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New Center Will Enable Students to Develop Skills to Prepare for a Successful Career in Sales

FORT MYERS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 18, 2018-- Gartner, Inc. and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) today announced the opening of the Gartner Professional Sales Center on the FGCU campus in Fort Myers, Florida. The Center will replicate a private sales office where students who are enrolled in FGCU's new sales minor program will practice selling techniques while engaging in sales role-playing scenarios. Students will work with FGCU faculty and staff to learn the foundations of selling. The innovative technology inside the center will allow students to hone their sales skills in a simulated environment. The Gartner Professional Sales Center will provide FGCU students with a skill set that will prepare them for success in any desired career path.

"Gartner is committed to providing university students an environment that positions them to succeed, not only in college, but in their careers after school," said Joe Beck, executive vice president of worldwide sales at Gartner. "The Gartner Sales Center enables students to the master the craft of selling. In this laboratory, students get the chance to experiment with different approaches to selling. By creating various scenarios in the laboratory, students can harness the skills necessary to thrive as a sales professional."

FGCU will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 1 p.m. ET, which will be followed by a reception and tour of the Gartner Professional Sales Center. For more information on the ribbon cutting, please contact Nicole Russ at

About Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Gulf Coast University, a comprehensive institution of higher education, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs of strategic importance to Southwest Florida and beyond. FGCU seeks academic excellence in the development of selected programs and centers of distinction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, health professions, business, and marine and environmental sciences. Outstanding faculty and staff supported by a strong community of advisors prepare students for gainful employment and successful lives as responsible, productive and engaged citizens. FGCU emphasizes innovative, student-centered teaching and learning, promotes and practices environmental sustainability, embraces diversity, nurtures community partnerships, values public service, encourages civic responsibility, and cultivates habits of lifelong learning and the discovery of new knowledge.

About Gartner
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading research and advisory company. The company helps business leaders across all major functions in every industry and enterprise size with the objective insights they need to make the right decisions. Gartner's comprehensive suite of services delivers strategic advice and proven best practices to help clients succeed in their mission-critical priorities. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has more than 15,000 associates serving clients in 11,000 enterprises in 100 countries. For more information, visit

Source: Gartner, Inc.

Christy Pettey, +1 408-709-8124
Florida Gulf Coast University
Dr. Robert Beatty, +1 239-509-7300

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