The Eastern Kentucky University School of Business has seen a major investment for the Center of Professional Sales.
A $1 million gift from Louis and Maribeth Berman, of Louisville, has enabled the School’s Center for Professional Sales, which now bears the Bermans’ name, to secure space and equipment, increase faculty support and provide for scholarships and more competition opportunities for students.
According to a press release from EKU, the program currently offers a sales certificate, but will expand to encompass a minor in Spring 2021, followed by a major.
Louis Berman is a senior vice president with AssuredPartners.
“Having spent most of the last 40 years hiring, training and mentoring sales people, I recognize the need for a pipeline of more sales professionals. Most recently, at my company, we have been looking to sales programs across the country to recruit new sales professionals. Additionally, sales people are high-income earners and have the personality to give back,” Louis Berman said in a press release.
Currently, more than 60 EKU students are pursuing a sales certificate through the program, with more enrolled in one or more classes, according to Executive Director Lee Allison, who spent decades in sales prior to joining the EKU faculty.
“It is impossible to overstate the benefits that accrue to the University, our students and our service region as a result of the Bermans’ commitment and philanthropy to Eastern Kentucky University,” Allison said in a press release.
The Berman Center for Professional Sales includes sales labs, made possible by the Bermans, where students can build on their sales skills via recorded role-playing sessions.