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Professional Sales Institute - Partners & Supporters

We are very proud to feature our Corporate Partners whose support and contributions allow us to develop Illinois State sales students as the sales stars and leaders of tomorrow, to support the sales profession with award winning sales research, and to provide leading edge executive development programs. We encourage you to learn more about each partner, and it's job and career opportunities by clicking on the company logo.

Platinum Level

Arthur J Gallagher & Company Arthur J. Gallagher & Company  

Our Company Purpose - We help you face your future with confidence. Everything we provide in Insurance, Risk Management and Consulting Services comes down to that one simple and powerful truth. We believe that in every organization, and in every person, there are dreams, desires and potential waiting to be fulfilled. We’ve never seen this business as “What might go wrong?”

To us, it’s always been, “What’s possible? What can we do together?


COUNTRY Financial COUNTRY Financial

COUNTRY Financial®  was formed by a group of Illinois farmers in 1925 as a fire and lightning insurance company. A year later, the company expanded and began to offer coverage for autos and equipment. Today, we have more than 3,000 employees and 2,000 financial representatives and offer a full range of products and services to meet your insurance and financial needs.

At COUNTRY Financial, we offer a career opportunity unlike any other in the industry. We understand that starting a new career or moving to a new company is not an easy task. Your next career move needs to be the right move for you, but how do you know that COUNTRY Financial and our opportunity is the right decision?

We can help. If you're looking for a sales opportunity that allows you to make a difference in the lives of others, provides a competitive salary plus bonuses and commissions, gives you the freedom to create your own schedule and spend time with your family, and provides in-depth training and ongoing support...then you’ve come to the right place.


C.H. Robsinson Worldwide, Inc. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (C.H. Robinson) is one of the largest third party logistics (3PL) companies in the world with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and South America. Simply put, we help our customers ship their products around the world, managing the transportation and logistics of all kinds of cargo from electronics to automobile parts to fresh produce.

Our customers include the people who supply raw materials and products (growers and manufacturers), the people who ship them (carriers), and the people who sell them (retail and grocery markets). We also provide our customers with valuable services and resources that drive efficiency into their systems and processes. The items that you purchase and consume every day are a direct result of the supply chain that we’ve helped keep in motion for the past 100 years.


Enterprise Rent A Car Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the largest car rental company in North America and arguably the world. We are a $9 billion company with more than 878,000 vehicles in our rental and leasing fleet, more than 64,000 employees and over 6,900 locations in the U.S., Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Since our origin in 1957, our employees have always been empowered to make decisions that greatly affect their work and their career. It is this philosophy along with an unyielding dedication to customer service that has made Enterprise a true success story and a truly unique place to work.

Enterprise is currently ranked #15 on the Forbes "Largest Private Companies in America" list and ranks #1 on the Black Collegian magazine's list of "Top 100 Employers of College Graduates." We are proud to have been named a Top Entry Level Job by the Princeton Review. We promote 100% from within based on performance only. At Enterprise, you'll gain valuable and highly marketable skills in every aspect of business management from sales and marketing and developing a staff to customer service and accounting. Yet, we're not all business all the time. Enterprise is also a tight knit culture, where great people really enjoy each other's company both in and outside of work.



Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi.

Want to work 1:1 with local merchants and help drive their sales growth and Groupon's success? Check out the Merchant Development Representative and Business Development Representative career opportunities.

If we match with you, please apply to join us.  Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN)



Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network offers a personalized approach to providing customized financial strategies tailored to each client's individual needs. Serving clients personal and business needs, our Financial Representatives represent exclusive access to a variety of world-class solutions and services from life insurance, disability income protection and education funding alternatives, to retirement planning, estate planning and business planning expertise. We are committed to providing valued advice and innovative solutions to help all our clients achieve their financial goals in today's complicated financial world.

The Effner Group Northwestern Mutual Chicago • Downers Grove • Naperville • Schaumburg

Northwestern Mutual Chicago • Downers Grove • Naperville • Schaumburg specializes in risk management, wealth accumulation, and wealth preservation for entrepreneurs and successful individuals. We are committed to long term relationships built on trust, challenge and integrity with our clients and their advisors. We ask of them only to take action that we ourselves, in the same situation, would take. Our Financial Representatives work closely with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network's group of trusted financial specialists in areas like retirement solutions, estate analysis, asset allocation, and small business needs analysis to ensure that your needs are looked at from every perspective.

