Georgia Southern Students Earn Honors at the 2023 Pi Sigma Epsilon National Convention
Members representing 34 different Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) university chapters from across the U.S. networked, attended keynote speech sessions, participated in professional workshops, and connected with industry professionals from more than 30 corporate firms at the PSE National Convention. Chapter representatives elected a new National Council, and celebrated accomplishments achieved during the 2022-23 year. PSE extends our deepest gratitude to all corporate members, to our volunteers, and to our students for making the National Convention possible.
Taking place in Norfolk, VA, finalists for the National Awards Program competed on-site at the National Convention in 21 different categories.
PSE Members participated in several individual competitions at the Convention, including the Pro-Am Sell-a-Thon®, PSE’s National Speakers Competition, Sports Selling Competition presented by the New York Mets, and the Interview Competition presented by Mutual of Omaha at the National Convention.
Georgia Southern University’s Gamma Lambda chapter earned the following honors:
- Finalist – Mitchell Bliss
- Finalist – Tyler Giovannini
For the Interview Competition, competitors assumed the role of a senior in college interviewing for the Sales Trainee Program. The interview was conducted with a Sales Representative or Sales Manager from Mutual of Omaha, KEYENCE, Pella, or Apex Systems. Competitors were judged on criteria based on what was learned from the interview guide that was provided, as well as each pre-training session.
National Convention Pro-Am Sell-a-Thon®
- Semifinalist – Mitchell Bliss
Pi Sigma Epsilon’s Pro-Am Sell-a-Thon® sales competition was conducted on-site during the 2023 National Convention. Prior to the Convention, contestants had to complete sales modules developed by Carew International. The sales call itself took the form of a 12-minute sales role-play, which had 135 elite PSE sales students representing 28 universities from across the nation competing.
“Congratulations to the members of the Gamma Lambda chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon for their continued efforts to grow the chapter in the Parker College of Business,” examines Travis Brickey, Director of the Center for Sales Excellence and Co-Advisor of the Co-Ed Professional Business Fraternity. “The students representing Georgia Southern at the national convention included Stew Blankenship, Mitchell Bliss, Tyler Giovannini, Zane Kight, and Trent Williams. Dr. Linda Mullen and I are extremely proud of these students for representing the university with dignity and class amongst their 34 peer institutions. We are thrilled with Tyler and Mitchell’s efforts in the PSE competitions!”
Center for Sales Excellence, Georgia Southern University
Located within Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business, the Center for Sales Excellence is recognized by the University Sales Center Alliance and the Sales Education Foundation as one of the nation’s top sales programs. Established in 2007, it is the mission of the Center to have a positive impact on the sales profession through education, research, and service. The Marketing B.B.A. program offers the students of Georgia Southern University an emphasis in Sales and Sales Management.
Through the Center, students gain experience with sales role-play in our dedicated labs, with many going on to compete in some of the nation’s most prestigious sales competitions. The Center also works to bring students together with companies in the industry looking to hire the best and brightest minds. It is the goal of the Center to be the preeminent sales program in the nation.
Pi Sigma Epsilon
Pi Sigma Epsilon is the nation’s only professional business fraternity for men and women in the fields of sales, marketing, and management. Since its inception in 1952, PSE has enriched the lives of over 65,000 people and has established chapters on over 170 campuses nationwide. For more information on Pi Sigma Epsilon, visit https://www.pse.org/.
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