October 30, 2012

MBAs take first, second place at case competitions

Case competition winners

At the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Fisher MBAs Kevin VanderMolen,  A.J. Remlinger, Gregg Silver  and Beau Hammond finished first at the sixth annual Mergers and Acquisitions Case Competition. 

Another team of MBAs—James Jiang, Mark Giangiordano, and Bart Fredrick—achieved second-place honors during Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business third annual Bowersox Graduate Supply Chain challenge. The team was coached by Marc Ankerman.

In the M&A competition, Fisher’s first place team took home the $5,000 prize, defeating teams from such schools as Notre Dame, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon, and others. Karen Hopper Wruck, professor of finance and associate dean for graduate programs, served as the team’s faculty sponsor.

“This case competition was an ideal way for us to apply the knowledge we've gained in our first term at Fisher in a realistic setting outside the classroom,” Silver said. 

The teams worked through the night, conducting analyses and developing recommendations to present to a first round panel of judges.  After advancing to the second round, the teams presented to senior vice presidents from firms such as Wells Fargo, Legg Mason and Lockheed Martin.

“Kevin and A.J. leveraged a lot of their previous case competition experience to keep us focused, organized, and informed throughout the process,” Hammond said. “They set the tone for the competition from the start so when we stepped up in front of 100 people, including the director of M&A for Lockheed Martin, it was easy to execute our plan.”

At Michigan State, the competition involved a supply chain simulation developed at the Broad College in cooperation with several major corporations including Chrysler, Dow Chemical, Flextronics, IBM, and Motorola. Teams from nine of the top 15 ranked schools in supply chain management traveled to MSU to take on the challenge. Fisher brought home the $3,000 prize.

In the three years of the supply chain competition, Fisher has won it twice and finished second.