WAYNE, N.J., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales (RBI) at William Paterson University's Cotsakos College of Business will host the 10th Annual National Sales Challenge, an intense series of selling competitions and workshops, on its campus in Wayne, N.J., from November 16 to 18, 2016.
More than 100 college students representing 34 universities from across the country, as well as from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, will participate. The competition is designed by the University's Russ Berrie Institute to strengthen students' sales skills and offer them an opportunity to network with business executives from companies around the country who will judge the events and serve as sponsors. The Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales was recognized in 2016 as one of the top sales programs in the nation by the Sales Education Foundation of Dayton, Ohio. Housed in William Paterson's Cotsakos College of Business, the Institute was one of the first in the country to offer a bachelor of science degree in professional sales, and represents a unique partnership between the private sector and higher education designed to advance the field of professional sales. An estimated 85 percent of the program's graduates find a job in six months. This year, 90 executives from 16 sponsor companies will participate in the National Sales Challenge, including: ADP, Becton Dickinson, DHL, First Data, Henry Schein Dental, Laird Plastics, Lennox Industries, Liberty Mutual, McKesson, Michelin, Canon, Paycom, CDS-Xerox, Russ Berrie Foundation, and Waste Management. The RBI Sales Career Boot Camp was added last year and is designed to provide interaction in small group settings between students and industry leaders from the sponsor companies. The 2016 boot camp will address the transition from degree to work with sessions on how to craft a personal presentation story that will prepare students for job interviews. Senior sales and human resource leaders from ADP, Paycom, Canon, CDS-Xerox, Michelin, UPS, Laird Plastics, Lennox Industries, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, CBRE, First Data and Liberty Mutual will serve as panelists.