Kansas State University


Department of Marketing

Save the Date!! – Advanced Sales Class hosts 3rd Annual NSSI Benefit Auction Saturday, April 25, 2015

For the third year, the students of the NSSI Advanced Sales Class will be hosting the NSSI Benefit Auction.  Held at the Houston Street Ballroom on April 25, 2015 from 5:30 to +/-9:00 p.m., the auction will be a semi-formal affair featuring fine-dining with food from Coco Bolo’s, musical entertainment, and the auction services of The Canny Team of Johnson, Kansas. Stan Weber, a K-State favorite, will be serving as emcee, and Willie the Wildcat may stop by for a visit.

Auctioning KSU quilt

The 3rd Annual NSSI Benefit Auction allows our Advanced Sales students to learn about territory management, prospecting, phone sales, and the sales process in a real-world setting!  The students are working together to find items for the auction and sell the tickets to the event. As part of this process, they learn: (1) phone and voice mail skills; (2) how to manage their sales pipeline using customer relationship management software (Salesforce.com); (3) the importance of follow-up activities; and (4) mastery of the sales process.  Last year’s auction raised just under $20,000, with half of the net proceeds going to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Manhattan.  The remaining net proceeds were used to establish a scholarship fund for sales students.  Most importantly, because of the skills developed through the auction, all of our graduating students were placed in great jobs!

Last year’s auction was a great deal of fun; we hope to see you there this year! The students will be working hard to find great items for you to bid on; favorites from last year included football, basketball and baseball packages; a beautiful quilt; and artwork.  Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the auction starting promptly at 7:00 p.m.  If you cannot attend, this year’s auction will be broadcast online for remote bidding.  Additionally, this year’s sales scholarship winners will be announced at the auction.

Stay up-to-date on auction items and our students’ progress by liking our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/NSSIAuction.  Please contact Dr. Dawn Deeter (ddeeter@k-state.edu) if you are interested in obtaining tickets ($50 donation per ticket); or if you would like to donate an item, sponsor-a-student to attend the auction ($50), or sponsor a table ($500, $750, or $1000). To learn more about the NSSI, please visit our website at cba.k-state.edu/NSSI.  We look forward to seeing you April 25!