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Jacob Koller

Jacob Koller

Moulding and Millwork

Sales/Market Manager

Personal Information

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School: Michigan State University

Major: Advertising

Years at College Works: 2004 to 2007

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Moulding and Millwork

Title: Sales/Market Manager

Industry: Construction

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Sales Manager of M&M Midwest Division covering 7 states. Responsible for all Midwest distribution sales and manage with direct reports from TM's and inside sales reps.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Taking control of the sales for one of the largest, fastest growing branches in our company.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP helped me build a strong skill set needed in a competitive environment, and more importantly find my voice as as a leader.

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

The most important thing was that it showed an ability to be a sound decision maker.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Mr. Murgando. Thanks for making the sale tough. You were a great story to tell in an interview.

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

Are you someone that asks for permission or someone that asks for forgiveness? That question will tell you a lot about someone.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

Some of the greatest people I have met were in the program and will be long time friends and potential business partners forever.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Setting yourself apart.

Advice

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

The competition you will see after getting out of school is changing. Candidates for major positions are walking into interviews with a proven track record of the skills they have acquired outside of the classroom. The investment in yourself now is critical to your long term success.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Speak to people in the field you are going into and find out what type of things they were asked in interviews. See what the employers say is important. Lastly, decision making skills is not field specific, it critical to your success if you want to move forward in life.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

MEXICO

Last words of wisdom

Don't try it... Do it.

Jacob Koller