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Marketing Graduates Land Key Positions

UNA Center for Professional Selling

Director of UNA’s Center of Professional Selling and Assistant Professor of Marketing, Jerome Gafford, led a group of UNA seniors to the National Collegiate Sales Competition in Atlanta, Ga., this past April, where they had the opportunity to interview with prestigious companies. Several students landed excellent jobs with multi-million and multi-billion dollar companies. 

“We are excited and proud to see our students begin these new career paths following their time at UNA,” Gafford says. “Professional selling encompasses all aspects of the business world. Based on input from our company partners, the UNA Center for Professional Selling helps our students develop the knowledge and skill set needed to be successful in this demanding business field. Our graduates represent the character, tenacity, and motivation sought by top national and international businesses. We wish them the best of luck as new alumni of UNA and look forward to having them back to visit our classes and share their experiences with current students.” 

Abbie Hellum graduated in May 2015 with a BBA in Professional Marketing with a concentration in Professional Selling and a minor in Spanish. She interviewed and was offered a job with Gartner Research in Ft. Myers, Fla. She starts this fall as an Account Executive.  

Lauren Copeland graduated in May 2015 with a BBA in Professional Marketing with a concentration in Professional Selling and a minor in management. She interviewed with ADP and has accepted a position in Nashville, Tenn., as an Account Executive for their small business division. 

RJ Stein graduated in May 2015 with a BBA in Professional Marketing with a concentration in Professional Selling. He interviewed and was offered a position with Bloomberg BNA Research. He will begin as an Account Executive this fall in Washington, DC. 

Andrew Mahan graduated in May 2015 with a BBA in Professional Marketing with a concentration in Professional Selling. He interviewed with several companies and accepted a position as an Account Executive with Echo Global Logistics, which he began this summer in Nashville, Tenn.

Suzy Owens graduated in May 2015 with a BBA in Professional Marketing with a concentration in Professional Selling. She interview with Fastenal in January 2015 and took a part-time position in Huntsville, Ala. Upon graduation she has moved in a full time role in Aerospace and Defense Sourcing for Fastenal. 

To learn more about the Center for Professional Selling, please contact Jerome Gafford (jmgafford@una.edu) or at 256-765-5068.

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