Bloomsburg University Students Compete in Sales Competition

For Immediate Release
Date: April 7, 2021
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations
Written by: Marlea Harris, Communications Intern 


Bloomsburg University Students Compete in Sales Competition 

BLOOMSBURG—Several Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania professional marketing and sales students competed in the virtual Redbird Regional Sales Contest in February.

Senior Autumn Hawk (Nazareth, Pa.) advanced to the semifinals in her first-ever sales competition contest. Joining Hawk in the competition were Molly Groff (Sellersville, Pa.) Mia Kosoglow (State College, Pa.), and Ethan Burns (Hughesville, Pa.). BU faculty member Mike Huben is the team’s coach. 

The Redbird National Sales Competition (RNSC) is a collegiate sales competition hosted by the Professional Sales Institute at Illinois State University. This competition is a developmental event that provides students the opportunity to demonstrate their selling skills through simulated sale roleplays. 

Hawk, who had no previous experience with professional sales before this competition, explained how the RNSC contest worked. 

“Competitors had to learn and attempt to sell Gartner (a research and advisory company) services to chief information officers of different companies and either close with a sale or get them interested enough to secure a second meeting to discuss the product further,” said Hawk. “Preparation for the competition involved a lot of research and practicing sales roleplays with our coach, Mike Huben.” 

More than 150 participants attended the event and exhibited their sales skills during roleplay scenarios. Additionally, 20 schools and 11 corporate sponsors were represented at the competition.

BU was first named among the top North American schools in 2015 by the Sales Education Foundation’s (SEF) listing of the best universities offering professional sales education. BU is one of only five Pennsylvania institutions included in the listing. SEF recognizes institutions for elevating the sales profession through university education.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. We believe opportunity belongs to those who are ready to work for it and unafraid to do something great with it. But it's not just for us. As a Husky, every step you take pulls the whole pack forward. Serving approximately 8,200 students, BU offers comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and Honors College.