Baylor University Center for Professional Selling Celebrates 25 Years of Excellence

Sept. 13, 2010

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The Center for Professional Selling at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business will commemorate opening the first sales center in the country by hosting five days of events from Thursday, Sept. 16, through Monday, Sept. 20.

The Baylor community, the Professional Selling Center's Advisory Board, as well as invited international scholars will be in attendance during the week.

The event will kick off Thursday evening with an opening dinner, followed by a weekend of research and keynote symposia, luncheons, banquets and panel discussions.

More than 450 people are expected to be in attendance at these events, including 50 scholars participating in the all-day research symposium on Friday and 16 representatives of sales centers from other universities across the country.

Keynote speakers include Baylor men's basketball coach Scott Drew, President and CEO of Prime Resource Group Jeff Thull, and Baylor President Ken Starr.

But possibly the most noteworthy event that will take place during this event is the Inauguration of President Starr, which will take place Friday, Sept. 17, at the Ferrell Center.

Baylor University continues to lead and excel across the nation in the area of professional selling. The Center for Professional Selling has more than 800 graduates and was the first school to offer professional sales major.

"With its research-active faculty, Baylor's Center for Professional Selling has always leveraged the latest research to build the students' classroom experience," said Andrea Dixon, Executive Director of the Center for Professional Selling and Keller Center for Research at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

The Center's advisory board works hard to stay leading the pack by continually updating curricula and technology, maintaining high expectations in the classrooms, and constantly making extra-curricular events and internships available to students.

"We are uniquely situated to experiment rapidly and continue to push the field forward. My dream is that Baylor might become an incubator for new sales practices that might be jointly tested in the corporate and academic fields. In the future, our students will be sought for their knowledge of best practices as well as the next practices for creating a strong sales organization," said Dixon.

For more information about the Center for Professional Selling, the full schedule of events or to attend the events, visit their website http://www.baylor.edu/business/selling/.

by Alison Higgins, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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