Taking full advantage of the opportunity to serve as consultants for a company recognized as a leader in women’s fashion, a team of MBA students from Fisher recently put together a presentation that impressed company representatives and earned the team a victory at Fisher’s Big Ten+ Case Competition.

Members of Fisher’s winning team included Catherine Banton, Kyle Bushey, Matthew Nordman and Tada Yamamoto. The team was coached by Marc Ankerman, senior lecturer of Management and Human Resources.

“An experience such as this one allows us to put our classroom knowledge to practical use and simulate something we will actually see on the job,” Yamamoto said. “As a consultant, I also enjoyed competing directly against other schools as the pitch for the project with a client is what I expect to see in the future. It was a fun and engaging experience that put my classroom knowledge to practical use.”

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MBA students from Fisher recently captured the Big Ten+ Case Compeition. Members of the team included, from left, Matthew Nordman, Tada Yamamoto, faculty coach Marc Ankerman, Catherine Banton and Kyle Bushey.

The three-day competition, formerly known as the Fisher Invitational, drew schools from across the country. While at Fisher, teams engaged with representatives from The Limited to address ways to help the Columbus-based company expand its client base. Teams conducted a site visit to its Easton Towne Center location and took part in a Q&A session with company executives prior to their final presentations.

“It was a fun, relevant and contemporary case,” Banton said. “We were given lots of information and, as students, it was valuable to have real data and real situations to analyze. It was also challenging in that we had to be prepared for everything. I think that really benefitted us, because our presentation included every possible scenario, question, criticism or pushback that we might have encountered.”

Fisher’s team topped representatives from Big Ten universities including, Penn State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin as well as Washington University. The National Center for the Middle Market served as the competition’s sponsor.

“After learning it has been several years since Fisher has brought home a victory, we were very proud to keep the win here,” Yamamoto said. “Fisher is a place that is almost literally becoming a home for many of us—and it feels great to be able to be able to represent the school in the best possible way.”