BUFFALO—Springville-Griffith Institute grad Krista Anderson threw out the first pitch at the June 2 Buffalo Bisons baseball game at Coca-Cola Field.
The 2010 S-GI graduate won the honor through a contest with her employer, Ingram Micro. The global technology company buys bulk product from vendors to resell, according to Anderson.
After spending about two years at the company’s customer service division, Anderson moved to sales in January. In a contest sponsored by Axiom Corp., Anderson says she accrued about $74,000 in sales to win the contest by having the most sales in the month of May and earned the right to throw-out the first pitch.
In addition to Axiom representatives, Anderson’s whole public sector sales team from Ingram Micro of about 40 was on hand, as was her father, who also resides in Springville.
Anderson admitted that she really didn’t know what to expect.
“I was thinking it was the actual first pitch to kick-off the game, but it was a more ceremonial thing where you throw the ball to the mascot,”she said. “So I was a little bit nervous beforehand, but it turned out to be really fun. They actually let my dad onto the field so that was really cool.”
It appears Anderson brought the team some luck as the Bisons beat Charlotte 9-2 in the team’s only win of a three-consecutive-game series against Charlotte.
Although Ingram Micro is headquartered in Irvine, Ca. several thousand are employed at its Buffalo branch off Wehrle Drive The global technology giant serves as a distributor of technology.