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October 22, 2008 - Image 35

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The Michigan Daily, 2008-10-22

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Chris Cook
POSITION: Retail Business
Shippensburg University,
2002; MS, Organizational
Leadership, Cabrini College,
200/ i HEN CHRIS COOK was
WHAT I'VE LEARNED TODAY: in college, he'd spend
Once you have a loyal
customer whom you treat Christmas vacation
with care, you'll have them working in the mall. A chance
for life. meeting with a Campbell recruiter
one afternoon got him thinking
that the iconic company might be a good fit for him. He kept
in touch with her, and when an opportunity to apply for a
position arose, she called to let him know. At first, Cook was
taken aback by her kindness. But as he now knows, that's just
the kind of place Campbell is.
You must have been looking forward to starting the job. Would
you say it met your expectations? Absolutely. I'm extremely
proud to work for this company. When I wake up every day, I
know I'll be representing an icon-and I'm selling that icon to
stores. I've learned so much here: from merchandising, to fact-
based selling, to gaining distribution, to grassroots marketing.
Did anything surprise you? I was surprised with the amount of
value that Campbell places on their field sales reps. At the last
company I worked for, I felt like the senior managers didn't
put enough resources into their sales force. But at Campbell,
you can sense that what we're doing every day, at every level,
is highly regarded and that the senior leadership at Campbell
strongly believes in what we're doing.

Do you have a favorite part of your job? The selling! I love being
out in front of customers every day. I love meeting new people
and selling Campbell products and helping customers any way
I can. That's the most fun for me: helping my customers grow
business and make money.
What's something about Campbell that only people who work
there would know? The passion surrounding the Campbell
brand. It's like nothing I've ever experienced. The way people
feel about Campbell, about what the red and white stands for,
it's something you wouldn't understand unless you came to
work here. I have teammates that have been around for 40
years, and they're just so proud to work here. You'd never know
it unless you saw it firsthand.
Describe Campbell in three words: Passionate, iconic, diverse.
Do you have any parting advice for students who want to work
there? The biggest thing for me is that you really do feel like a
part of a family when you join this company. There aren't a lot
of companies out there that can give you the things Campbell
has given me-opportunities to increase my education and
knowledge, give back to the community, achieve merit awards.
For anyone coming out of college, I'd say: "Take a look here."
There are opportunities for all majors, all across the country.


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