Sales Advisory Council

Board members advise faculty on current issues in professional selling, assist in developing a plan for expanding employer partnerships, provide feedback on student preparation, and guide the design of employer outreach programs, as well as support student sales career education programming.

Council Chair

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  • John Smith

    Tom James Company

Council Members

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  • Tim Austin

    Group Management Services

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  • Chris Bernard


    Professional Activities and Memberships:

    • eMarketing Association
    • Ad Age
    • Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO)
    • American Advertising Federation (AAF)

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  • Heather Doyle


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  • John Flynn


  • Frank Foley, a member of the sales advisory council.
  • Frank Foley

    District Manager

    Professional Activities and Memberships:

    • University of Akron Fisher Corporate Partner
    • Kent State College of Business Administration Career Services Board Member

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  • Randall J. Keller

    Financial Advisor/Growth and Development Director
    Northwestern Mutual Financial Services

    Professional Activities and Memberships:

    • Helping clients achieve financial security
    • Involved in charitable giving (5 different organizations)

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  • Bruce W. Lockhart

    Vice President
    Dawson Insurance

    Professional Activities and Memberships:

    • National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP)NASBP)
    • Construction Employers Association (CEA)

  • Tara Seese
  • Tara Seese



    Tara Seese is a 2009 graduate from Kent State University. She has held various sales positions at Aerotek and ADP. Tara worked at Aerotek as an Account Manager for 6 years providing staffing and recruiting services for manufacturing companies in Northeast Ohio.

  • James Wenger
  • Jim Wenger

    Executive Vice President
    Roundtable Learning

    Professional Activities and Memberships:

    • 010 SME Cleveland Distinguished Sales and Marketing Honoree


    A 1990 Graduate of Kent State University, Jim has spent 26 years building a leadership legacy while guiding leading technology organizations through transition and growth. A natural leader, Jim has consistently driven business development teams to new levels. Through a unique mix of experience and education, Jim motivates and empowers his teams to effectively communicate the value of solutions driven approach, and the growth opportunities that ensue.

    Jim is an integral cog in the wheel that makes up extraordinary corporate cultures. His high-energy and positive outlooks are infectious, making every workplace a place where people want to be. His genuine passion for problem-solving gets to the root of client needs, helping to build the best possible solutions. With a “customer-first” mindset, he believes in building custom strategies by building relationships.

    Jim is currently the Executive Vice President at Roundtable Learning, with Park Place Technologies, Dell and OnX Enterprise Solutions rounding out his professional resume.