Communication Student Finalist in All-MSU Sales Competition

Posted on: February 18, 2014

Sales-WPSales Communication Specialization students put their skills to the test during the fourth-annual All-MSU Sales Competition Jan. 31 at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development.

Among this year's top four finalists was Shamus Cook, a junior communication major, who was third runner-up. He now will represent MSU at the National Collegiate Sales Competition March 28-31 at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., along with the other top finalists, which include:

  • Winner Greg Gariepy, marketing senior
  • First runner-up Zach Doerr, marketing junior
  • Second runner-up MacKenzie Walters, marketing junior

"The All-MSU Sales Competition is one of our best opportunities to showcase our student talent during the academic year," said Managing Director Jennifer Rumler. "Faculty, staff and students all gain beneficial experience from participating in this competition."

The competition consisted of three rounds of tournament-style scenarios leading to the finals. In each round, students conducted 20-minute sales calls with industry professionals. Altogether, 36 sales communication specialization students competed, while another 30 students volunteered and took part in the career fair. Also in attendance were the specialization's corporate sponsors, program sponsors and day sponsors who helped judge the competition.

"I would highly recommend everyone and anyone who is interested in sales to compete in the future. It is a great way to test your skills and see what you are made of," Cook said. "I used the judge's advice and it helped me move on. It is a good way to get your name out there, have a ton of fun, and meet some great people, students and companies in the sales industry."

All students at MSU may participate in the competition. However, participants usually come from the Sales Communication Specialization, a joint program between the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and Broad College of Business.

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