johnson, Mathew Matarrese, Mike Pederson, Brett Rettenmund
- Ascentis: Michelle Hanson, Dalton Lingbeck, Troy Thibodeau, Joe Vangsgard
- BMO Harris: Dawn Marson, Shaunna Mueggenberg
- CDW: Jared Bazzell, Thea Cassia, Melanie Parker
- Ferguson: Ben Cejka, Casey Loudermilk, Liz McLeod, Lauren Sinz
- Gartner: Morgan Beal, Jared Hoffmann, Sawyer Fumelle, Liza Stenz, Mitch Wilson
- Graybar: Diane Cady, Tony Frantal, Kyle Hoffmann, John Kahne, Sean Macdougall, Tammi Mahlstedt, Erik Olsen, Ellen Rebne, Jeff Steely
- Henry Schein: Blaine Atwater, Ashley Wojcinski, Enzo Milano, Derek Baker
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise: Robbin Falcone, Toya Green, Rich Shutt, Kristen Sutcliffe
- Hilti: Meghan Clisch, Ryan Cole, Elaina Hodges, Jack Filipiak, Jake Holterman
- Hormel: Ashley Anzalone, Tim Bortner, Allix Braun, Jenessa Davidson, Sarah Eastling, Ashley Krautkramer, David Lenling, Emily Mason, Gerald Meux Jr., Kurt Mueller, Tom Parsons, Jen Dao, Sam Weikum
- igus Inc.: Kayla Abbate, Joseph Ciringione, Kevin Lang, Spencer Stellmacher
- Inland Packaging: Shawna Dale, Evan Hoffman, Kelly Laufenberg, Doug Zalewski
- Lennox Industries Inc.: Laura Edney, Kyle Kibar, Brettany Payne, Mike Prusha, Nathan Vander Zanden
- Liberty Mutual Insurance: Adam Bamford, Melaney Barba, Ella Ford, Jerry Foy, Tim McChrystal, Jacquitta Pool
- Mohawk Industries: Brad Wofford, Rick Tollefson, Michael Kavros, Leez Byers
- North American Plastics: Kris Bowser, Michael Dale, Hanna Schulzetenberg, Ryan Sorensen, Mark Steele, John Szot, Kris Walker
- Paycom: Aaron Askew, Rob Holbrook, Nick Larson, Claire McCormack, Taylor McKenzie, Matt Miley, Liz Verkuilen
- Renaissance: Mariette Booth, Wendy Haske, Heidi Okreglicki, Sarah Terry
- SAS: Leslie Eckmeder, Patty Hager, Phil Tetreault, Lindsay Whitfield
- Siteimprove: Rachel Brummer, Sarah Thiewes
- Sovos: Jessica Eckard, Josh Johnson, Travis Shepard, Evan Waldera, Nick Willkom
- SPS Commerce: Allie Davich, Cal Labatt, Mike Lippert, Zach Machacek, Peter Moosbrugger, Kimber Young
- Staples Business Advantage: Luke Elfering, Kirsten Ellzey, Kyle Madaus, Matt Meibauer, Kayla Peterson, Stephanie Restivo, Jenna Slaughter
- SUPERVALU: Brian Audette, Abby Engelhart, Scott Gillette, Steve Olawsky, Nadine Parris, Paul Poliachik, Janet Shevik, Aaron Underwood
- TEKsystems: Whitney Abbott, Mia Lichte, Megan Skinner, Erica Quinnies, Lindsey Vitrano
- The Sherwin Williams Company: Cathy Catino, Nate Henry, Kyle Hinners, Dan Licht, Matthias Mulder, Nick Sawicky, Ali Solheim, Derek Young
- Tom James Company: Nick Badilla, Jared Jaquish, Kay Kacheroski, Sophia Montana