The Bloomington-Normal Group The Bloomington-Normal Group

The Bloomington-Normal Group of Normal, Illinois specializes in risk management, wealth accumulation, and wealth preservation for entrepreneurs and successful individuals. Because preparing for your financial future can be complicated, and your set of circumstances unique, it's important that you have the help of highly trained and experienced professionals. Northwestern Mutual’s financial strength and consistent performance help clients achieve financial security. Through our local and Network offices, you have access to our financial representatives, advisors and specialists who can address your financial goals and objectives in areas like personal needs analysis, retirement solutions, estate analysis, asset allocation, and business needs analysis. We utilize a personalized approach that leads to customized recommendations that will help you make decisions that are right for you and those who depend on you.

Saint Gobain Saint-Gobain Abrasives

Saint-Gobain Abrasives is the world's largest building materials company, as well as a global leader in the production of high-performance materials and glass containers. Saint-Gobain's Ambition: To maintain worldwide leadership in "habitat" by offering innovative solutions that meet the fundamental global challenges of growth, energy and the environment.  Here in North America, Saint-Gobain recorded sales of $6.8 billion in 2009. We employ some

 19,000 people in more than 350 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Among the Saint-Gobain brand family are CertainTeed, Norandex, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Saint-Gobain Crystals, Saint-Gobain NorPro and Saint-Gobain ADFORS. 

 Gold Level

Caliber Smart Caliber Smart

Caliber offers a best of class summer time sales internship for Freshman-Seniors interested in developing their sales and communication skills in a fast paced competitive environment. Caliber is a retailer for home service products with 42 offices across the nation. Calibers primary partners are Dish, T-Mobile and ADT.

Caliber Intern Series from Caliber on Vimeo.

The HON Company The HON Company

Inspired by practicality and invested in understanding the needs of its customers, The HON Company strives to establish meaningful connections resulting in product solutions and customer support that exceed market demands. As a leading designer and manufacturer of workplace furniture including chairs, storage, panel systems, tables and desks, HON’s commitment to serving its customers is rooted in reliable performance and a member culture that is approachable, confident, smart and ready to serve.  Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, The HON Company has numerous manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout the United States, and markets its products through a nationwide network of loyal dealers and retailers. The HON Company is an operating company of HNI Corporation (formerly HON INDUSTRIES). For more information, visit

Key Mortgage Services Key Mortgage Services

Independent and family-owned, we’re a local full-service financial products provider leveraging the latest technology to help homebuyers save money and close on time, every time. 

Since the day we opened our doors in 1988, our mission has remained unchanged — to make homebuying easier. We service all of Chicagoland with in-house underwriting capabilities and a team of seasoned professionals trained to make sure we find the right loan for our customers — not for us. Our team of flexible investors allows us to offer a wide variety of niche products that banks and competitors just don’t have. 

We invest in our people, we value our partners, and we keep our clients happy. We tell our employees, our referral partners, and our borrowers with confidence that they can always count on us.

Employment opportunities in Chicago Lakeview, Crystal Lake, Glen Ellyn​, Naperville​​, Oak Park/River Forest, Orland Park​, Schaumburg


Lakeshore Financial Group Lakeshore Financial Group

Understanding Today’s Financial Environment.  Establishing a relationship with Lakeshore Financial Group makes available to you an organization that keeps its focus on your interests. Drawing upon a network of professionals at our home office and broker/dealer, we participate in dynamic business relationships that bring you innovative ideas, excellent service, and a broad spectrum of financial products. Through the collaborative efforts of insurance underwriters, investment managers, and pension administrators, we deliver an understanding of your financial needs in an ever-changing financial world.

Lakeshore Financial Group offers a range of financial products and services. We assist our clients by recommending products and services that are designed to help solve their risk and asset accumulation problems. By applying appropriate designs and selecting quality insurance and investment products, we help protect our clients’ wellbeing. In order to live up to our clients’ expectations, we are committed to putting their needs and interests first. Whether it’s a retirement plan, an estate plan, or a business succession plan, our goal is to build and maintain long term relationships based upon integrity, performance, and responsiveness.


 Think about all your favorite movie soundtracks… no two are alike, but they all have the power to inspire true emotion. Just as a great soundtrack brings a movie to life, music works wonders for your business too.

