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Students 'Warm-Up' for sales at national competition

A warm welcome to the students, coaches and judges visiting the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the 9th Annual Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up, October 22-24. This year's competition showcases the talents of more than 65 "hot" marketing and sales students from 22 universities located in 13 states from across the United States.

Students will deliver two different 20-minute sales presentations for Skippy P.B. Bites®, a new snack product launched by Hormel Foods Corporation in September 2015. View sales scenario.

A panel of sales managers from sponsoring companies will evaluate students on all elements of the sales call. The best overall salesperson will receive $1,500, a trophy, and a custom suit from Tom James valued at $1,000. Cash prizes and trophies also will be given to the 1st runner-up ($1,000), second runner-up ($750), and school champions ($150).

A schedule of events can be found at

Our thanks to Hormel Foods and SUPERVALU, platinum sponsors of the competition, and our other corporate sponsors. A complete list of sponsors can be found at

The Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up is a national collegiate competition hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Center for Sales & Sales Management in the Department of Management & Marketing. For more information about The Warm-Up, contact Dr. Bob Erffmeyer, director, or Jerry Kollross, assistant director. 

2015 Competitors and Coaches


Aurora University, Aurora, IL
Shawn Green, faculty coach

  • Sean Bergan
  • Brad Kigyos 
  • Max Sampson

ball state

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Stacey Schetzsle, faculty coach

  • Danielle Guitard
  • Dakota Koetter
  • Nicole Murdoch


Baylor University, Waco, TX
Andrea Dixon, faculty coach

  • Christine Coxon
  • Lauren DePizzol
  • Forrest Frank

bowling green

Bowling Green State, Bowling Green, OH
Christine Seiler, faculty coach

  • Zachary Jordan
  • Angela Lucarelli
  • Jessica Miller


Elon University, Elon, NC
Erin Gillespie, faculty coach

  • Sharin Gerstenberger
  • Kelley Hill
  • Teresa Kuhns
  • Alternate: Jack Hardy

florida state

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Bill McHugh, faculty coach

  • Cecilia Breland
  • Kaley McNulty
  • John Paprocki
  • Chase Wilson


Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Dawn Deeter, faculty coach
David Lehman, faculty coach

  • Ashleigh Bunker
  • Daniel Burger
  • Lars Hanson
  • Alternate: Racya Doyle


Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Carl Herrick, faculty coach

  • Nicholas Chatelain
  • Danielle Martin
  • Andrew Seeger

north dakota state

North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Mike Krush, faculty coach

  • Rochelle Bitz
  • Erin Donner
  • Colin Hertz


Ohio University, Athens, OH
Allie Stalter, faculty coach
Jess Ogilvie, faculty coach

  • David Baxter
  • Pete Folz
  • Lawrence Nwajei

plymouth state

Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Robert Nadeau, faculty coach

  • Cameron Colby
  • Robin Monaco
  • Erik Strom

st. cloud state

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
David Titus, faculty coach

  • Grant Johnson
  • Zach Van Pelt


The University of Texas-Dallas, Dallas, TX
Howard Dover, faculty coach
Katherine Reagan, student coach

  • Faye Francisco
  • Kathryn McCord
  • Tiffany Pham


University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
Bob Kaiser, faculty coach

  • Barrett Heasley
  • Paul Henry
  • Ryan Loghry


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
John Cox, faculty coach
Dan Peterson, faculty coach

  • Madison Greenwell
  • Thomas Smith
  • Kristen Sutcliffe
  • Alternate: Sam Bores


University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Tony Krystofik, faculty coach

  • Bobby Sheehan
  • Anthony Vaglica
  • Mark Vula
  • Alternate: Amy Skoba


UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
Jerry Kollross, faculty coach

  • Derek Baker
  • Sean MacDougall
  • Cory Plinck
  • Alternate: Brock Offerdahl


UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
Susan Whitewater, faculty coach
Stacy Trisler, faculty coach
Breanne Berger, student coach
Stephanie Streicher, student coach

  • Jackie Jorgensen
  • Kyle Madaus
  • Kayla Peterson
  • Alternate: Lindsey Burger
  • Alternate: Jared Karnes


UW-Parkside, Kenosha, WI
James McPhaul, faculty coach
Anh Nguyen, student coach

  • Jason Blumenfeld
  • Ashley Ellsworth
  • Sean Roche


UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Jessica Gardner, faculty coach

  • Vincent Escudero
  • Cierra Steiner
  • Matt Wieczorek
  • Alternate: Sam Bray


UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Jimmy Peltier, faculty coach

  • Glynis Albue
  • Henry Bernhagen
  • Spencer Stellmacher
  • Alternate: Mitchell Ditlefsen
  • Alternate: Alex Howland
  • Alternate: Cole Maier
  • Alternate: Mathew VanZeeland


Winona State University, Winona, MN
Marianne Collins, faculty coach

  • Robert Allen
  • Garrett Lieffring
  • John Kopydlowski