Elevator Pitch 2016 Returns to Alumni Auditorium on March 1

Finalists in the 2016 Elevator Pitch

Every year Champlain College's Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz) Program, Career Collaborative, the Center for Service & Civic Engagement, and the Office of Advancement collaborate to present the annual Elevator Pitch Competition. The contest requires participating students to give their 90-second pitch to an executive as they ride together in a fictional elevator.  There are three categories of competition:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Job/Internship seekers
  • Non-profit/Social advocates.

Since 2007, the Elevator Pitch has provided students with the opportunity to learn and practice their communication, business, and entrepreneurial skills in a simulated environment.

The 2016 Finals will be held Tuesday, March 1 beginning at 8 p.m. in Champlain's Alumni Auditorium on March 1. The event is free and open to the public. The audience will also have a say in choosing the People's Choice winner. 

This year's Champlain College student competitors are: 


  • Zhomart Dairov
  • Roland Garofolo
  • Aaron Millet
  • Evan Nudd
  • Augie Stevens
  • Anthony Vultaggio

Social Advocates/Non Profit

  • Everett Ackerman
  • Bekemeh Airewele
  • Shaniah Bartlett
  • Morandah Garrett
  • Joshua Miller
  • Trisha Sanchez

Job/Internship Seekers

  • Monica Birchmore
  • Nancy Champagne
  • Katelyn Michell
  • Ryan Shelley
  • Bernie Smigel
  • Melissa "Spencer" Walden

The 2016 Judging Panel includes: 

  • Amy Mailloux - KeyBank
  • Coddy Marx - Heritage Automotive
  • Hal Colston - Good News Garage
  • Chris Kirkpatrick 03' - Life180
  • Russ Scully 99' - WND&WVS, The Spot & Scully Interactive
  • Mike Boardman - Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group
  • Laura Huffman 05' - commando 

Learn more about the Elevator Pitch 

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.