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Aaron Merges

Aaron Merges

Arthrex

Orthopedic Sales Consultant

Personal Information

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School: Penn State University

Major: Kinesiology

Years at College Works: 2007 to 2008

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Arthrex

Title: Orthopedic Sales Consultant

Industry: Medical

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Sell specialty surgical implants and instruments to orthopedic surgeons in the operating room. My focus is on total joint replacement surgeries and sports medicine. I spend about 90% of my week in the operating room.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

I was one of the youngest reps in the DFW area to have my own sales territory. Since that time, I've been able to work with many high profile surgeons including the Dallas Cowboys team doctor to expand our business and learn many things about orthopedic surgery.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

The CWP experience taught me about myself and helped me rediscover my entrepreneurial drive for financial freedom.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

It taught me the basics of the sales cycle and allowed me to apply that to a highly competing career in medical device sales. After graduation, I was selected for the Zimmer sales academy and was 1 of 15 chosen across the country for the program. Now I am leading a team and converting new business in the Dallas market.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

The greatest lesson I learned at CWP was the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and taking pride in what you do.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Pay attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture. The skills and concepts you learn can be applied in almost any enterprise.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Getting spayed by the sprayer the first time we ever used it at training.

Last words of wisdom

You will make mistakes. Making mistakes is ok! The key is to do this after you make a mistake: 1. Reflect 2. Correct it 3. Learn from it! If you aren't making mistakes you are too comfortable and not trying hard enough.

Aaron Merges