KSU Student Wins National Sales Competition

Rhonda Fleming‚ a sales major at Kennesaw State University‚ was named Overall…

Georgia (Mar 29, 2004) — KSU Student Wins National Sales Competition

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Rhonda Fleming‚ a sales major at Kennesaw State University‚ was named Overall Individual Champion at the 2004 National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC). The award was given on March 20‚ the final day of the competition. In addition‚ Fleming and fellow KSU student Heather Reimer finished second in the team competition.

The NCSC is the nation’s only competition where college students compete on the basis of sales skills. Teams from 32 universities in the U.S. and Mexico participated in the three−day event hosted by the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State.

Discretely placed video cameras taped students making one−on−one sales calls to volunteers. Judges from leading corporations watched the sales calls projected on a screen in a lecture hall.

“It was an incredible experience‚” Fleming says of the competition. “I'm still flying high.” Fleming‚ a native of Nashville‚ Tennessee‚ now lives in Atlanta. She is currently employed at HQ Global Workplaces in Kennesaw.

“This year’s competition was great‚ and many of the corporate sponsors used the event as an opportunity to recruit potential job candidates‚” says NCSC founder and KSU professor Terry Loe‚ Ph.D.

Liberty Mutual was the lead sponsor this year. Mike Wilson‚ a KSU sales graduate‚ obtained his current position as a first year representative at Liberty Mutual as a result of his work with the NCSC. “It was especially gratifying to see students who participated in previous years return as representatives of their new employers‚” Loe says.

KSU is one of only a handful of universities offering a major in sales.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 17‚400 from 127 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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