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7 Taking on a CHALLENGE Polly (Vander Linden) Schau is always up for a challenge, even if she wasn’t looking for one. Polly, a native of Ashton, IA, is a 1991 graduate of Marketing Management at Northwest Iowa Community College. After graduating from NCC, Polly began working in Human Resources at Van Wyk, Inc. in Sheldon, IA. In 1993, she accepted a position in Human Resources at Wells Enterprises, Inc. and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources through Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. Polly valued the work she did in Human Resources, and she prospered in the work environment at Wells. She truly enjoyed working with the wide variety of people and the ever changing dynamics within the industry. She was perfectly content in her position. And then an opportunity came her way. One day Polly was approached by the Senior Vice President of Retail Sales to consider moving into the sales side of the business. At first, Polly was intrigued and flattered but had very little interest. “I could think of dozens of reasons not to take the job, and I had talked myself out of even considering it.” However, the Senior Vice President of Retail Sales wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. After a few weeks of thought, she accepted the job, and is so happy and grateful she did. For the last nine years, Polly has been immersed in the sales department at Wells Enterprises, Inc. as a Senior Business Development Manager. Polly really enjoys interacting with people nationwide and getting to travel to different parts of the United States. She also loves the challenges that come in sales. She now works with multi-million dollar accounts in an industry which is synonymous with fun. “Who doesn’t love ice cream,” says Polly. “Life is too short not to do something you love,” shared Polly. “But as much as you may love your current situation, never be afraid to try something new when an opportunity comes your way.” Polly credits NCC with laying the foundation for her career endeavors. “Not only was NCC cost effective and close to home, it truly laid a great foundation for my careers in Human Resources and Sales.” She vividly remembers classes with Ron Plum, Business instructor, and she has been able to apply the knowledge she gained in her coursework at NCC at every step of her ever-evolving career. Polly Schau Class of ’91 Senior Business Development Manager Wells Enterprises, Inc. Life is too short not to do something you love. Polly’s Success is Our Story


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