Business Watch: KSU sales team wins international event

Morgan Chilson is The Capital-Journal’s business reporter.

I’m back from vacation, only because I wasn’t able to find a job and stay in London. I’d like to spend at least a year there, exploring all the wonderful historic sites, the markets and making jaunts to nearby France, Scotland and Ireland.

 

Guess I’ll be saving those plans for retirement. We had a wonderful trip, challenged a little by the flu, which hit all three of my children, two pretty severely. I wrote about the impact of influenza locally on Friday, and with every word I thought of the high fever and general misery my kids experienced. Luckily, none of us older folks got it on the trip. As my 15-year-old son reminded me, “It can kill you old people.”

Yeah. Thanks.

I returned to my usual long story list and lots to do, which is (mostly) what I love about my profession. If I’m bored, it is definitely my own fault.

We’ll be wrapping up Top Tank next month — I can’t wait to see who wins and I’m putting together some final stories on the competition. The health care special section I was working on before I left printed Jan. 7, but I still have a pile of story ideas from all of those interviews. Health care is such a rapidly evolving industry and so critical to every single person that I never lack a desire to write more about it.

Wildcat team wins at International Collegiate Sales Competition

The Kansas State University Sales Cat team beat out a field of 70 of the top university sales programs to win the overall team championship at the 2017 International Collegiate Sales Competition.

Hosted each year by Florida State University, the International Collegiate Sales Competition is the largest and most prestigious university sales competition in the world.

The Kansas State University team is comprised of students in the College of Business Administration’s National Strategic Selling Institute. Making up the winning team at the contest were Lanessa Aurand, sophomore in business, Belleville, and Rachel Kipper, senior in marketing with a minor in economics, Olathe.

In addition to their team championship, Kipper also won first place in the individual competition, with Aurand taking home third runner-up honors out of a field of 140 student competitors. This was the second overall team championship win for the pair this fall, after also winning the E.J. Gallo Sales Competition at the University of Missouri in October. Aurand also won first place in the individual competition at that event.

AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet available in rural Kansas

Residents and small businesses are included in the initial underserved rural locations in Kansas where AT&T has launched Fixed Wireless Internet. Part of the company’s FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has worked to make high-speed internet available to more than 440,000 homes and small businesses in hard to reach locations across 18 states by the end of 2017. The goal is access for more than 1.1 million locations by the end of 2020.

Counties in Kansas included in the announcement include Chautauqua, Cowley, Douglas, Leavenworth, Lyon, Montgomery, Nemaha, Saline, Shawnee and Wabaunsee. AT&T plans to reach more than 35,000 locations with this technology across Kansas by 2020, a news release said.

“For many families and communities, access to broadband service offers new and meaningful economic, educational and health care opportunities,” said Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. “The launch of this service is an important step forward for Kansans in rural and underserved areas and is a significant investment by AT&T to help close the connectivity gap in our state.”

Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses.

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