Eller Students Gain Professional Practice at 2021 Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge

Oct. 20, 2021

On October 15, the Department of Marketing and the Professional Development Center in the Eller College of Management hosted the 2021 Annual Suit Up Sales Competition.

The challenge is a one-day collegiate sales competition that showcases professional sales talents of University of Arizona students, connects corporate recruiters, donors and university alumni and advisor board members with college students who share their passion for professional sales and promotes the Eller brand to students and sponsors.

The competition is open to students from the Department of Marketing, those pursuing a minor in marketing, students in the Professional Sales Club and any other Eller student clubs and organizations.

Students who participated in this year’s competition prepared a 20-minute virtual sales call role play in which they sold to a business professional who was acting as a buyer. A panel of professionals from sponsoring companies evaluated participants during the conference on all aspects of the sales call as well as their communication skills and their ability to look and act in a professional manner.

This year, approximately 80 students participated in the competition.

In the senior division, first place went to Hannah Besedin ’22 BBA (Marketing), second place went to Jackson Westhoff ’22 BSBA (Management) and third place went to Ellie Fultz ’22 BSBA (MIS/Marketing). They were awarded prize money of $1,000, $750 and $500 respectively.

In the non-senior division first, second and third place went to Sam Rabiner ’23 BBA (Management/Business Administration), Michael Waybright ’23 BSBA (Management) and Joseph Paglia (Pre-Business), who each received prize money as well.

Sponsors for the 2021 competition were all representatives of professional companies including AT&T, NOVA Home Loans, Paycom, Pepsico/Frito-Lay, Altria, CoreTech Leasing, Dell Technologies, E.J. Gallo Winery, Guidepoint, Insight Global, Matthews Real Estate, ADP, Axon, Northwestern Mutual, Oracle, Paradox Olivia, Sherwin Williams, Techtronic, Tom James and United Rentals.

To learn more about the Suit Up Sales Competition and how you can be sponsor, visit the Eller website.