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Gabelli Alumnus Wins ’20/20′ On-Air Sales Challenge


Gabelli School of Business¬†alumnus Tommy Florio got a lesson in the art of the sell from Shark Tank‘s Kevin O’Leary, and netted himself a nice win on 20/20.

Florio, a 2015 grad who majored in business administration with a dual concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing, was among handful of college seniors and recent grads from across the country to appear on a special episode of ABC program, which aired on Oct. 2.

The¬†episode¬†featured hit show,¬†Shark Tank‚Äôs, “Mr. Wonderful,” Kevin O‚ÄôLeary, putting¬†college seniors through a sales boot camp on the¬†art of the sell, prepping them for the show’s second annual sales challenge. After the field was narrowed down to three, the newly minted sales force¬†headed to New York City‚Äôs Union Square Park to see which of the final contestants learned the most, in a competitive sales experiment captured on hidden camera.

The contestants had to sell cupcakes out of a truck from a company in which O’Leary had invested on Shark Tank, Wicked Good Cupcakes. O’Leary and ABC/ESPN anchor Hannah Storm provided live direction and commentary, and, in the end, Florio was the victor.

Christine Janssen-Selvadurai, the director of the¬†entrepreneurship program at the Gabelli School,¬†said she was¬†“so proud of Tommy Florio‚Äôs representation of Fordham.” Watch the segment of 20/20 here.


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