Ivy Sales Forum

The Ivy Sales Forum is a collaboration between academia and industry. The Ivy Sales Forum strives to advance the growth and effectiveness of professional sales and works along with its corporate partners to provide sales certificate students with relevant experiential learning opportunities.

Corporate Partners. Pella, Vermeer, Athene, Holmes Murphy, Nationwide, and Trinity Logistics. Corporate Members. GreatAmerica Financial Services, Kingland, HON, CED, CIRAS, LightEdge, Co-op Solutions, and Kent Corporation.

Interested in becoming a member? Contact Raj Agnihotri to learn about our different opportunities.

Meet the Ivy Sales Advisory Board

The Ivy sales advisory board provides advice and counsel to the Ivy sales forum consistent with the aims of Ivy, including guidance on academic strategies, student mentoring, apportionment of resources, identifying potential new members, and other activities aiming to strengthen a world-class sales program.

Mark Core

Mark Core
Ivy Sales Advisory Board, Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Vermeer Corp


Annette D. Bravard
Ivy Sales Advisory Board, Past Chair
Senior Vice President of Sales,
Pella Corp


John Balsmeier
Vice President of Internal Sales,


Jeremy Staun
Vice President, Sales
and Distribution, Nationwide


Kari Cooling
Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Brokerage Services–Iowa/Shareholder, Holmes Murphy


Jared Auten
Vice President of Iowa
Regional Service Center,
Trinity Logistics


John Anderson
Central Industrial Division Manager, Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED)


Lindsay Bohon
Vice President, Corporate Sales Operations,

GreatAmerica Financial Services


Alex Olson
Executive Vice President,
Strategy and Business Development,
Kingland Systems


CJ Osborn
Project Manager, CIRAS,
Iowa State University


Ryan Talley
Director, Client Business Executive,
Co-op Solutions


Thomas (Tommy) Castle
Director of Sales,


Aaron Timm
Senior Merchandising Manager,
State and Local, Healthcare,


Brian Herbel
Financial Advisor,
Edward Jones

David Tagliatela

David Tagliatela
Vice President of Sales,
Kent Pet Group

Kenny Kyle

Kenneth Kyle
Vice President of Education & Campus Collaboration,
TMC Transportation and Logistics

Ivy Sales Innovation Summit

The Ivy Sales Innovation Summit is a collaboration between the Ivy College of Business Sales Program and Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS).

Designed for leaders that are seeking best practices in sales, this event features established sales leaders from Iowa companies, nationally recognized Iowa State faculty, and keynote speakers.

Participants will learn:

  • practical and strategic approaches for selling
  • leading-edge scholarly research findings
  • best practices on managing sales talent
  • capabilities required for sales in times of crisis

Read about the inaugural 2022 Ivy Sales Innovation Summit.

Ivy Sales Innovation Summit - 2022
Ivy Sales Innovation Summit 2022