By Lindsay Anderson
June 19, 2014
Bradley’s professional sales program continued to receive national recognition from the Sales Education Foundation’s, as it was listed among SEF’s “Top Universities for Professional Sales Education” for the eighth consecutive year.
“Placing on this list creates awareness for not only the Foster College of Business but also awareness with recruiters and executives for our students,” said professional sales program director Mark Johlke.
The professional sales program is not only hands-on, but it provides realistic experiences through sales role-playing.
“Students receive personalized and targeted one-on-one feedback,” said marketing instructor Brad Eskridge. “Students in our program also gain exposure through multiple avenues such as receptions, critiques, interviews, class speakers and even sales professionals working in the industry today.”
SEF reports that sales programs nationwide are averaging a 92 percent placement for students. The current placement rate for Foster College professional sales graduates is 100 percent. Recent graduates have joined companies such as ConAgra Foods, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McAfee, Oracle and the HON Company.
Upon graduating this spring, professional sales graduate Tanner Peterson ’14 accepted a job to work at HON Company in its Sales and Leadership Program in Muscatine, Iowa.
“Working for HON is an amazing opportunity,” Peterson said. “Foster College’s sales program, along with the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC), helped further my sales skills, prepared me to seize opportunities and enabled me to excel in my job.”
Foster College of Business’s professional sales program is accredited by the Sales and Marketing Trainers Association and is a full member of the University Sales Alliance. The college ranks among Bloomberg Businessweek’s top undergraduate and MBA programs. It is also one of less than 2 percent of business schools worldwide to achieve and maintain the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business's high standards for both business and accounting education.
The Sales Education Foundation is dedicated to elevating the sales profession through university education and increasing awareness of its positive impact on our economy and society.