A Little Pre-Holiday Good News

Yesterday I got the email that I had been waiting for all week.

Dear Michael Hrostoski:

Congratulations!  We would like to invite you to participate as a finalist in the 2010 Wake Forest MBA Marketing Summit, to be held February 4-6, 2010 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.  We were very impressed with your team’s submission, and are confident that you will be able to provide some excellent solutions for our sponsor, IBM.

Me: “Whoo-hoooooooo!”

The Wake Forest MBA Marketing Summit Case Competition is one of the most prestigious case competitions in the country. Last year’s finalists were: The University of Chicago (Booth), The University of California at Berkeley (Haas), The University of Virginia (Darden), The University of Washington (Foster), Harvard University (HBS), Notre Dame University (Mendoza), Wake Forest University (Babcock)  and The Ohio State University (Fisher).

This year there were 83 submissions from MBA programs nationally and internationally, so to send a Fisher team two years in a row is a great accomplishment in itself. Having participated in several case competitions last year, I learned first-hand how great our MBA business communication department is (especially considering that the MBA business communication department is just Marc Ankerman).

This year’s team was hand-selected from our Big 10 and CIBER case competition teams. We spent several early morning and weekend hours during this incredibly busy quarter discussing ideas for our application video, working on the script, shooting footage, and working on application essays. Chad Stutz is magic behind the camera, so we turned out a very professional yet hilarious application video that will be premiered at Fisher Follies. This year’s team (Vandana, Eduard, Jeremy, Seth, Chad, Ryan and myself) is ready to do whatever it takes to come home with the grand prize of $50,000. With the varying skill sets and backgrounds on this team I think we have a great chance.

Wish us luck!

Mike ^_^