Three Collat students recently attended a prestigious sales and marketing conference in Atlanta, besting sales and marketing students from across the U.S. through a competitive application process.

NSNCollat students L-R: Clarke Tulloch, John Roberts, and Mariah Morris

Mariah Morris (MK), John Roberts (ID), and Clarke Tulloch (ID) were invited to join top sales and marketing students at the National Sales Network (NSN) Student Sales & Marketing Conference, a 3-day hands-on sales and marketing experience in mid-September.

The NSN Student Sales & Marketing Conference is one of the most powerful sales and marketing development programs available to diverse students interested in marketing and/or sales. This is the fourth year Collat students have been invited to attend the prestigious event.

The National Sales Network (NSN) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit membership organization whose objective is to meet the professional and developmental needs of sales and sales management professionals and individuals who want to improve their professional sales skills. One of the primary focuses of NSN is diversity. Several hundred students from across the country apply to attend the conference each year and only 100 are selected.

NSN3Mariah, John and Clarke all reported a fantastic experience and highly encourage other Collat students to apply next year.

"The National Student Sales and Marketing Conference was an incredible experience. It was a great opportunity to meet and connect with students from 50+ colleges. It’s amazing when you meet like-minded and career-driven individuals that can push and motivate you to do better. I loved making connections and networking with companies such as PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Adobe and Staples Business Advantage. Many of the companies were looking to hire immediately and offered positions on the spot. One of the cool things about this conference is you get to present a case study in front of executives of top companies. From there, the companies recruit and connect with students. -Mariah Morris

NSN2My experience was definitely more than I expected. I met individuals who hailed from many different backgrounds who were all gathered there for one reason. They all had an interest in bettering themselves in some way. The mandatory competition had you working with strangers in order to solve a complex case study in under 24 hours. It seemed daunting at first, but with so many highly talented individuals, that whole process was easily completed and presented to the judges who actually gave cash prizes to the winning team. I think one of the coolest parts of all was networking with the many successful individuals of color who are leaders in their respective industries. They offered great advice on how you should enter the job field. All of these great experiences culminated into a job fair with recruiters, some of whom were there all 3 days watching you become more accustomed to everything, giving you chances to learn more about their company, interview, and even land a job in a Fortune 500 firm on-site! I definitely enjoyed my experience and I would recommend anyone from UAB to attend 2018's NSN Student Conference. -John A. Roberts

“Use rejection as a fuel to drive you to your end goal” by Randall Pickett. Amazing experience to see the amount of talent in students across the U.S. that share the commonality of sales. As a result of the conference I will be interviewing with GE for a sales position. -Clarke Tulloch