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Keiser, Pischer, and Sipe named top Blugold Sales Challenge finalists

 Kelsey Keiser, Koral Pischer and Eric Sipe were the three top finalists at the 13th Annual Blugold Sales Challenge, held September 26–27, 2014 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The event was sponsored by Northwestern Mutual. » Learn more

Kelsey Keiser, a professional sales marketing major from Prairie Du Sac, WI, will represent UW-Eau Claire and defend her national title at the 2014 Florida State University International Collegiate Sales Competition. Last year, she placed 1st at this event. Keiser ended the 2013–14 competition season on an all time high by placing 4th at the 2014 National Collegiate Sales Competition.

Koral Pischer, a professional sales marketing major from Pestigo, WI, will also represent UW-Eau Claire at the 2014 Florida State Competition. Pischer previously attended the event as an alternate. She competed at the 2013 UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up where she was the highest scoring individual on the UW-Eau Claire team. Pischer kept improving her sales skills throughout the season. The result: she placed 3rd at the 2014 National Collegiate Sales Competition.

Eric Sipe, a marketing major from Eagan, MN, will represent UW-Eau Claire at the 2014 William Paterson University Russ Berrie National Sales Challenge in Wayne, NJ. This will be Sipe's second major sales competition as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Sales Team. Previously, he competed at the 2013 Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up.

The Blugold Sales Challenge is designed to expose students to a sales competition and give them professional feedback on their selling skills. Rank in the competition determined student participation in the UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up and other sales competitions held around the country during the 2014-15 academic year.

"Northwestern Mutual judges were so impressed with the amount of time and the commitment students put into preparing for the competition," said Jordan Hauke, director of Selection for The Bohannon Group. "More than anything though, it is impressive to see so many students want to grow and push beyond their comfort zone."

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.

13th Annual Blugold Sales Challenge Results

All names are listed in alphabetical order

Top Three Blugold Finalists
  • Kelsey Keiser, a professional sales marketing major from Prairie Du Sac, WI
  • Koral Pischer, a professional sales marketing major from Peshtigo, WI
  • Eric Sipe, a marketing major from Eagan, MN

2014 UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm Up, Oct. 23–25

Competitors: Jared Jaquish, a professional sales marketing major from Chippewa Falls, WI; Kaci Mueller, a marketing major from Eau Claire, WI; Scott Mundt, a business administration major from Eau Claire, WI.

Alternate: Stephanie Weltzien, a professional sales marketing major from Burlington, WI.

2014 Florida State U International Collegiate Sales Competition, Nov. 6–9

Competitors: Kelsey Keiser, a professional sale marketing major from Prairie Du Sac, WI; Koral Pischer, a professional sales marketing major from Pestigo, WI.

Alternates: Liz Verkuilen, a marketing major from Neenah, W; Abby Yurish, a marketing major from Hatley, WI.

2014 Wm. Paterson U Russ Berrie National Sales Challenge, Nov. 19–21

Competitors: Brandi Bawek, a professional sales marketing major from Arcadia, WI; Eric Sipe, a marketing major from Eagan, MN.

Alternates: Scott D. Carlson, a marketing major from Plymouth, MN;  Jacob Meeks, a professional sales marketing major from Wausau, WI