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April 30, 2016

Students Presented with Sales Certificates at Luncheon

Dr. Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration, presented 19 students with their certificates in sales excellence at a celebration at Misty’s restaurant in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 25. More than 100 students enrolled in the program since it began in August 2014.

Dr. Sohi welcomes sales students
Dr. Sohi welcomes sales students
Dr. Ravi Sohi, professor and Robert D. Hays Distinguished Chair of Sales Excellence, welcomed the sales students to the event and lauded them for their efforts in helping create a program producing students employers are seeking to hire.

 “We started this program due to feedback we received from companies looking for students with a broader skill set in sales regardless of their major,” said Sohi. “Employers value the sales certificate, and the success of our program is because our students are demonstrating to employers they have skills the companies want.”

Plowman sees the program as another piece for the college to attract students from all majors.

“Almost everything I do in my job is sales, even if it’s just trying to sell a colleague on an idea someone has,” said Plowman. “I knew many of these sales students before they started in the program and I see the transformation in them. It’s nothing short of remarkable what they’ve achieved, and the program has become a difference maker under Ravi’s leadership and the great new faculty he’s hired.”

Dr. Plowman presented certificates to students
Dr. Plowman presented certificates to students
Both Plowman and Sohi thanked Mike Hays, CEO of National Research Corporation who also attended the event, for his assistance in getting the program off the ground.

“Mike gave us both financial support and valuable feedback on how to tailor the program,” said Sohi. “He has talked to our students and continues to give guidance on what skills are most important in today’s workplace.”

Students earning certificates also voiced their appreciation for having the opportunity to get practical sales experience in a dynamic new program. In all, 36 students have received their certificates in sales excellence since the program began.

“After my first semester in the sales certificate program I knew I made a great decision,” said Nathaniel Ash, a senior management major from Lincoln. “The professors are passionate about what they teach and provide real world examples. In every profession you’ll be doing some type of selling. This program teaches you the skills and techniques that are transferable to any type of selling you’ll do. This program also gave me a better understanding of what I want to pursue after college, and I can’t thank the professors in the program enough for that.”

Recent students receiving their certificates:  
Name – Hometown
Nathaniel Ash – Lincoln, Nebraska
Aaron Docter – Firth, Nebraska
Andrew Driscoll – Papillion, Nebraska
Dave Dudney – Gretna, Nebraska
Ann Holen – Kearney, Nebraska
Amanda Johnson – Omaha, Nebraska
Colton Jones – Norfolk, Nebraska
Jenny Jones – Lincoln, Nebraska
Alex Kidwell – Lee's Summit, Missouri
Tucker Krantz – Centennial, Colorado
Alexander Lahargoue – Lincoln, Nebraska
Nick Moor – Omaha, Nebraska
Simon Ostrander – Hastings, Nebraska
Samantha Peterson – Omaha, Nebraska
Alex Rapp – Omaha, Nebraska
Kelly Schatz – Naperville, Illinois
Marshall Scott – Omaha, Nebraska
Ben Sheehey – Bellevue, Nebraska
Parker Stock – Lincoln, Nebraska
Jacques Tallichet – Lincoln, Nebraska
Cayd Van Ackeren – Elkhorn, Nebraska
Cole Weers – Diller, Nebraska
Dillon Whittier – Omaha, Nebraska
Class Year and Major
Senior – Business Administration
Senior – Management
Junior – Marketing and Management
Senior – Marketing
Senior – English
Junior – Business Admin. and Marketing
Junior – Business Administration
Junior – Marketing
Junior – Marketing
Junior – Marketing
Junior – Management
Junior – Marketing
Senior – Agribusiness
Senior – Marketing
Sophomore – Advertising and Public Relations
Senior – Marketing and Finance
Senior – Management
Senior – Marketing
Junior – Marketing and Management
Senior – Marketing and Spanish
Senior – Business Administration
Junior – Marketing and Management
Junior – Management

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