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Sales team places in top 10 in nationwide competition

April 3, 2009

KALAMAZOO--For the seventh straight year, a team of students representing Western Michigan University has finished in the top ten in a prestigious nationwide sales competition.

The two-person team tied for ninth place with last year's winner, Florida State, in the National Collegiate Sales Competition in late February at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. The competition is widely regarded as the nation's most prestigious university sales competition. Ohio University won the event.

Members of the WMU team are Shannon Lapsley and Rob Little, both from Saline, Mich. Both Lapsley and Little are seniors in the sales and business marketing program. The duo competed against approximately 108 students from 55 universities. Lapsley finished in a tie for 16th place, while Little tied for 24th place.

Dr. James Eckert, associate professor in the WMU Department of Marketing, coached the team and accompanied the students to the competition.

"Only one school has a longer top 10 streak at eight," Eckert says. "Shannon and Rob were able to maintain a top 10 streak in the program at a time when many of the typical top 10 finishing teams did not earn a trophy. It was a hard year, but the students' dedication to preparation and their coolness under pressure really came through in the end."

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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