As the world’s leading audio branding agency, PHMG works with 36,000 clients across the globe – and we’re ready to make music with you.


Qualtrics Qualtrics

Account Executives at Qualtrics develop an unusually wide range of skills. AEs are responsible for the full sales cycle — from prospect to close — and because the Qualtrics platform is so flexible, they must be comfortable selling to an almost limitless array of decision makers, in Marketing, Sales, Engineering, and beyond.

To learn about the experience firsthand, we spoke with four team members – George Saadeh (Sr. Manager, Corporate Sales), Melissa Nock (Sr. Account Executive, Corporate Sales), Abraham Darais (Manager, Corporate Sales), and Kelsey Brooke (Account Executive, Corporate Sales) about the Sales team’s training, culture, and rapid growth.

Speaking of which — the team is hiring! Check out open roles to learn more.


Rite-Hite Holding Corporation  Rite Hite Holding Corporation

In 2015, Rite-Hite celebrated its 50 year anniversary and we recognize that our employees are a key factor in our success. The company prides itself on providing growth and career development opportunities and a great working environment, evidenced by the average employee tenure of 12.5 years. We have many different career options that include Accounting, Information Technology, Engineering, Sales Support, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Service Technicians, and more.

Rite-Hite® is a world leader in the manufacture, sale, and service of loading dock equipment, industrial doors, safety barriers, HVLS fans, industrial curtain walls, and more – all designed to improve safety, security, productivity, energy consumption, and environmental control. Comprised of seven separate corporations, the family-owned company was founded in 1965 by Arthur K. White, father of Rite-Hite’s current owner and chairman, Michael White. The company, headquartered in  Milwaukee, WI, employs over 2,200 worldwide, maintaining more than 30 representative organizations in 100 locations throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Manufacturing locations include Memphis, TN; Dubuque, IA; Kunshan, China; Volkmarsen, Germany; Aarhus, Denmark; Liepaja, Latvia; and Jawor, Poland.


Sherwin Williams Company Sherwin Williams Company

The Sherwin-Williams Company has more than 2,600 company-owned stores in 50 states, Canada, Mexico and is the U.S. market leader in distribution and sales of coatings and coating-related products. Sherwin-Williams has yearly revenues exceeding $6 billion and is ranked among the top U.S. Fortune 400 companies, while setting standards of excellence within the coatings industry. Established in 1866, the Sherwin-Williams Company is listed in Fortune Magazine as "America's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2005!"

The Sherwin-Williams Company is America's largest manufacturer and marketer of paint, industrial and commercial coatings, and has your career covered with solid advancement opportunities, competitive earning potential and great benefits. Seeking new or soon-to-be college grads for our Manager Trainee Program/Entry-Level Sales Reps.

Sherwin Williams Company Softchoice

Softchoice has spent the past 30 years helping people and organizations unleash their potential through people and technology. Working hand-in-hand with the world's most disruptive brands, we challenge customers to think differently about how they leverage technology, teaching them fresh insights and tailoring innovative solutions to provide new ways of thinking about digital transformation.

What makes us a Great Place to Work 14 years running? Our people. They are our greatest asset, and we love seeing them demonstrate our values every day by taking care of each other, having customer passion, and owning the end result. We celebrate and foster a culture of inclusion and fairness, where we encourage our employees to embrace their diverse interests, experiences, and backgrounds by bringing their whole selves to work every day.

Tek Systems TEKsystems

TEKsystems, a subsidiary of staffing giant Allegis, provides IT consulting and staffing services from locations in North America and Europe. TEKsystems® is the nation's leading technology staffing and services company. Combining a proven track record of superior performance, a quality-focused approach to service delivery, and the highest-caliber technical professionals in the market, TEKsystems helps our clients successfully plan, build, and run their critical technology initiatives.

Considered one of the nation's largest IT staffing firms, the company places more than 10,000 technical professionals each week, who work in a variety of fields including biotechnology, telecommunications, and construction and engineering. Our capabilities include IT and communications staff augmentation and direct placement services; managed, project-based, and outsourced applications and infrastructure services; and education services.TEKsystems has some 90 offices serving more than 5,500 clients. In addition, the company runs the website, which is an online job board for technical staff.

United Rentals United Rentals

Founded in 1997, United Rentals is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with a store network nearly three times the size of any other provider, and locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces.


