Meet the Retailer: Claire Young

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by Claire Young


Good afternoon, Readers! My name is Claire Young. Most of you I have not had the opportunity to meet and that is because I am the newest addition to VGM Retail! I am very excited to be the new marketing intern here at VGM and to have a chance to work alongside Rob, Maria and Staci.

I started at VGM around late March and now have been fully integrated into everything VGM Retail because it is FINALLY summer! Whoohoo! My current job entails handling social media for three retail businesses that VGM Retail represents, making effective marketing plans for these separate business entities and the VGM Retail Department, implementing our VGM Retail Blog, creating promotional graphics, providing research on marketing trends, demographics etc. and other various clerical work.

Currently, I am a senior at The University of Northern Iowa studying Marketing: Sales Management. Originally, I am from the Des Moines Area; Clive, Iowa specifically. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have 2 wonderful parents, 3 great siblings and 2 very active doggies. Born and raised an Iowa Hawkeye, it came as a surprise to my family when I chose to attend The University of Northern Iowa.

Despite my love for Northern Iowa’s competitor, I have grown to love UNI just as much. This is because of the education I have received and my campus involvements. On campus, I am highly active in both the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Pi Sigma Epsilon, a Marketing and Sales Fraternity. For those organizations I have held a few positions like Assistant Public Relations and have been involved on numerous projects.  In addition, I have had work experience as an office assistant at UNI, experience in the restaurant industry and retail industry. To this day, it amazes me how fast these four years in college are flying by! Like any senior in college, I am looking forward to graduation. I am very thankful for my opportunities thus far, and I am excited for the ones to come after my time at UNI.

To conclude, I would like to invite you to our sessions at the Heartland Conference! Below are a list of sessions we will be leading. Also, don’t forget to visit us at the Retail Training Lab during the conference! Have a great week!

Here’s our Schedule:

Monday (9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Pre-Conference Session: Achieving Retail Success

Lead by: Rob Baumhover, Staci Langel and Maria Markusen

Tuesday (9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) Starting a Store from Scratch: An All-Cash Store Case Study

Lead by: Rob Baumhover, Staci Langel and Maria Markusen

Wednesday ( 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) Inventory Management: Digging Deep to Fill Inventory Holes

Lead by: Rob Baumhover and Maria Markusen

Thursday (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) How HMEs Can Capture and Monetize the Sickness to Wellness Trend

Lead by: Beth Cox Hollingsworth and Maria Markusen

Thursday (3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) Marketing Strategies: Re- invent, Re- energize, Re- engage

Lead by: Staci Langel and Maria Markusen