The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales

Corporate Engagement

essps vision

Serving the Needs of the Business Community

  • Demand for non-retail sales people is expected to grow by 4% (6% for technical sales) through 2031, (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022)
  • University-trained sales graduates ramp up 50% faster and are 30% less likely to turnover than their non-university trained counterparts (Sales Education Foundation)
  • Sales program graduates require less training than their non-sales educated peers. The result is an average savings of +$180k per hire for their recruiting company (Sales Education Foundation)
  • Nearly 40% of a customer’s decision is based on the added value the salesperson brings to the relationship (Sales Education Foundation)
  • All sales professionals need initial and ongoing development - entry level, subject matter experts, career changers, experienced professionals, and leaders
  • The University of Toledo's Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales (ESSPS) is a sales talent development and recruitment provider of choice for companies like 3M, Hilti, ThermaTru, Owens Corning, Schindler Elevator Corporation, Fastenal, Rocket Companies, Thomson Reuters, and more.


Don't put the cart in-front of the horse by only posting in Handshake.  There are almost 18,000 jobs, and many are for business majors.  When it comes to professional selling (and business development), there are 1,700+ jobs.  Students gauge an organization's sales culture and approach by how they recruit.  Check your alignment and preparation before you connect


fueling tomorrows


Time, talent, and treasure from the business community and individuals combined with ESSPS faculty/staff make our collaborative impact possible.  ESSPS staff and operations are 100% externally funded.

We are grateful for our ESSPS Corporate Partners, UTISC Sponsors, Sales Leader Round Table, others who give, and those who purchase "we don't buy, we teach people how to sell" and other UToledo/ESSPS gear in our swag store.  Store is a pop-up that runs during parts of October, November, and April.

Diamond Corporate Partners

International Paper

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Platinum Corporate Partners

Ed Schmidt




Gold Corporate Partners

Therma Tru Logo

Rocket Mortgage Logo

Mediasite Logo

Owens Corning Logo

Airgas Logo

Thomson Reuters Logo

Shaw Industries Logo

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Recognized Recruiters

Northwestern Mutual Logo

Double A Solutions Logo

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Sherwin Williams





Last Updated: 6/1/23