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Joan Ballweg

Joan Ballweg
Vice President of Sales
Uniek Inc.

805 Uniek Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597


Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Marketing

Joan Ballweg is the VP of Sales at Uniek Inc. located in Waunakee, Wis. Uniek is a Home Décor company that manufactures and imports home décor products which we sell to retailers, some of our key accounts include Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohls, and Office Depot. Joan has been with Uniek for 22 years and has played an integral part in the growth of the company. Her career at Uniek started in 1994 as a Sales Manager for the Canadian Market. She was successful in landing the Walmart Canada account which has grown to $9Million in sales today. Promoted to Director of Sales in 2000 and responsible for all Walmart Sales including US and International. Significant sales growth with Walmart resulted in a promotion to VP of Sales in 2008. Prior to working at Uniek, Joan spent 6 years in France where she perfected her French and worked for the European Council, upon returning to the United States, she worked in Marketing in the agricultural industry then returned to UW Madison to obtain a degree in International Marketing.

Are you outgoing; do you like being where the action is? If you said yes, then maybe sales is a career for you. Joan Ballweg discovered the excitement in selling while she was working as an Administrative Assistant in Sales and Marketing. That’s when she decided to return to UW Madison to get a degree in International Marketing which led to an exciting sales career for a home décor company selling product all over the globe. Joan shares her experience to help young people understand the opportunities that are available in the world of sales. (Running Time 23:40)