Economic Development 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 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

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.