The Texas State team at the National College Sales Competition.
Brittany Fiedler, a graduate student at Texas State, was named as the Overall Champion of the Graduate Division of the 2009 National College Sales Competition (NCSC).
The competition, held at Kennnesaw State University in Atlanta from Feb. 26-28, featured more than 100 students from across the country. The competition involved a 20-minute role play, which tested the students’ selling skills in a one-on-one call challenge with a corporate executive. Students sold the fictional product NetSuite, a customer relationship management software system for small to mid-sized companies.
The sales pitch was broadcast live to judges, who were composed of corporate sponsors looking for new talent.
“Lauren (Peterson) and I talked about competing against each other in the championship round before we even got to Atlanta,” Fiedler said. “It was more of a joke, but when it actually happened we were so excited! Go Texas State!”
Second place went to another Texas State grad student, Lauren Peterson.
Said Peterson, “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. It was amazing to see our team’s hard work come to fruition, and know that all of our preparation for this competition will be used in our future careers.”
Texas State undergraduate Ben Campbell advanced as far as the semi-finals, and was happy with the team’s effort.
“The NCSC allowed our students to interact with top level corporate executives,” Campbell said. “Plus, our team bonded together after working four months to take our skills to the highest level of performance.”
The rest of the team was composed of undergraduates Brett Georgulis and Nicki Chandler, and graduate student Rian Beaudoin.
“The NCSC was helpful because students see the possibilities of career choices,” said team coach and marketing professor Vicki West. “It helps them develop and refine their sales skills, and it also keeps professors on the cutting edge of their industry.”
The NCSC is in its twelfth year, attracting strong collegiate sales programs from across the country. Sponsors for the event included Liberty Mutual, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, First Data and Standard Register.Email | Print