KENT STATE SALES TEAM FINISHES IN TOP TEN AT THE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGIATE SALES COMPETITION
The Kent State Sales Team finished in the top 10 among competing universities at the 2020 International Collegiate Sales Competition, held virtually this year. This is the nation’s only sales competition dedicated to non-seniors and Kent State teams have placed in the top 10 at this competition since its inception in 2016.
Students Sophia Stevenson and James Burg, both marketing majors, competed and advanced to the second and final rounds, respectfully. This was each student's first appearance at this event and both became finalists among 160 other student sales competitors.
This was Kent State’s fifth appearance at this invitation-only event. This year's team was coached by Senior Lecturer Don Thacker and Associate Lecturer Ellen Daniels who prepared students for the demanding three-day event. The Sales Case team placed second to the overall winner, providing creative insights into a sales management problem that they had to solve within 24 hours. The Kent State team placed ninth out of 80 universities representing states across the country.
“Our students have shown once again that they are winners, despite the hurdles they faced in preparing for these events. I know that I speak for Kelly and Don when I say it is a privilege and a pleasure to work with our students,” said Ellen Daniels, Pi Sigma Epsilon advisor in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
The fall 2020 semester has been marked with success by the Kent State Sales Team, with the team also becoming semi-finalists at the recent PSE Regional Pro/Am Conference in October where they were coached by Lecturer Kelly Knapp Blay.