The Basic Sales Certificate Program


The Basic Sales Certificate Program Fall 2022

No one is born an excellent presenter or salesperson.

Understanding how to engage with a customer, employer, in person and to present to them can easily be learned.

It is, without hesitation, a skill every UNH student should graduate with.  The Patten Basic Sales Certificate Program is open to all students who want this essential skill!

The ECenter has partnered with James McIlroy and the UNH Sales Club to offer this exceptional opportunity.



Learn about introductions, proper greetings, engaged questions, building rapport, value propositions, ways to present yourself and the fundamentals of selling… and more!

Even better: put what you have learned to practice at the UNH Sales Main Events including Speed Sell, Women in Sales, and our Fall Sales Networking Night.

Not only will you walk away with essential life skills, but also other benefits including $1,000 in total bonus prizes!

Each student who completes the certification process (details below) will receive a certificate of completion, a high-end swag item, and be entered in a drawing to

win one of five $200 cash gift certificates!



Email to be included in the Basic Sales Certificate Program

REQUIRED For Certification

Attend at least 3 Sales Club/Patten Basic Sales Certificate Meetings

Wednesdays in Hamilton Smith room 105 from 6-7:30

Meetings the following dates: 

  • September 21, 2022
  • October 5, 2022
  • October 19, 2022
  • November 2, 202

Additional Meetings & Location TBD

AND Participate in at least 2 of 3 UNH Sales Main Events:


September 16, 2022, 10 am - 2 pm. MUB Granite State Room


October 20, 2022, 3 pm - 5:30 pm. MUB Granite State Room


December 5, 2022, 5:30 - 8 pm. Victory Club Wildcat Stadium

About Harry Patten '58

Harry Patten '58, Chairman of the Board and CEO, National Land Partners, LLC

Harry Patten is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of National Land Partners, LLC. His storied rise from Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman to CEO has the makings of an American legend. After leaving UNH to work at Kirby, he quickly rose to the top of his company. Realizing he had an aptitude for sales, Harry turned his talents towards land deals. The success that followed saw Harry become one of the foremost buyers and sellers of rural and recreational land in America. Between 1980 and 1984, Harry grew the Patten Corporation from $3M in revenue to $11M. When he took the company public in 1985, the Patten Corporation stock outperformed all expectations. Over the past 40 years, he has generated more than $1B in sales.

Harry’s forte and success has been in acquiring undeveloped rural properties and subdividing them into parcels sold mainly to residents of metropolitan areas for recreational, retirement, or investment purposes. In 1987, he was selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the year’s 50 Most Fascinating Business People. In 1988, he was featured in a front page article of The Wall Street Journal. In 1992, he was included in the official registry of the Who’s Who of American Business Leaders.

Harry’s success in business is matched only by his philanthropic drive. In 2011, Harry was honored with the Horatio Alger Association’s Distinguished American Award and over the years has mentored scholars selected by the organization. He is heavily engaged with his alma mater, being a supporter of the UNH Entrepreneurship Center since its inception and serving on the UNH Foundation Board of Directors. In 2018, he fulfilled his life-long interest in service dogs and through his generosity became a member of the Cornerstone Society of Southeastern Guide Dogs. His passion for supporting youth education resulted in the publication of the book What Kids Need to Succeed, which he co-authored with his daughter, Andrea. His other areas of philanthropy include High Hopes for Haiti, Junior Achievement, and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Harry was inducted into the UNH Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2019.