LSU Team Wins Bayou Sales Competition
March 13, 2017
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Sales Team finished first at the 2017 Bayou Sales Challenge at Nicholls State University, beating Florida State University, Nicholls State, Illinois State University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Southern University and Xavier University of New Orleans.
LSU team members were Eric Waguespack, senior marketing major from Harvey, La. and
the first-place overall individual champion at the competition; Del Baker IV, senior
marketing major from Baton Rouge; Lyndsay LeDoux, senior marketing major from Lafayette,
La.; Jack Chascin, senior marketing major from Mandeville, La.; and Sarah Grimball,
senior marketing major from Zachary, La.
The Bayou Sales Challenge is formatted as a mock sales meeting in which students attempt to sell ADP payroll products to potential buyers. The event begins with a panel discussion about professional sales careers led by leaders in the field and moves to team and individual competitions held in Nicholls State’s Sales and Interactive Training Laboratory.
Philip Greg Accardo, director of the LSU Professional Sales Institute, said that for the members of the LSU Sales Team, the competition was beneficial in more ways than one.
In fact, in the days following the event, the team was recognized by East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and District 8 Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso at City Hall.
“The Bayou Sales Challenge has been a very rewarding and competitive event where our team is able to demonstrate its knowledge and skills competing among some of the best sales talent at the college level,” Accardo said. “Several large companies underwrite and judge the event while also using the opportunity to interview the competitors for possible career offers. We find that student involvement with the LSU Sales Team results in nearly a 95 percent chance of job placement by graduation.”
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