Local Boy Scout tops the sales charts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/25/09

Local Boy Scout tops the sales charts

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America honored 7th grader Jonathan Beck with a trophy almost as tall as he is. He sold more than $22,000 worth of popcorn for the Boy Scouts annual fundraiser, more than any other scout in the country.

Business to business and door to door with letters and phone calls and one box at a time, Jonathan Beck sold enough popcorn to fill a tractor trailer. That's more than $22,000 worth of popcorn to support his Boy Scout troop.

Jonathan sold more than the rest of his troop combined, which organizers say is quite a feat when the average scout sells about $250 of popcorn. "I put in quite a bit of time. I'd come in after school and just kind of call everybody, write the letters," said Beck. 

"Jonathan won't take no for an answer, but he does it in a very calm way and he's very accommodating to people. He has a high credibility factor and he just continues to ask," said Chuck Smith who organizes sales for the troop. 

Even Jonathan didn't realize how much popcorn he'd sold until he found out he earned the title of top seller in the country. He has this advice for future salesmen like himself, "Persevere, and if someone says no, just keep moving on and just give it your best the whole time."

Jonathan also received scholarships and prizes for his popcorn sales success.

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