Beavers in the Big Easy Bemidji State University's student chapter of the American Marketing Association attends national convention in New Orleans.

Bemidji State University's student chapter of the American Marketing Association attended the AMA International Collegiate Conference, April 4-8 in New Orleans.

BSU students attending the conference were, left to right, senior business administration majors Nolan Brey from St. Cloud, Minn., Kallie Hoplin from Champlin, Minn., and Tess Heyer from Owatonna, Minn., Galen Hlavsa, a senior political science and business administration major from Bemidji, and Jared Johnson, a junior marketing communication major from Anoka, Minn.

Nolan Brey, Jared Johnson and Galen Hlavsa (pictured above, left to right) were among more than 1,500 students from around the world in attendance at the conference.

Tess Heyer and Nolan Brey participated in the conference's Marketing Strategy competition and the other three in its Perfect Pitch competition. All five members also participated in roundtable discussions with marketing professionals.

Jared Johnson said his favorite experiences from the conference were connecting with the next genertion of marketers from all over the world, meeting other dedicated marketing students and hearing from inspiring speakers share stories of their own journeys through the marketing profession.

"The conference was such a benefit for me because I created friendships with so many students and a few professionals that will last a long time,” he said.

Dr. Angie Kovarik, assistant professor of business administration (back row, far left) and Dr. Gabriel Warren, assistant professor of business administration (back row, far right) also were on the trip.

Kovarik and Warren served as judges for the conference's Annual Report, Marketing Strategy and ABC Sales competitions.

“Because of this experience we have all grown and learned together and it was amazing," Kallie Hoplin (far left) said. "The four others in this photo have been great mentors and role models. I have looked up to each of them since the day I met them."

AMA is one of the world's largest professional organizations and currently has more than 20,000 professional members and more than 11,000 student members.

“It was fun learning from other students at the conference," Hoplin said. "They face similar challenges that we do on our campus which made it easy to relate to them. We met a lot of great students that are willing to help us out since we are newly affiliated with AMA. We were able to exchange contact information and I look forward to being in contact with those schools.”

Top Right: "I think it captures the spirit of the trip pretty well," Nolan Brey said. (left to right: Jared Johnson, Galen Hlasva, & Nolan Brey) Top Left: The group waiting for their flight to New Orleans from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Bottom: Jared Johnson represented BSU in the conference's Parade of Chapters.

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