Talk about one of the greatest job interviews ever… and HOW did I miss this?
For Wear in the World Adventure2, Adidas Golf partnered with Yahoo! Hotjobs to open up a search for two candidates who would participate in a mono y mono showdown that would take them to nine countries on three continents spanning 50 days for a 360-hole playoff.
After more than 1.1 million searches, truckloads of resumes and many difficult decisions, adidas has selected the two applicants who will participate.
Steven Olsen from Green Bay, WI
Steven Olsen was born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has a background in marketing, public relations and social media trends having worked as an account coordinator at marketing agency. Steven caddied for 10 years and won the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship and received a four-year full tuition and housing scholarship to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Steven has played golf since he was two years old and has a six handicap. Like all cheese heads, Steven is an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Steven said that he has never traveled outside North America and is looking forward to experiencing new cultures through the adidas Golf Wear in the World adventure.
Chris Dukeminier from Portland, OR
Chris Dukeminier, is a true Oregonian through and through. He was born and raised in Eugene and currently lives in Portland. Chris recently graduated from the University of Oregon where he double majored in Business Administration and Economics. Shortly after, he received his Masters of Business Administration from Oregon. Dukeminier has experience in marketing, public relations and digital advertising. Chris was a member of the Oregon golf team which explains his 1-handicap. Outside of work and golf, Chris also enjoys football and wakeboarding. According to Chris, the adidas Golf Wear in the World interview is a unique opportunity to step out of his box and challenge himself. He admits that he doesn’t know what to expect, but says he welcomes the competition and will not lose due to lack of effort.
Harry Arnett, VP of brand and marketing for adidas Golf said “After reviewing Steven and Chris’ submission videos, writing samples and one-on-one interviews, the choice became clear that they were the best candidates based on their creativity, unique talents, abilities and most importantly, love for the game of golf. We are excited for them to embark on what promises to be one of the best experiences of their lives.”
The adventure began June 15th at the TaylorMade-adidas Golf headquarters in Carlsbad, CA where the two combatants began their training and picked up their armament consisting of TaylorMade and adidas Golf equipment, apparel and footwear.
The official start to the 50-day global interview is June 25th (also my wife’s birthday) and their first stop is Herzogenaurach Germany.
June 26 – Germany
July 5 – Norway J
July 10 – Scotland
July 16 – Dubai, UAE
July 21 – Thailand
July 26 – South Korea
July 31 – Japan
August 5 – Canada
August 10 – Oregon
In addition to dueling on the links, for Wear in the World, these two brave souls are also tasked with creating compelling content through blogging, twitter, Facebook, youtube and other social media channels.
Let me reiterate… Wear in the World was I during this interview process!? This is definitely an opportunity of a lifetime, travel the world on adidas & TaylorMade’s dime to play golf and do what I do already?!