Kennesaw State Wins Top Honors at National Sales Competition

Kennesaw State is the winner of three top awards at the 2005 National Collegiate Sales Competition…

Georgia (Mar 22, 2005) — Kennesaw State Wins Top Honors at National Sales Competition

Terri Thornton


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Kennesaw State is the winner of three top awards at the 2005 National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC)‚ hosted by the Coles College of Business‚ March 18−19. Toni Stephens is the overall champion‚ marking Kennesaw State’s second consecutive win. Megan Walter is the first place winner of the product category. Stephens and Walter’s outstanding performances also earned the first place team award.

“The best part of the competition was being able to take what I have learned from the Coles College faculty in my selling classes and actually apply it. All of the hard work offered rewards greater than just a grade‚ including the recognition I received and the honor I had in representing Kennesaw State‚” said Stephens.

The NCSC is the only competition that brings the top sales students in North America together with prominent figures of the business world. The competition gives professionals from sponsoring companies the exclusive opportunity to scout for the next top players in sales. During the competition‚ 69 students from 35 universities showcased their skills in one−on−one sales presentation role−plays. Corporate sponsors‚ who have contributed more than half a million dollars to the event since 1999‚ participated as judges and buyers throughout the event.

“I am unaware of any other national programs of this magnitude that allow students to shine in the presence of sales professionals and hiring managers. Some of our most successful college hires have come from the NCSC‚" said Laura Gross‚ National Program Manager College Recruiting‚ ADP Small Business Services.

Each role−play is broadcast live to judges‚ but the competition does not stop when the cameras quit rolling. The real competition begins at the exclusive career fair‚ where students network with sponsors to compete for job offers.

“The networking opportunities at the NCSC are the best part of the competition‚” said Walter. “Now I don’t have to worry about finding a job upon graduation. More than 15 nationwide companies have shown an interest in offering me a position.”


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit