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Yurish, Verkuilen and LeBahn named top finalists

Brittany LeBahn, Liz Verkuilen, and Abby Yurish were the three top finalists at the 14th Annual Blugold Sales Challenge, held September 25-26 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The 2015 competition was supported by a gift from Northwestern Mutual.

The Blugold Sales Challenge is designed to expose UW-Eau Claire students to a sales competition and give them professional feedback on their selling skills. Rank in the competition determines student participation in the UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up and other sales competitions held around the country during the 2015-16 academic year.

Verkuilen and Yurish will travel to New Jersey in November to compete for UW-Eau Claire at the Wm. Paterson University Russ Berrie National Sales Challenge. This will be the third major competition for both women who attended the Florida State International Competition and the National Collegiate Sales Competition last year as alternates.

LeBahn, a new comer on the Blugold Sales Team, will represent UW-Eau Claire at the Florida State University International Collegiate Sales Competition, Nov. 4-7.

The Blugold Sales Challenge is hosted by the Center for Sales and Sales Management in the Department of Management and Marketing. For more information about the event, contact Jerry Kollross, assistant director and UW-Eau Claire sales team coach.


14th Annual Blugold Sales Challenge Results

All names are listed in alphabetical order

Top Three Blugold Finalists

  • Brittany LeBahn, a kinesiology major from Chanhassen, MN.
  • Liz Verkuilen, a professional sales major from Neenah, WI.
  • Abby Yurish, a marketing major from Hatley, WI.

UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm Up, Oct. 22-24

Warm-Up Sales Team

  • Competitors: Derek Baker, a management major from Nekoosa, WI; Sean MacDougall, a business administration major from Janesville, WI; Cory Plinck, a professional sales major from Burnsville, MN.
  • Alternate: Brock Offerdahl, a marketing major from Cottage Grove, WI.

Florida State U International Collegiate Sales Competition, Nov. 4-7

FSU Sales Team

  • Competitors: Max Adams, a professional sales major from Green Bay, WI; Brittany LeBahn, a kinesiology major from Chanhassen, MN.
  • Alternates: Alex Krasne, a professional sales major from Marshfield, WI; Hunter Marshall, a finance major from Hixton, WI.

Wm. Paterson U Russ Berrie National Sales Challenge, Nov. 18-20

New Jersey Sales Team

  • Competitors: Liz Verkuilen, a professional sales major from Neenah, WI;  Abby Yurish, a marketing major from Hatley, WI.
  • Alternates: Joseph Schreiner, a professional sales major from Glenbeulah, WI; Jared Sweeney, a professional sales major from La Crescent, MN. ·