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October 24, 2019

K-State Sales Team places in the top at Tri-State Challenge

Submitted by Dana Parker

K-State Sales Team

The Kansas State University Sales Team competed in the Tri-State Challenge hosted by the Challenger Sales Institute Oct. 10-11 in Oklahoma City. The competition hosted 67 competitors from four schools in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. It featured both a role-play scenario and a speed selling event.  

The K-State Sales Team had 10 students compete in the competition: Chandler Lamm, senior in professional strategic selling, Derby; Paige Molstad, senior in kinesiology, Ellis; Quin Napier, freshman in business administration, Fairway; Matthew Porter, freshman in business administration, Manhattan; Piper Coen, senior in agribusiness, and Zach Hoeven, junior in professional strategic selling, both from Olathe; Colton Williams, freshman in business administration, Osage City; Landen King, junior in professional strategic selling, Overland Park; Jake Sells, junior in mass communications, Seneca; and Remmie Monahan, junior in entrepreneurship, Omaha, Nebraska.

Brett White, a senior in professional strategic selling, Overland Park, also prepared and traveled with the group as a student coach. 

Sales competitions allow students to test their selling skills against their peers from other top sales schools. Six students placed in the competition. In the speed selling event, Monahan placed first, Williams placed second and King placed third. In the role-play scenarios, Molstad placed second, Coen placed third and Sells placed fourth.  

"I'm extremely proud of their efforts in preparing for this competition," said Kellie Jackson, managing director of the National Strategic Selling Institute. "For most of the students it was their first time competing at an external sales competition. I look forward to their continued success at future events."

The K-State Sales Team is in the College of Business Administration’s National Strategic Selling Institute, which has been named one of the top sales programs in the country for eight straight years by the Sales Education Foundation. The team consists of students who are enrolled in the certificate or major in professional strategic selling. Last fall, K-State became just the 19th university in the U.S. to offer a major in professional strategic selling. Students can also earn a certificate in professional strategic selling, which is open to all majors at the university. The professional strategic selling program introduces students to the fundamentals of sales and through the innovative curriculum and sales labs allows students to develop the skills needed to be successful.

The K-State Sales Team will be competing in several competitions throughout the school year across the country. For more information on the National Strategic Selling Institute or the K-State Sales Team, please contact kstatesalesprogram@k-state.edu

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