KSU Finishes in Top 10 at National Collegiate Sales Competition

 Megan Colapinto and Stephanie Carvajalino
KSU Sales Team Members Megan Colapinto and Stephanie Carvajalino

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 9, 2018) — Kennesaw State University Professional Sales students Megan Colapinto and Stephanie Carvajalino led the University to an impressive 9th place finish at the 20th annual National Collegiate Sales Competition, held April 3-6, 2018 at the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Undergraduate sales teams from 71 universities competed at the event, which is the world’s largest sales role-play competition for college students. Between the competing sales teams, the nearly 50 corporate sponsors, and the judges, coaches, and other volunteers, more than 1,000 people came together to make the event a success.

The NCSC includes three rounds of 20-minute sales role-plays. Each student plays the part of a salesperson meeting with a prospective buyer. Judges score students based on 25 criteria, including whether they made good eye contact, presented a business card, properly set the agenda, or led with an effective attention-getting statement.

Not only did the Kennesaw State sales team finish in the top ten, but Colapinto also earned 9th place overall out of the 142 individual undergraduate competitors.

Colapinto, a junior in the Professional Sales program, values the experience she gains from role-play competitions like the NCSC. Two weeks before the event, she competed in the Granite Sales Open, where she earned her spot on the NCSC team.

“[Sales role-plays] are really great experiences because you are putting yourself outside your comfort zone," Colapinto said at the Granite Sales Open, "and surrounding yourself with people who also want to be outside their comfort zones in order to grow professionally."

Founded by Dr. Terry Loe, Co-Director for Kennesaw State’s Center for Professional Selling, the NCSC is designed to promote professional selling as a credible and honorable profession and to inspire other universities to develop sales curriculums.

“This is a way to get industry and academia together and establish the basic principles of sales on which we can all agree,” he says.

NCSC Top Results


First Place: Michigan State University

Second Place: Kansas State University

Third Place: Illinois State University

Fourth Place: Bradley University

Fifth Place: University of Central Florida

Sixth Place: (Tie) Kent State University

Sixth Place: (Tie) Central Michigan University

Eighth Place: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Ninth Place (Tie): University of Houston

Ninth Place (Tie): University of Texas Dallas

Ninth Place (Tie): Kennesaw State University

Tenth Place: Purdue University


First Place: Heidi Surdyk
Michigan State University

Second Place: Rachel Kipper
Kansas State University

Third Place: Alexis Anderson
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Fourth Place: Omar Nasser
University of Central Florida

- Patrick Harbin

Photo courtesy of Arianna Lasha, Student Assistant with the Center for Professional Selling