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Students place sixth at nation-wide sales competition for fourth time

Members of Bradley’s Professional Sales Team took sixth place in the National Collegiate Sales Competition.
Bradley seniors Dan Short and Max Lane finished in the top 16 individually. Other competitors from Bradley include Bethany Schafer and Dan Kahne.
These students were chosen to compete at the NCSC because of their results at Bradley’s Sales Contest that was held in December.
Between Bradley’s sales contest and the NCSC, attending students have spent several hours each day preparing for the national competition.
Bradley’s Professional Sales Program has been consistently successful at the NCSC, which was hosted last month, including top six finishes in four of the last six years, and one first place finish. Students who want to minor or major in professional selling gain real life experience in sales and attend several events that connect students and corporate sponsors.
The NCSC has been referred to as the World Series of Sales, known for hosting the best student from the top collegiate sales programs.
It was created in 1999 to enhance professionalism in sales and is now the oldest and largest sales role-play competition in existence. Since the creation of the competition, more than 1,000  students and faculty have participated from across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
NCSC is an event consisting of five rounds with 20-minute sales calls in each round. The sales calls are judged by professionals who represent sales professors and sales professionals.
The mission of the NCSC remains the same as it was when it was first created – to promote the sales profession as an honorable and viable career option for college graduates, to provide an occasion for highly talented and qualified students to exhibit and enhance their selling skills on a national stage and to provide a venue for students, education methods and networking opportunities.
In the competition, upcoming sales graduates are provided a venue where they can sharpen their skills in a competitive environment while also allowing them to network with their peers and sales faculty from across the United States.
Corporate sponsors who attend the event may also contribute greatly to the success and education of students in the sales competition, as well as make a great investment in the future of the sales profession.
This year 61 different universities, including Purdue, Florida State, Ball State and Illinois State sent 122 students to the competition, making it the largest competition to date.
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