In 1951, Lloyd L. Antle, an Ohio University graduate and professor of Marketing at Georgia State University (formerly Georgia State College), conceived the idea that the sales profession should have a professional fraternity of its own. Mr. Antle spoke to two other professors - Dr. William H. Harris and Dr. Henry O. Baker - who agreed that in the ensuing years sales and marketing would become a vital force in the economy. These three men, Lloyd Antle, Dr. William Harris, and Dr. Henry Baker, approached Mr. Lewis F. Gordon for his ideas. In addition to being a charismatic and energetic marketing executive, Mr. Gordon had helped to found the Sales and Marketing Executives(SME) association of Atlanta and was a natural choice to help design the first collegiate fraternity in marketing, sales management, and selling.
All four men were members of SME Atlanta. They approached other members, gained their support, set up organizational meetings, and worked diligently to develop plans. After an entire year of planning, with all involved contributing considerable time, effort, and finances, the foundation for this new organization was laid. With input from students, professionals and our founders, five essential aspects of Pi Sigma Epsilon were developed: the Statement of Purpose, Constitution and Bylaws, Creed, Key and Ritual of Initiation. The Greek letters of Pi Sigma Epsilon were carefully chosen to represent members of the fraternity.
Prospective Sales Executives (collegiate)
Preparers of Sales Executives (educators)
Professional Sales Executives (professionals and alumni)
The Fraternity was incorporated under the Georgia Laws of Incorporation on May 14, 1952, and our first chapter, Alpha, was installed at Georgia State University (formerly Georgia State College).
About Pi Sigma Epsilon - Beta Kappa
The Beta Kappa Chapter was rechartered by Laboni Bagchi, Heather Nakamura, and Krystal Betanzos in 2012. Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) is the only national, co-ed, professional fraternal organization in sales, marketing, and management. Since 2012, our chapter has grown from having only 3 members to having over 60 colleagues.
During Fall 2014, we hosted our first Western Regional Conference. Regional Conferences are consisted of sales competitions such as Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon and the Speakers competition, guest speakers who show us their journey in the professional world, and Round Tables, which encourage members to share ideas amongst other chapters. We also competed with other schools such as Cal State Fullerton, San Diego State University and UC Berkeley. Not only does PSE help our members grow professionally, but it also encourages our members to be well rounded students. Throughout the year, we do events to promote professional development, fundraising, philanthropy, and socials. We have a diverse group of majors in our chapter that are involved in many other organizations on campus. Our chapter ensures that each member receives the full benefits of being a part of PSE with professional and off-campus activities. We also hosted the Western Regional Conference once again during Fall 2015. Our members took home 1st and 2nd place in the Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon, as well as 1st place in the Speakers competition.