February 5, 2014

Fisher teams shine at finance case competition

ACG Cup case competition

MBA students R.H. Henry Benedict, John Tyler, Sam Richey and Patrick O’Brien with the ACG Cup

When Sam Richey found out about the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) investment banking case study competition, he and a team of three other Fisher MBA students jumped at the opportunity to participate.

“We’re all interested in finance at some level, and the idea of a mergers and acquisitions case competition sounded intriguing,” Richey said.

The team of R.H. Henry Benedict, Patrick O’Brien, John Tyler and Richey not only participated in the ACG Cup -- it won.

Students from Ohio schools spent a week preparing for the January 24 competition. Incorporating aspects of valuation, capital markets and strategic mergers and acquisitions, each team presented to a panel of finance professionals in Cleveland.

“It was a little intimidating at first knowing these people have made a career out of this and have been successful doing it,” Richey said. “Fortunately, things really came together for us. We have a great team dynamic. Everyone had his core competencies and different background.”

Fisher swept the top two spots at the competition, as the team of MBA students Joseph Clark and Dominic Porretta and Specialized Master in Business-Finance student Graham Kauffman finished second. In all, nine teams from Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace University, the University of Akron and The Ohio State University presented.

“I think it really says a lot about the type of students in our program,” said Richey, who was made aware of the competition through the Fisher Graduate Finance Association. “We take a lot of pride in competing and putting our best foot forward. Both teams were highly motivated and wanted to do a good job not just because we’re competitive people, but it’s a pride thing. We really wanted to show that Fisher has a lot of good finance people and that we could compete and make some noise in this competition.”

In addition to bringing home the ACG Cup and recognition at ACG Cleveland’s Deal Makers Awards dinner on January 30, Benedict, O’Brien, Tyler and Richey earned an expenses-paid trip to InterGrowth, ACG’s global conference. The event will be April 28-30 in Las Vegas and will provide the MBA students the chance to learn even more about investment banking and have expanded networking opportunities.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to increase our exposure not just to professionals in the Great Lakes region and the Midwest, but to be able to meet private equity and venture capital leaders from across the country,” Richey said. “It’s a chance to network but also to get the Fisher name out there and show that we take a lot of pride in what Fisher has to offer.”