Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge

An internal collegiate sales competition showcasing the talents of University of Arizona students.

The Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge is a one-day collegiate sales competition for University of Arizona students that is held in the Eller College of Management every fall.

The Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge:

  • Showcases the professional sales talents of University of Arizona students
  • Connects corporate recruiters, donors, and University of Arizona alumni and advisor board members with college students who share their passion for professional sales
  • Promotes the Eller brand to students and sponsors


Friday, October 9, 2020
8 a.m - 4 p.m
McClelland Hall
The University of Arizona

The Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge will also include a reverse career fair during the event's lunch hour.


Who Will Participate?

  • Students from the Department of Marketing, Eller College of Management and University of Arizona

  • Marketing Minor Students

  • Eller Professional Sales Club

  • Other Eller student clubs and organizations

About the Competition

At the Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge students will prepare for a 20-minute sales call which they will sell to a business professional acting as a buyer. A panel of sales professionals from sponsoring companies will evaluate students on all aspects of the sales call as well as on students’ communication skills and their ability to look and act in a professional manner.

We will have 60-80 student competitors. All student training for the competition will be conducted by the marketing faculty and senior sales club members.

Based on the scoring rubric in round one, the top three students will move on to the final role play in the afternoon.  These finalist will compete for the top three spots that will be awarded with a plaque and monetary scholarship. 

  • Best Overall Sales Person, $1,000 plus plaque and custom Tom James suit
  • First Runner Up, $750 plus plaque
  • Second Runner Up, $500 plus plaque

Student Competitor Information

Students competitors will find information regarding the sales competition, the evaluation form and the case for this year's competition:

Visitor / Judge Information


McClelland Hall is located at 1130 East Helen Street, just north of Speedway Boulevard and east of the Park Avenue Parking Garage. The building entrance is located at the top of the stairway on the north side of McClelland Hall along Helen. Visit Eller.

On Campus Parking

Visitors can park in the Park Avenue Garage next door to McClelland Hall. Parking is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Metered parking and visitor pay parking is also available.



Tucson Hotel University Park
0.5 miles

A Loft
0.7 miles

Arizona Inn 
1.4 miles

Lodge on the Desert
3.5 miles

Double Tree 
5.9 miles

Day of Event Information

Time Activity Location
7:30-8:30 a.m. Judges Check-In, Breakfast and Training 201B
8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sales Role Play in Team Rooms and Interview Rooms  
8:30-9 a.m. Sales Role Play 1  
9-9:30 a.m. Sales Role Play 2  
9:30-10 a.m. Sales Role Play 3  
10-10:30 a.m. Sales Role Play 4  
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break  
10:45-11:15 a.m. Sales Role Play 5  
11:15-11:30 a.m. Sales Role Play 6  
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sales Role Play 7  
12:15-1 p.m. Lunch PDC Collab Hub and 201B
1-2 p.m. Reverse Career Fair PDC Third Floor
2-2:15 p.m. Announce Finalists 201 A/B
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break, Finalist Set up  
2:30-3:40 p.m. Finalist Sales Role Play in Interview Rooms  View through Live Streaming in 210 A/B
2:30-2:50 p.m. Finalist 1  
2:55-3:15 p.m. Finalist 2  
3:30-3:40 p.m. Finalist 3  
3:40-4 p.m. Winner Announced 201 A/B

Our Sponsors

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Sponsor the Suit Up Sales Challenge

The Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge will offer sponsors a targeted, more cost-effective approach to recruiting entry level sales talent. Every student competitor is passionate about sales as a profession, unlike many students, a sponsor might encounter during a typical campus career fair.  The competitors put themselves on the line and come prepared to show sponsors what they can do.

The timing of the event is perfect for recruiting summer interns or May graduates. Most of University Arizona students accept positions with employers in the months of November and December.

The competition is small and highly personalized and takes place in one day.  Unlike other national sales competition’s sponsors will have direct interactions with the student competitors several times throughout the day.  Sponsor’s will get to interact with the students in a buyer’s role, during the role play feedback sessions, lunch, reverse career fair and the awards ceremony. The sponsor’s time commitment will also be limited to one day rather than three days like other competitions.

In subsequent years, it is highly likely that past competitors who have graduated will be coming back to the competitions as buyers and judges since many of them will have secured employment with the event sponsors.  This creates an alumni outreach opportunity.

Sponsors get to view the selling and communication skills of the student competitors and judge during student role plays. Feedback sessions will be held directly after each role play is completed.

One of the main goals of the Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge will be to create a hospitable environment for both students and sponsors.  Most students will be doing these role plays in front of a sales professional for the first time so we want to make this event a great learning experience.  Sponsors will also have fun giving feedback to students and probably learn more about them than they would in a typical job interview.

2019 Eller Suit Up Sale Challenge Sponsorship Opportunities

Eller Suit Up Sales Challenge Team

Department of Marketing

Jerry Kollross
Jan Voci

Eller Professional Development Center

Sarah Diaz
Nancy Roberts
Erica Alitiem

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Contact us to sponsor this exciting new event or learn more!

Contact the Suit Up Sales Challenge Team