Coles College of Business Center for Professional Selling presents the 2017 Outstanding Partner Award

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May 8th the Center for Professional Selling of the Coles College of Business Recognizes Students and Corporate Partners at an End of the Year Awards Luncheon

GDP Technologies receives the Outstanding Partner Award from Dr. Terry W. Loe at the Center for Professional Selling

“You can have everything you want out of life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want out of life” - Zig Ziglar

GDP Technologies was honored with the Outstanding Partner Award for their partnership with the Center for Professional Selling (CPS) of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

“The Outstanding Partner Award is given to the CPS Partner that exhibits a high commitment to our sales students, the sales program and to the university sales education for the semester,” said Dr. Terry W. Loe, Director of Extended Relationships for the Center for Professional Selling.

This is the third year for the Outstanding Partner Award to be given and the first time GDP has received the award. The metrics to identify the Outstanding Partner Award includes a vote by sales students majoring in Professional Sales, CPS Staff and CPS Faculty and the level of involvement and engagement with the program and the students in our program,” said Dr. Terry W. Loe.

Kennesaw State University developed the first Professional Sales Major in 1989. The Center for Professional Selling has been recognized as one of the Top University Sales programs worldwide by the Sales Education Foundation since they began recognizing sales education. “The CPS has 20 Corporate Partners who are vetted to determine those organizations that have quality sales culture that would be most appropriate to be good role models and mentor the future generations of sales professionals,” said Dr. Terry W. Loe.

“GDP Technologies has been one of our outstanding partners since they have come on board. All of their representatives have exhibited in behavior, attitude and spirit their commitment to improving the Coles College of Business, Center for Professional Selling. GDP has been a critical partner in our being able to achieve our program’s mission and indeed they have been unwavering in reflecting the CPS’ vision: “You can have everything you want out of life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want out of life” (Zig Ziglar),” said Dr. Terry W. Loe.

This is the second year GDP has been partnered with the Center for Professional Selling. The five sales professionals, who have joined the GDP team, following graduation, have proven to be outstanding contributors. GDP prioritizes the CPS students into their company schedule by hosting lunch and learns on professional topics as well as speaking in various classes about the sales industry and best practices. They also host an open house for students to come and explore the corporate environment, as well as, conduct “ride days” matching interested students with sales professionals so they are able to see what a ‘day in the life’ of a sales professional is really like. These activities provide an environment where GDP can familiarize themselves with the students while providing them valuable experience for the future, regardless of their post-graduation career choice.

“KSU represents the pinnacle of Professional Selling curriculum; GDP covets the recognition from this esteemed program. All twenty of the chosen partners do an outstanding job in creating this award winning program, to be recognized among this group is outstanding. The award itself takes a backseat only to the satisfaction that comes from supporting these aspiring professionals in pursuing their craft,” said John Schweizer, President and CEO of GDP Technologies.

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