Two University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students -- Kymbur Altes of Van Buren and Christopher Brandon Rowland of Fort Smith -- just returned from competing in the National Collegiate Sales Competition held March 1-4 at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta.
The two UAFS students, both marketing majors and candidates for spring 2013 graduation, were the only Arkansas students competing in the event, which includes students from 66 undergraduate universities and seven graduate schools. Other competing schools included the University of Alabama, Louisiana State University, the University of Georgia, Baylor University, Michigan State and others from coast to coast.
Jerry D. Peerbolte, assistant professor of marketing at UAFS, said sales executives from area companies assisted in judging an on-campus qualifying round.
“Each school invited to participate in the competition could bring only two students,” said Peerbolte. “The two students had the highest scores as judged by our local executives assisting with the selection.”
Peerbolte and the sales executives met with the student to give them additional role-play time before the event.
Dr. Steve Williams, dean of the College of Business at UAFS, praised Peerbolte for his efforts in working toward the competition.
“Getting UAFS included in this prestigious mix of 66 top international programs is a stellar achievement,” said Williams, “and the fact that we are the only university from Arkansas is doubly impressive.”
The National Collegiate Sales Competition is the largest and oldest sales role-play competition in existence. It was instituted in 1999 to enhance the practice and professionalism of the sales profession. The event provides a venue for students, professors and sales executives to share sales philosophy techniques, education methods and networking opportunities.
Commenting on the students’ performance at the competition, Peerbolte remarked, “Our students stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the best schools from across the country. I am so proud of Kymbur and Brandon. Equally important, the students caught the attention of recruiters from companies who judged the competition. This exposure will hopefully bring more attention nationally to UAFS.”