Saying students "matched their best-ever finish," the University of Wisconsin-Parkside sales team, led by Dr. Peter Knight, captured four individual and team awards during the National Collegiate Sales Competition held at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta. Students from 68 schools worldwide gathered for the world's largest and oldest sales role-play competition.
"Dave Kirkeby and Will Cray were second runner up--the third best M.B.A. sales team in the nation!--in the Graduate Division," Dr. Knight said. "Mike Anderson matched our outstanding alumnus Kyle Hagemann's quarter final finish in the undergraduate division and Josh Vargas just missed a quarter final award by the narrowest possible margin."
Dr. Knight attributed the students' hard work and the "devoted and skilled" coaching of Bob Stoebe and Jim McPhaul for the good showing. He also advised College of Business, Economics, and Computing Program Associate (CBEC) Andrea Worrell to "make lots of room in our CBEC awards case" for the sale team's hardware haul.
CBEC Interim Dean Dirk Baldwin said the Atlanta performance, "Attests to the team's and coaches' skill, hard work, and dedication. Thank you for representing UW-Parkside, demonstrating the quality of our students, and serving as examples for what UW-Parkside students can accomplish."
Knight noted that UW-Parkside offers a Sales Certificate to students in all majors to prepare them for sales careers. The Kenosha/Racine campus is one of only two programs in Wisconsin accredited by the national Sales Education Foundation.
The 15th National Collegiate Sales Competition was held March 1 through 4.In the photo, from left, Dave Kirkeby, Mike Anderson, and Will Cray show their awards from Atlanta.