Professional selling students earn accolades, prize money at National Shores Sales Challenge

Students from Appalachian State University traveled to Salisbury, Maryland to compete in the National Shores Sales Challenge (NSSC) April 5-6.

Senior marketing major Kennedy Burton, senior supply chain management major Christine Parker and senior management major Cody Zimmerman formed the team, competing against their peers from 40 business schools nationwide in role-play and speed-selling competitions. 

Parker placed third overall, earning $500 in prize money for her efforts, and Zimmerman tied for sixth.

Student coaches Nick Alberse and Heatherlyn Hardesty and faculty coaches James FylesBarrett Garner and Bonnie Guy supported the team. During their travels, the group was hosted by Jim and Chris Perdue at their family's home, where the students met and spent time with them and Perdue CEO Kevin McAdams.

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"The team has worked hard to prepare during the spring semester," said Garner. "Christine, Cody and Kennedy well represented the Walker College of Business and Appalachian State University."

NSSC is the third largest professional selling competition in the United States and is hosted by Salisbury University's Perdue School of Business and sponsored by Perdue Farms. 

About the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management

At Appalachian State University, students in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management learn to drive industry initiatives that develop customer satisfaction and retention, contribute to company profits and build connections with suppliers, distributors and the community. Students majoring in marketing may select a concentration in general marketing, digital marketing or sales. Students majoring in supply chain management learn about logistics, operations, strategic sourcing, process improvement strategies and supply chain technologies, enabling them to help future employers reduce costs, improve profits and expand their markets. Learn more at

From left are Cody Zimmerman, Christine Parker, Barrett Garner, Kennedy Burton and Heatherlyn Hardesty
Published: Apr 29, 2024 3:54pm