College of Business

Letter From Our Executive Director

Executive Director- Tom Villa

August 21, 2023

Welcome back to the fall semester!

The Seufferlein Sales Program (SSP) finished the 2022/2023 academic school year with 544 students enrolled in our program representing 64 different majors! Whether you are an engineering, IT, communications, liberal arts, computer science, really any major,  we want you to come check out our 21 unit sales certificate. Why? We teach how to more effectively articulate a thought which is needed no matter what your academic focus is here at Chico State.

For the first time in our programs history, we competed outside of the United States at the European Sales Competition (ESC) in Apeldoorn The Netherlands. It was an amazing event and allowed our top students the opportunity to compete outside of the US and meet other students from 22 European universities. We have already been invited back next year to the ESC which will be held in Helsinki, Finland.

Our Calendar of Events (Google Sheet) for the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic school year involves our students in 10 sales competitions that includes Hawaii, Finland, Florida, Oregon and Arizona. Competing in a sales competition is how you “connect the dots” to hone your skills and we encourage all students enrolled within our program to compete in our Sweet 16, Western States, CSSI (Chico State Sales Invitational) events.

I would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors who provide both financial but personal support to our program. We simply can not do what we do without corporate sponsorships and we are always looking for new partners who are engaged and want to come to campus to meet and hire our students.

Finally, to our leadership, my staff, the faculty and all of our students within the Seufferlein Sales Program, my sincere thanks for allowing me to lead this program. 

Happy but not satisfied…………Go SSP Wildcats!!!

Thomas P. Villa
Executive Director – Seufferlein Sales Program

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Thomas Villa
Executive Director 

Kristen Chatham
Program Manager

Finn Blacker
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Natalie Bourn
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Chad Haller
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Hannah Taft
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Tyler Shaw
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Letter from the Executive Director

"The Seufferlein Sales Program finished an incredible 2022, exceeding 500 students enrolled in our program that represent 61 majors and supported by 39 corporate sponsors!" Read the whole letter for our Executive Director here.

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