Economic Growth and Innovation Newsroom


City Launches Pilot Sales Training Institute

Tuesday November 20, 2012

Citing sales positions as the number one unfilled job in Louisville, Mayor Fischer announced a new Sales Training Institute for participants to learn what it takes to be a successful sales representative.

The Mayor's Sales Institute will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 1 to 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Room, Main Library, 301 York Street, North Bldg., basement level.

“We have many job openings and many people in our community without a job, so it only makes sense to play matchmaker in helping job seekers and employers find each other,” Fischer said. “We are focused on being a community of lifelong learners, and whether you are ready to enter a new career field or take your career to a new level, you can find a new learning opportunity with the Sales Institute.”

The institute, led by Malone Solutions, a recruiting, staffing and employee training company, will be for participants only during a 3 ½ hour training program, from 1 – 4:30 p.m. Between 5 and 6:30 p.m., sales professionals from local companies will lead mock sales role-playing activities with the participants, giving them a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Representatives from local companies, such as communications products and services, financial services, investments, insurance and consumer products, will meet one-on-one with participants from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss career opportunities.

"Trained sales professionals continue to be in demand with employers in our region. The Mayor's Sales Institute is a perfect opportunity for candidates to gain sales-oriented training from top employers in the region and make a job match," said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks.

To register for the event, interested job seekers should go to www.kentuckianaworks.org/msi. There is a short qualification requirement, and some available positions require a high school diploma/GED and some require a bachelor's degree.

Employers with sales openings and an interest in participating in the event should contact Eric Brown at Malone Solutions, 502.262.9904 or ebrown@jcmalone.com.

Participating employers to date include Liberty Mutual, US Voice and Data, Lifetime Financial, State Farm, and Malone Solutions. Louisville Free Public Library is a partner in the Mayor’s Sales Institute.

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