Trine team 4th in speed sales competition

April 10, 2023

Speed Sales
From left, Trine University National Collegiate Sports Sales Competition team members Logan Suchland, Valencia Palermo, Andrew Klimek and Ethan Hill, with Brandon Podgorski, associate professor in the Ketner School of Business and advisor for the team, at the State Farm Arena in February. The Trine team placed fourth in speed sales at the event.
ATLANTA – A team of Trine University business majors placed fourth in a speed sales competition held as part of the National Collegiate Sports Sales Competition in late February.

Andrew Klimek, a sport management major from Osceola, Indiana, Ethan Hill, a sport management major from Guilford, Indiana, Valecia Palermo, a marketing major from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Logan Suchland, a sport management major from New Bremen, Ohio, each gave 60-second elevator pitches to six different professionals and other students during the Speed Sell Challenge. Each was scored on their performance, and the scores were averaged for the team score.

The annual National Collegiate Sports Sales Championship, held Feb. 27-28 this year in Atlanta, is an opportunity for college seniors to showcase sports sales skills in a competitive format.

In the virtual qualifier in November, Trine’s team placed 13th out of 52 colleges and universities.

Klimek finished in the top 32 during the overall competition. Brandon Podgorski, associate professor in the Ketner School of Business and advisor for the team, was also recognized as one of the top judges from the Corporate Partnerships division.

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