Elevator Pitch Competition Yields Prizes and Internships for Mike Cottrell College of Business Students

The Elevator Pitch Competition took place at UNG on November 20th. Sponsored by State Farm Insurance, this event offered students an opportunity to develop their own unique pitch and clearly communicate why a company should hire them. The competition took place over multiple rounds with various prizes and internships at stake.

During the first round of the competition, students presented a 30-60 second elevator pitch to numerous State Farm agents, explaining why State Farm should hire them. The nine State Farm agents, including Carla Boutin, Donna Minnich, Jason Sizemore, Jey Willis, Lee Towns, Parish Lowrie, Patti Young, Sheila Sanchez, and Nick Gardner, were separated in to three rooms, with each room picking their top three competitors who progressed to the final round. The nine finalists included Dani Berry, Sam Aiken, Brandon Jordan, Garret Carter, Madison Andrews, Sierra Porter, Patrick Seagraves, Shayna Lawrence, and Josh Cole. Each delivered their final pitches to an audience that included the nine judges. The judges selected the top three out of those nine, which included: Dani Berry, 1st place and winner of $1000; Brandon Jordan, 2nd place and winner of $750; and Sam Aiken, 3rd place and winner of $500. All nine finalists were also offered a paid internship with State Farm.

Organized by first-year Associate Professor of Professional Sales/Marketing, Dr. Cindy B. Rippé, this was the competition’s inaugural year at UNG. In reflecting on opportunities like the Elevator Pitch Competition, Dr. Rippé stated, “Whether students go into sales or not, they need to know how to sell themselves. This preparation is essential for getting a job after graduation. It also exposes them to professionals and to a professional situation where they have to interact outside of their comfort zone. The university is here to develop our students and prepare them for the workforce while meeting needs of industry and the community.

Dr. Rippé continued, “Our sales program is about creating success stories. Our Slogan is ‘Be Our Next Success Story.’ The competition helps students become a success story by preparing them for the skills they will need to get a job after graduation—the ability to sell themselves to a potential employer. We help companies become successful by introducing them to skilled students who can fill needs for internships and job openings. By doing these things, we benefit UNG as a whole, creating successes for all stakeholders.”