Our Competition

The 7th Annual Steel City Sales Challenge presented by Erie Insurance was held in October 2023 at Duquesne University.

Compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes!

Steel City Sales Challenge

The Steel City Sales Challenge is a challenging and dynamic event that is hosted annually by the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. The two-day sales competition is held in the Center for Leadership in Professional Selling & Marketing and is open to undergraduate students from universities across the region.

The competition features sales role plays and elevator pitches and offers more than $15,000 in cash and prizes, making it one of the largest sales competitions in the United States. 


2023 Role-Play Winners

  • 1st Place: ($3,500): Emily Gowman, West Chester University
  • 2nd Place: ($2,500): Alyssa Serbak, Duquesne University
  • 3rd Place: ($1,500): Shannon McGinty, University of Dayton

2023 Elevator Pitch Winners

  • 1st Place ($1,500): Kresstoph Whittick, West Chester University
  • 2nd Place: ($1,000): Jenna Kareliussen, Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • 3rd Place: ($500): Lauren Sykes, Duquesne University 

2023 Participating Universities

  • Ball State University
  • Colorado State University
  • Duquesne University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Ferris State University
  • Point Park University
  • Purdue University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Slippery Rock University Of Pennsylvania
  • Temple University
  • University of Dayton
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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We welcome companies interested in sponsoring our annual sales challenge. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please reach out to Susan Eppley, Director Center for Leadership in Professional Selling or Andrea Dreher, Associate Director Center for Professional Selling.