SBI students sell success


Altria Sales & Distribution presented four students with awards for winning first place at the Center for Global Sales Leadership.

Lakeisha Faulkner, Darriel Brown, Nicole Crowell, and Jamil Codner competed in a real-world sales simulation competition all four winners are senior business administration students.

“Today’s event will help show the students that their education, training & development here in SBI will prepare them to dominate the competition worldwide,” said Dr. Roscoe Hightower, team advisor for the group.

Tuesday afternoon dozens of people assembled in front of the SBI building to congratulate the students.

“I came out to show support and find out what the award was for,” said Akilah Waldon, a first-year business administration student. “SBI usually holds events in the courtyard which made me wonder what was going on.” 

Representatives from top corporations judged the competition. Sponsors included Altria Sales & Distribution, Procter & Gamble, BP Oil and Kraft Foods. Indiana University hosted the competition on Oct. 8.  Teams from around the country competed. Participating universities included University of Florida, Syracuse University, Michigan State University, Penn State University and University of Southern California. The SBI students faced 16 other teams.

 “I believe that this presentation was a great way to motivate students in SBI and also to give others a better understanding of what SBI is really about,” said Christelle Fleurius, PR representative for the event. “It will motivate SBIans by making them see that they can achieve great things if they do take advantage of the resources available to them. Those who did not know about SBI will now know because of the event’s coverage.”

The Tallahassee Democrat, The Famuan, WCTV, TV20, and Capital Outlook were all in attendance. Although the media showed up to cover the event but Fleurius said she was disappointed in student support.

“I just wish more students had seized the opportunity,” said Fleurius. “Came out to show some support and see that we do prepare students for corporate America.”