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Grad Offered Sales Position with Cleveland Indians

Spring/Summer 2013

Tiffin University 2013 graduate Ashley Madison, Oak Harbor, Ohio, accepted a job offer with the Cleveland Indians sales team after proving her abilities during a university sanctioned partnership.

TU’s School of Business partnered with the Cleveland Indians baseball team in a mentoring program designed to improve students’ sales skills, gain real world experience, and increase their networking opportunities.

Madison competed both individually, and as a group with her partner Hayley Coppola, to sell tickets for the April 13-14 Indians’ home stand against their rival Chicago White Sox.

Being the top sales person, Ashley received game tickets, shadow experience, scoreboard recognition, and obviously a successful interview with the Indians HR Department.

According to Professor Bonnie Tiell, more than 70 Marketing and Sport Management students in four classes were mentored this spring on the Cleveland Indians sales team.

In February, students were offered a one-hour basic sales training seminar. The seminar was followed by an onsite visit by TU students and faculty to Cleveland’s Progressive Field. The sales training took place in one of the executive suites overlooking home plate.

“Ashley now joins the growing list of graduates who are working in the professional sports industry. Currently, TU business students are employed in the front offices of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Eagles, and Indianapolis Colts, to name a few,” Tiell said.

“I’m speechless,” said Ashley. “This is a dream come true for me! I’m excited to put my education and experience to work.”