Silver Level


Crown Equipment Corporation

Crown Equipment Corporation

Crown is one of the world’s largest material handling companies with a reputation for award-winning product design, advanced engineering and technology, and superior after-sale service. Crown produces a broad range of forklifts as well as automation and fleet management technologies.

The company’s global headquarters is located in New Bremen, Ohio, with regional headquarters in Australia, China, Germany and Singapore. Crown employs more than 10,700 people worldwide and operates a service and distribution network that exceeds 500 retail locations in over 80 countries. Locally, Crown has 3 facilities in Central and Northern Illinois. Nationally, there are opportunities throughout the U.S. at our 60+ U.S. retail locations.    

Continual training, learning, and personal growth are part of the culture we promote at Crown. We strive for our employees to maintain a rewarding and active work/life balance. These are among the many reasons why Crown enjoys industry-leading employee retention rates and attracts career-minded individuals interested in pursuing a lifetime of success. Browse current co-op and employment opportunities.


Since 1967 Fastenal has grown as a distributor of industrial and construction supplies from a single branch to over 2,500 locations, each providing tailored local inventory and personal service for our customers. As we've expanded across the world, we've retained a core belief in people and their ability to accomplish remarkable things - if given the opportunity. From this philosophy stems an entrepreneurial culture that challenges every employee to run their own business, create their own success, and advance to become company leaders. 

As a growth company with a solid financial position, that typically doubles in size every four to five years, we are committed to training, promoting from within, and creating opportunities for our employees. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are looking to make your mark as part of an elite growth company, you won't find a better fit than Fastenal. 

 Internships available.

Herc Rentals Inc. HERC RENTALS INC

Herc Rentals Inc. (NYSE: HRI) is an equipment rental firm committed to providing its customers with unparalleled service and expert solutions needed to take on the most demanding jobs. With more than 50 years of equipment rental expertise, our growing team consists of more than 5,000 employees and 270 company-owned branches.

Herc Rentals continues to evolve and grow through technological innovations, expanded product offerings, value-added services and consultative services that support its customers' construction, industrial, remediation and maintenance projects. We aspire to be the supplier, employer and investment of choice in our industry, with core values that promote a culture built on honesty, excellence, respect, and commitment.


Bronze Level


Ashley Furniture HomeStore– Central Illinois Ashey Furniture HomeStore

In less than 10 years, Ashley Furniture HomeStore has become the No. 1 selling furniture store brand in the world and the No. 1 retailer of furniture and bedding in the United States. Our stores are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Japan, and we are expanding domestically and abroad every day.

The AFHS of Central Illinois stores are locally owned and operated by Mike & Sheila Bruegge and their parent company Bruegge & Co. Because our store owners and their team members live and work in the same areas in which their stores are located, we have better insight into our customers' needs and preferences at the local level. We are committed to our customers, and we want to ensure they have an excellent experience when shopping at our stores or visiting us online at We understand that when our customers buy furniture, they are furnishing their home--where precious memories are made. Our store associates are trained to inspire you creatively and prepared to offer the highest levels of service at each step in the shopping process.





Paychex, Inc. is an American provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing services for small- to medium-sized businesses. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 605,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2017.

Tom James Company Tom James Company

Tom James is the world’s largest manufacturer and retailer of custom clothing, and the engine behind some of the world’s most established tailored clothing brands. As one of the few remaining vertically integrated clothing retailers—meaning we control the entire manufacturing process ‘from sheep to suit’—we offer unparalleled value to those with an eye for quality.

But that’s not really who we are. To understand us deeply, you have to understand the principles we were founded on: We build people, and people build the business. We serve an elite clientele with an exceptional product. At the heart of that experience is the Tom James Sales Professional. Our corporate focus is to make sure our people have every opportunity to achieve their personal and professional goals through our opportunity. We know our people will work harder and more enthusiastically to achieve the life they want for themselves than they will to achieve a corporate goal, so everything we do is designed to help our people identify their true vision for the life they want to lead, and to tailor our career opportunity to fit that vision.

We succeed together.  By helping our partners realize their dreams, we as a business realize our own.  We win because they win.


Young America Realty Young America Realty


Young America Realty.  Sales internship with training and development.  Advance your interpersonal communication, leadership & teamwork.  Develop real estate industry experience, advance your understanding of investment property.

How many millions of dollars in sales will you put on your resume?

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