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Ryan Brumfield

(BS, Business, '21) 

Meet Ryan Brumfield, one of our amazing Standout Students! Ryan is in charge of the Seufferlein Sales Program's Corporate Relations and will lead our esteemed team of ambassadors this year. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Marketing, and is on track to graduate with his professional sales certificate in May 2021.

Ryan has an impressive resume having accomplished so much at Chico State. Ryan was the SSP "Rookie of the Year" in 2017-18, kicking off his success within our program. In 2018, Ryan took 3rd place at the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition and the AT&T B2B National Sales Competition. In 2019, Ryan kicked it up a notch: he took 1st place at the AT&T B2B National Sales Competition as well as our very own Sweet 16 Sales Challenge. Just this past year, Ryan led a team of AMA (American Marketing Association) members at the AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. There, Ryan won 2nd place at the AMA International Collegiate Conference Sales Competition and 4th place as AMA USCA 2020 Sales Student of the Year. 

Through my time in the Seufferlein Sales Program, I’ve been able to learn best in class sales skills from amazing professors, practice in a role-play environment, compete against other universities in national competitions, and apply these experiences to two summer sales internships (one being virtual). One of my favorite aspects of the SSP is getting to interact with our Corporate Partners, who take an active role in recruiting students for high-quality sales careers after college. During my Senior year, I am excited to participate in classes, workshops, and competitions that have all been skillfully pivoted to a virtual format. As I look ahead to graduation and entering the workforce, I have zero doubts that I will be able to make an immediate impact thanks to the outstanding education I received from Chico State and the Seufferlein Sales Program.” -Ryan Brumfield, speaking about his time in the SSP.

Mattea Bertain

Mattea Bertain

(BS, Business, '21) 

Meet Mattea Bertain, our second amazing Standout Student! Mattea serves as the Seufferlein Sales Program's Marketing Specialist and will also represent the SSP as a Sales Ambassador this year. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Marketing, and is on track to graduate one year early with her professional sales certificate in May 2021.

Mattea has been an extremely involved student within the College of Business since she was a freshman. She has membership in the Association for Women in Business as well as the American Marketing Association. She recently had the opportunity to represent AMA in New Orleans at the International Collegiate Conference in March of 2020, and will be serving as AMA Chico's Director of Communications for the 2020-21 school year. Mattea is also serving as the student-elected Senator for the College of Business for the 2020-21 school year and is excited to connect COB students with opportunities to suit their passions. Mattea is always happy to hear from fellow COB and SSP students, club members, and anyone with questions about programs she is involved in, so don't be a stranger!

“I was nervous to join the SSP because I wasn't experienced in Sales and had barely started my Marketing classes; when I finally pushed past the nerves and joined, what I found was an incredibly supportive and welcoming environment, and I wished I would've joined sooner. We as SSP staff are here to help students become the professionals they want to be by curating a comprehensive certificate program, one that we have continued to tailor specifically for the upcoming year's distance learning requirement. Speaking as a student in the SSP rather than a staff member, I can say that my resume is beautiful thanks to all the professional development I have experienced from the program! I can also speak to the amazing confidence that I've gained from the professional development, too, both as a student and as a businesswoman. I'm looking forward to welcoming all of the new SSP members into our family this year and reconnecting with current members as we all navigate the school year. We have lots in store!" -Mattea Bertain, speaking about her experience as an SSP student and staff.

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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 

Ryan Brumfield
Corporate Relations Specialist 

Mattea Bertain
Marketing Specialist 

Lindsey Alford
Digital Marketing Specialist

Emma Ritchie
Marketing Assistant

Mitchell Lung
Corporate Relations Assistant

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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 16/Apr 14 | How to Excel pt. 1

Feb 23/Apr 21 | How to Excel pt. 2

Mar 5/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


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