She just knows how to sell

Rush City Girl Scout Troop 54039 member Jordan Goodman sold over 1,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year.  Photo by Derrick Knutson

Rush City Girl Scout Troop 54039 member Jordan Goodman sold over 1,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year.
Photo by Derrick Knutson

Jordan Goodman doesn’t have to think very long when someone asks her what her favorite part of being a Girl Scout is—she promptly responds, “Selling cookies.”

Jordan, 10, a member of Rush City Girl Scout Troop 54039, is pretty good at her favorite scouting activity.

She sold over 1,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year.

Jackie Kastner, a public relations intern for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, said Jordan is “among the elite sellers in the country.”

Jordan’s parents, Amy and Josh, said they’ll drive Jordan wherever she wants to go to sell, but she’s the one responsible for talking to people and making the sales.

“We’ve been complimented by several people that she’s the one out selling them,” Amy said. “They think it’s wonderful, because most of the time it’s the parents (selling the cookies).”

Josh added, “We’re just there to make sure she gives out the right change, that’s all. Other than that, it’s all her.”

Amy said Jordan’s selling success might just be part of her genes.

Her grandfather, Scott Heilig, is the district sales manager for Dairyland Seed.

Selling secret

Jordan initially said she didn’t want to reveal her selling secret, but she shared it after some prompting by her mom.

Amy asked her, “If they say they don’t want any cookies, what do you ask them?”

Jordan responded, “Then I ask them if they’d like to donate a box to their local food shelf.”

Last year, Amy said Jordan collected over six cases of Girl Scout cookies to donate to food shelves in Rush City and Cambridge.

A future in sales? 

Amy described Jordan as “very outgoing,” and said she already has a job offer from someone she met selling cookies.

“She’s been offered a pizza job,” Amy said with a laugh. “We go into different places and we met a guy who owned a pizza restaurant. He asked Jordan, ‘Can you come work for me and sell like you’re selling now?’ He was very impressed.”

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