What will you gain as a marketing or entrepreneurship student? Hear from alumni who took part in our sales, marketing and entrepreneurship classes and learn how they used their experience to build successful careers. 


"Choosing to major in Entrepreneurship at Kent State was a life changer. All of the professors have real world experience and prepare you for life after graduation. Whether you want to start your own business or help an existing business grow, this program will set you up for success."

Stephen Smole
Account Executive - Roundtable Learning
BBA Entrepreneurship '19

"I love to hire Kent State sales students because I know that they are dedicated and hardworking. As a former Golden Flash, I understand the preparation and dedication the professors and advisors put into each student to prepare them for their careers. When I bring on a student from Kent State, specifically in sales, I know they are going to be a great addition to our team. What the faculty does for the students in the College of Business is unmatched and it makes the students better prepared for their post graduate careers than most.”  

Rachel Higgins
Executive Director of Recruitment & Development
Northwestern Mutual, Canton District
KSU Alumna, '13





Tim Austin"Kent State University made a profound impact on my life while I attended. As an alum, it has been a phenomenal pleasure to be a part of the Sales Program since its inception. I have gained both personally and professionally from this involvement. The impact, knowledge, and skillset this program is giving to the students in the world of Professional Sales are assets these students will be able to utilize for the rest of their lives. I have been able to experience these skillsets, as I have personally hired 10+ students who have participated in the Kent State University Sales Program." 

Tim Austin
Vice President - North American Sales
Park Place Technologies
Chair - KSU Sales Advisory Board
BBA Business Management '94

"The Entrepreneurship program at Kent State is really outstanding because of how hands-on the classes are. I would’ve never been so confident in my abilities to run a business in the ‘real world’ without it!” 

Madeleine McBride
Social Media Influencer
BBA Entrepreneurship '21

"A degree in entrepreneurship was extremely important to my success. It taught me how to be a savvy generalist in business, which allowed me to work across our entire organization rather than in a particular silo. The salesmanship, public speaking, and problem solving skills I learned as an entrepreneurship major were, and still are, critical to my success."


Mike Pekala
Director of Sales - Skopenow
BBA Entrepreneurship '12