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AMA Chapter to Host Regional Conference, Staples Advantage Sponsors Sales Competition

Ferris State University
Three Ferris State University graduates were hired this past June as part of Staples Advantage’s pilot apprentice program in the Denver, Colo. area. The Ferris alumni are Mark Wiley, Kody Norwood and Brandon Mattison, standing second, third and fourth respectively from the right.

Ferris State University’s American Marketing Association chapter will host business students from five Midwestern states for a Regional Conference Oct. 8 and 9.

AMA collegiate chapters from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin will take part in the conference, which begins Thursday evening, Oct. 8 in Ferris’ Interdisciplinary Resource Center.

Adjunct professor of Marketing Chet Trybus said Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of the office supplies giant is a participating sponsor in the conference. That involvement will include a presentation at the IRC and a marketing sales competition on Friday, Oct. 9 in the University Center.

“Xerox sponsored our initial competition, last year, and we had 19 participants,” Trybus said. “Students will compete for gift cards of $500, $300 or $100 for first, second and third place, respectively.”

Staples Advantage will bring eight executives from their Denver, Colo. area corporate offices to judge the competition. Trybus said that this is the first time that Staples Advantage has participated in a sales competition at any university in the U.S.

“I think these competitions are a great awakening for these students,” Trybus said. “It’s a bit of a nervous opportunity, a little knee shaking, but participants know they can do it.”

AMA Ferris members continue their conference schedule at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Oct. 15 and 16, and regional events are followed by the AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, La., in March 2016. Trybus said these events help students make contacts for internships and full-time positions.

Staples Advantage is familiar with the qualities of Ferris’ College of Business students, as Trybus said recent graduates were hired for the companies’ pilot apprentice program in Colorado.

“We were proud to have three students make that group,” Trybus said.

The business supply sales field is competitive and demanding, but Trybus said the chance to be successful financially and professionally early in their career is of interest to many Marketing students.

“Big players in the market will take them through months of training,” Trybus said. “I always suggest that students look for companies that offer great training, and then go for it.”

Last updated: 09-30-2015