Kent State Pi Sigma Epsilon Team Places First in Marketing Case Competition

JACKSONVILLE, Florida - The Kent State chapter of professional marketing and sales fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) placed first in the Marketing Case Competition at the PSE National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.


Team members included Megan Merrick, Austin Stinson, Heather Hines, Amber Noble and Mari’ssa McKinney.


“The PSE National Convention offers a variety of marketing and sales competitions and our students performed extremely well against intense competition from 46 universities,” said Ellen Daniels, Pi Sigma Epsilon advisor and associate lecturer in the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department. “Employers at the career fair were very impressed with the professionalism and demeanor of our students, which illustrates the quality education they are receiving. We are extremely proud of the teams’ achievements.”


The Kent State team’s case analysis and presentation were rated best among 20 universities. More than 400 students from 46 universities attended the week-long conference where Kent State was a finalist in four events. 


In addition to winning the Marketing Case Competition, the chapter placed fourth overall in the Top Gold Achievement Award category over 12 other chapters that qualified. To qualify, chapters must earn points for activities, fundraising, philanthropy, recruitment and management. There are 56 PSE chapters nationally.


“Kent State business students have had an outstanding year, placing among the top teams at a number of international and national sales competitions,” said Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration. “This is a testament to the hard work of our faculty members who help students prepare for these events both in and out of the classroom.”


Kent State College of Business Administration

Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.


The Kent State College of Business Administration ranks as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by Princeton Review. The College is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


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POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 3:33pm