A national collegiate sales competition showcasing the talents of "hot" Sales and Marketing students

UW-Eau Claire Center for Sales & Sales Management
UW-Eau Claire College of Business
UW-Eau Claire

First Annual Sales Competition Set for November, 49 Participants Registered

Posted: October 24th, 2007

November marks the inaugural Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up set for the 15 - 17. Eight schools from around the midwest are registered, including 12 students from the College of Business. This year's schools include:

  • Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
  • The College of St. Catherine (St. Paul, MN)
  • Minnesota State University Mankato (Mankato, MN)
  • Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, MO)
  • St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN)
  • University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA)
  • University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI)
  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)

The UW-Eau Claire Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up is a regional sales competition for Midwestern collegiate marketing students. The purpose of the event is to help students warm-up their selling skills, network with sales professionals and recruiters, and meet other students who share their interest in sales.

The event is modeled after the after the National Collegiate Sales Competition, an exciting event held every spring at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia. By scheduling the Great Northwoods Warm-Up in the fall, students can warm-up for the Kennesaw State event in March.

All contestants at the Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up will deliver two, 20-minute sales presentations (one for a Hormel product, the other for a Cintas service--these are our competition's major sponsors) to an individual buyer. Sales calls will be evaluated by a panel of sales professionals who will view presentations via cablecast at a remote location. Students will receive their evaluations sheets, a CD of their presentations and a half hour debriefing session with one of the sales professionals who evaluated their performance.

In addition to the sales presentations, a job fair and professional development workshops are scheduled during the Warm-Up. All registered students will have the opportunity to submit their resumes for inclusion in a resume booklet which will be distributed to the sponsoring organizations. Sponsors will have informational tables and be available to meet with students on Friday and Saturday of the competition.

Other events being planned include a Thursday night reception, a Friday night dinner sponsored by Liberty Mutual and the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Comedy Club featuring C. Willi Myles and a Saturday night awards banquet.

Judges for the event will be from corporate sponsors. Major sponsors the competition are Hormel Foods and Cintas. Other sponsors include:

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Larson Companies Hotel Group
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
  • M&I Bank
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Silver Spring Gardens, Inc.
  • SuperValu
  • The Mohawk Group

Cash prizes will be awarded for individual and team efforts with $1,500 going to Best Sales Person and a $1,000 scholarship and trophy to the college with the highest average score.

 

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2011

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2010

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2009

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Results & Photos

2018

Overall Champion
Abbie O'Grady, Kansas State University

First Runner-Up
Ethan Alexander, Louisiana State University

Second Runner-Up
Justin Lentz, Florida State University

VIEW 2018 PHOTO GALLERY

2017

Overall Champion
Caleb Meyers, The University of Texas at Dallas

First Runner-Up
Brittany Mercadante, Florida State University

Second Runner-Up
Katelyn Wondolkowski, UW-Whitewater

VIEW 2017 PHOTO GALLERY

2016

Overall Champion
Hailey Dudley, Florida State University

First Runner-Up
Cameron Allen, The University of Texas at Dallas

Second Runner-Up
Stephanie Mueller, UW-Whitewater

VIEW 2016 PHOTO GALLERY

2015

Overall Champion
Derek Baker, UW-Eau Claire

First Runner-Up
Kristen Sutcliffe, University of Cincinnati

Second Runner-Up
Jessica Miller, Bowling Green State University

VIEW 2015 PHOTO GALLERY

2014

Overall Champion
Erin Robason, Baylor University

First Runner-Up
Shakori Fletcher, Elon University

Second Runner-Up
Scott Mundt, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

VIEW 2014 PHOTO GALLERY

2013

Overall Champion
Oscar Velasquez, Baylor University

First Runner-Up
Emily Jardine, Kansas State University

Second Runner-Up
Andrew Richards, North Dakota State University

VIEW 2013 PHOTO GALLERY

2012

Overall Champion
Cameron Walther, UW-Eau Claire

First Runner-Up
Melissa Erickson, UW-Eau Claire

Second Runner-Up
Alecia Hitchman, Bowling Green State University

VIEW 2012 PHOTO GALLERY

2011

Overall Champion
Monica Bohl, UW-La Crosse

First Runner-Up
Spencer Anderson, Baylor University

Second Runner-Up
Joseph Turek, Illinois State University

VIEW 2011 PHOTO GALLERY

2010

Overall Champion
Alyssa Anttila, UW-Stout

First Runner-Up
Jack Pendergast, UW-Stout

Second Runner-Up
Emily Moe, UW-Stout

VIEW 2010 PHOTO GALLERY

2009

Overall Champion
Amy Lytle, Bemidji State

First Runner-Up
Robyn McBrady, Bemidji State

Second Runner-Up
Colin Forst, University of Northern Iowa

VIEW 2009 PHOTO GALLERY

2008

Overall Champion
Amy Lytle, Bemidji State

First Runner-Up
Sarah Windlan, Ball State University

Second Runner-Up
Katie Wenzel, Minnesota State University-Mankato

VIEW 2008 PHOTO GALLERY

2007

Overall Champion
Heather Maul, UW-Eau Claire

First Runner-Up
Garrett Ullom, UW-Eau Claire

Second Runner-Up
Jenna Weber, UW-Eau Claire

VIEW 2007 PHOTO GALLERY

The names of the top three finalists as well as the individual school champions will be posted on the Great Northwoods Sales Warm-Up website the week following the event.

Team photos and photos of individual students are available free to competing universities for their use. Photos will be posted on the UW-Eau Claire College of Business Flickr site. Please use the following photo citation: Image courtesy of UW-Eau Claire.