Cal State Fullerton business student Rachel Griffin

Rachel Griffin, the first place winner at the Impact Sales Competition

Students involved in Cal State Fullerton’s Sales Leadership Center, which provides sales-related education and networking for Titans of any major, took first and third place at the 3rd Annual Impact Collegiate Sales Competition in Chicago on Sept. 20. The event, which gave students from seven universities the opportunity to perfect their sales pitch skills while competing for scholarships, involved more than 90 participants.

It was the first time that Cal State Fullerton has participated in the event.

“I am excited to see that our students performed so well in their first attendance to this collegiate competition,” says Brad Anderson, director of the Sales Leadership Center. “To have three of the top eight contestants and two of the top three is an amazing reward for the students’ hard work.”

Rachel Griffin ’20, student president of the Sales Leadership Center and a Mihaylo College student assistant, netted gold, with a $2,000 scholarship, while Jacob Miknuk ’20, a Mihaylo College ISDS and marketing double major and big data analytics specialist for Irvine-based Alteryx, earned the number three spot and a $750 scholarship.

Other Cal State Fullerton contestants included Octavio Lobato ’20 (economics), Casey Powell ’20 (marketing) and Ezequiel Pena-Pena ’20 (management).

Cal State Fullerton student Jacob Miknuk

Third-place winner Jacob Miknuk

The student delegation was accompanied by Anderson and Assistant Professor of Marketing Joshua Dorsey.

Impact Networking, a Lake Forest, Illinois-based business process optimization firm, first hosted a sales competition in 2017. The seven universities competing in 2019 were the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Northern Illinois University, Ball University, Winona State University and Cal State Fullerton.

For More on Sales Leadership

The Sales Leadership Center provides resources and events for students interested in pursuing sales careers or gaining valuable experience in selling, presentation skills and building student confidence. More than 30 sponsor companies, including Impact Networking, participate in activities including workshops, seminars, career fairs, sales competitions, and social events. Students may earn a sales minor or a certificate of professional sales through academic and participation in such events.

For more information, visit the center online. Or read more of our articles about Cal State Fullerton’s sales education initiatives.