2018 Steel City Sales Challenge Recap


Pictured above (Left-to-right): Dr. Dean McFarlin, Dean, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business; Tommy Scruggs, General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Steel Dynamics, Inc.; Aaron Hemmelgarn; Daria Marie Coleman; Kyle Guinness; Arthini Pulenthiran; Katherine Payne; Dr. Ryan Luchs, Chair, Management & Marketing Department, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business

The Center for Leadership in Professional Selling hosted its second annual Steel City Sales Challenge, sponsored by Steel Dynamics, Inc., on Saturday, October 27, 2018 with an exciting day of competition for sales-focused students.

Sales-focused students from Duquesne, the University of Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University, the University of Dayton and West Virginia University competed in the event for $5,000 in prizes.

Congratulations to our competition winners.

1st Place: Kyle Guinness, University of Pittsburgh

2nd Place: Katherine Payne, University of Dayton

3rd Place: Arthini Pulenthiran, University of Pittsburgh

Finalists: Daria Marie Coleman, Duquesne University

Finalists: Aaron Hemmelgarn, University of Dayton

The Steel City Sales Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the sales process of Steel Dynamics, Inc., a large domestic steel producer. In doing so, they learn how to execute the consultative selling model that is valued by many employers.

Registration in the Steel City Sales Challenge is limited to 30 students, who compete in a preliminary round of sales role-playing. Top scorers move on to a final round of sales role-playing. Sales professionals serve as judges and evaluate the students. The competition venue, the newly constructed Center for Leadership in Professional Selling, features simulation labs that provide students a professional space with a variety of settings to role-play their sales approaches.

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Thank you to our partner

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