Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kelley senior earns 1st place in Regional Sales Competition

Nick Pacak
Kelley School senior Nick Pacak earned a first-place ranking in the recent Regional Sales Competition at the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling at Ball State University.

About 40 students from IU, Ball State, University of Louisville, Purdue University, University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Central Michigan University competed for cash prizes and awards at the eighth annual competition at the Muncie, Ind., campus.

The event began with team members competing among themselves to see who would represent their school in the final round. Their mock sales pitches were judged by about 40 professionals from the sales industry who gave immediate feedback to the students. 

Pacak, who is a marketing major and a member of Kelley's Global Sales Leadership Society, said the competition helped him hone his selling skills and taught him some new techniques.

"It was a very beneficial experience," he said. "As a team, there is no doubt we were much better than any other school and recognition should go to the whole team as well as our coach, Professor Dick Canada."

Pacak is from Mason, Ohio. He will begin a career in sales at 3M upon graduation.

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