A Message from the Director: Save the Date

Dear Students, Coaches, Sponsors, and Volunteers,


Over the last twelve years, I have had the honor of meeting most of the program’s supporters and participants, and I am excited to bring another great competition to you in February 2020.


The Bayou Sales Challenge is known for its strong connection to the region because of its ties to supportive, well-regarded sponsors and volunteers.  While preparing students for success in sales or related careers, top-notch coaches bring their star students to compete in our two-day role-play competition.  Celebrating the talent we see each year is something I have always looked forward to because when these major pillars convene the students benefit greatly.  I am honored to carry the torch for a wonderful program that enables such a unique opportunity of impact.


The 2020 competition marks the seventeenth annual Bayou Sales Challenge and we are excited to have you join us!  Whether your role is a sponsor or coach, you can expect to experience a well-run competition with the same great southern charm and comradery. 


Students, coaches, and volunteers are the most valuable component of the Bayou Sales Challenge’s success.  I thank each of you for the inherent commitment of making a career in sales one that is worthy of recognition. 


Reach out to me should you have any questions, and cheers to this amazing opportunity to make an #impact with our students.




Laura Lott Valenti

Assistant Professor of Marketing

John C. Daigle Endowed Professor

Bayou Sales Challenge Director, and Nicholls Sales Team Coach


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The annual Bayou Sales Challenge is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a sales career to showcase their professional selling skills.  The 2020 participating schools are:

2020 Participating Universities

Florida State University

Louisiana State University


Nicholls State University

Ryerson University


Southeastern Louisiana University


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Kansas

University of Southern Mississippi

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