About NSN Philadelphia
National Sales Network was founded by a group of African-American sales and sales management professionals in Newark, New Jersey, June 1992. The initial purpose and objective was to develop a national organization that could meet the needs of the African-American sales professional. Several well-established Black professional organizations served as examples of how instrumental an organization of this magnitude could be in providing networking opportunities for sales professionals.
• Providing training & development for Sales Professionals
• Providing career development strategies for Sales Professionals
• Being a resource center for Sales Professionals
• Providing a networking forum for Sales Professionals
• Encouraging philanthropy in Sales Professionals
To become the organization of choice that supports a diversity of sales professionals in meeting their training and developmental needs.
The Black MBA’s, Black Accountants, Black Data Processors, Black Bankers and Black Engineers served as prime examples. While there were local industry focused organizations of African-American sales organizations in different parts of the country, there was no single organization designed to meet the needs of the African-American sales professional. The founders of National Sales Network were determined to establish a national organization that could serve the professional needs of the African-American sales professionals regardless of industry, location or job level.
Since the inception of National Sales Network in June 1992, the organization has experienced explosive growth. Chapters have been established in Newark, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Charlotte, Houston and Dallas. In September of 1996 the organization conducted its first national conference in Somerset, NJ. Since that time conferences have been conducted in Chicago (1997), Philadelphia (1998), Washington DC (1999), Atlanta (2000), Houston (2002), Detroit (2003).
Conference attendance has grown significantly over the years and the NSN conference has become the premiere event of the year for African-American sales professionals to attend. The conference has featured such speakers as George Fraser, Susan Taylor, Tony Brown, Dennis Kimbro and Ed Gordon. The conference job fair has grown to include over 25 companies that have provided major career opportunities to the NSN membership.
In summary, NSN was formed to fill the void created by the lack of a professional organization designed to specifically for the African-American sales and sales management professional. The original purpose of the organization was and still is to enhance the skill development of sales and sales management professionals while providing a forum for networking within the profession.