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An Athlete's Take on the SSP

“One of the best experiences of my life aside from being a student athlete. It’s given me more than I could have imagined. One of the best decisions by far I’ve made.”

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Meet Makaela Keeve! Makaela is a current SSP student pursuing her Professional Sales, Analytical Leadership, and Communicative Leadership Certificates while also competing in sales competitions like the Sweet 16 Sales Challenge, California State University Sales Competition, and Arizona Collegiate Sales Competition. Makaela also plays on the Chico State volleyball team and has been a part of the #wildcatfam since her freshman year. She has seamlessly blended her sports life and professional life, and we are excited to share a little bit more about her today.

Makaela has always been competitive, and it’s what drew her to Chico State to play sports---when Professor Tim Heinze spoke about the Seufferlein Sales Program, she saw it as the perfect way for her to demonstrate her competitive spirit in a business setting. She believes that healthy competition is important both within sports, and in the sales environment. Makaela spoke about how many athletes are happy with sports being their main priorities at school, but that she believes it’s possible to develop a more well-rounded identity at Chico State. She believes that it is important for student athletes to create opportunities for themselves outside of sports. She accomplished this by joining the Seufferlein Sales Program per Dr. Heinze’s recommendation.

When asked about her favorite memories in the program, Makaela was quick to answer. “Beating Tom’s team,” was her answer; Tom Villa is our Executive Director and is notorious for constantly encouraging healthy competition (AKA talking a lot of smack), so when Makaela had the chance to join one of the two Chico State teams competing in the California State University Sales Competition, she was quick to accept. She joined the team coached by our very own Ryan Brumfield, while Tom coached the other team. In the end, Makaela’s team came out on top, and she is glad to remind Tom of his defeat every time she sees him. This speaks directly to the comradery and competitive spirit within our program.

Overall, Makaela has valued her time in our program. She continues to emphasize that she feels far more prepared to adventure out into the professional world not only with the skills that the SSP has provided her, but also with the connections she has gained; she spoke fondly of being able to go to class and recognize her peers from the program as well as communicate professionally with corporate partners.

Student athletes contain different characteristics than normal individuals; they are competitive and proficient at time management, which carries directly over into other areas of life. Student athletes can translate these valuable skills into other areas of their lives, like the Seufferlein Sales Program. Seufferlein Sales Program students are excellent communicators and great at prioritization, which can also carry over into other areas of their lives, such as sports. Our program prepares students for networking which is something that everyone will do, and opens you up to career opportunities while learning to market yourself.

Makaela, we are so proud to have you in our program. You are an incredible SSP student and athlete!

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Letter from the Executive Director

"We will not miss a beat being virtual this semester, and as a matter of fact, I honestly believe that our students will receive even more marketable sales skills due to the virtual nature of our course delivery." Read the letter from the director.


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Glenn Hall Room 206

Thomas Villa
Executive Director
tpvilla@csuchico.edu 
916-223-2171 

Ryan Brumfield
Corporate Relations Specialist
rbrumfield2@csuchico.edu 

Mattea Bertain
Marketing Specialist
mbertain@csuchico.edu 

Lindsey Alford
Digital Marketing Specialist
lalford@csuchico.edu

Emma Ritchie
Marketing Assistant
eritchie@csuchico.edu

Mitchell Lung
Corporate Relations Assistant
malung@csuchico.edu

Alexandra Pomatto
Digital Marketing Assistant
arpomatto@csuchico.edu

Ashley Hamano
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
ahamano@csuchico.edu


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Please email completed applications to tpvilla@csuchico.eduFor assistance filling out your application, please email tpvilla@csuchico.edu or visit our office hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9AM-12PM.


Spring 2021 Events (all events will be hosted virtually)

Calendar of Events

Feb 24/Mar 23 | Applying Samurai Wisdom to Selling Workshops

May 12 | Emotional Intelligence

Feb 18/Apr 14 | How to Excel pt. 1

Feb 25/Apr 21 | How to Excel pt. 2

Mar 12/Apr 16 | Sales Success: The Gender Key

Feb 11/Mar 24 | SSP Graduate Survival Guide

Oct 21/Nov 4 | High Performance Habits Workshops

Feb 17 | Resume Workshop

Feb 19-20 | ASU Competition

Mar 10 | Chico State Sales Invitational

Mar 17-19 | FIU Bilingual Sales Competition

Apr 1-2 | Western States Collegiate Sales Competition

Apr 15-17 | Pacific Northwest Collegiate Sales Competition


Quicklinks


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