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Business Students Awarded at Case Competition

Business Students Awarded at Case CompetitionEach semester, years of business lectures and months of preliminary case presentations culminate in the Cameron School of Business Case Competition in which senior general business majors present their analyses on a pre-determined case study. This semester, Dr. Beena George’s seminar students took on the task of analyzing the current situation and future opportunities for Apple, Inc., and presented their findings on Nov. 30 at the Fall 2012 Case Competition.

Sixteen students were grouped into four teams to present their research and analyses to a panel of nine distinguished judges with a variety of professional backgrounds.

The first place team was comprised of Jack Brett, Michelle Jabbour, Samantha Knowles and Shawn Petricko. Mei Wan Tong, the president of the Cameron School of Business Advisory Board and director at Wells Fargo, donated the prize money for the competition, and presented the winning team with $500 at the awards luncheon.

Business Students Awarded at Case CompetitionStudents had the opportunity to meet with the judges during the awards luncheon and get a glimpse of what awaits them in the business world. For senior Shawn Petricko, the senior seminar experience gave him the ability to integrate everything that he had learned at the Cameron School of Business.

“With the guidance of Dr. George, and the help of my team, I really felt that I had the support to push myself to think critically about the projects, as well as have a little fun in the process,” Petricko said. “The case competition gave me the opportunity to use my skill set and rely on my teammates’ skills to come up with viable solutions to real world problems.”

Petricko plans to put those skills to work after graduation and continue on to graduate school.

Fellow senior and first place winner Samantha Knowles, said the course allowed her to engage in business activities such as teamwork, company analyses, operating a business and delivering well-planned presentations. The case competition helped her to “think outside of the box and not always take the safe route.” With these skills, Knowles hopes to continue working in the nonprofit sector in fundraising, marketing, community outreach and event planning.

Business Students Awarded at Case CompetitionJack Brett, who delivered the winning presentation, said the senior seminar experience helped him solidify business concepts from his other classes and gauge how prepared he was for the business world. He said Dr. George’s guidance and knowledge helped him gain the most he possibly could from the class.

“I now feel confident to go and find a job and will not be intimidated by tasks that at first seem impossible,” he said.

Brett plans to earn a degree in both finance and marketing, while playing his final year for the UST men’s soccer team.

The professional judges included: Jennifer Flores, Business Process Analyst at Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP; John Haynes, Chief Commercial Officer at Boardwalk; Richard Hyland, Co-Founder, Managing Director & Principal Consultant at Web Data Ventures; Vreij Kolandjian, Industry Partner at Yellowstone Capital, Inc. and Advisory Board Member at Linley Capital; Aileen McCormick, Chief Executive Officer at Amerigroup West Region; Philip Moore, Business Continuity Manager at Amegy Bank; David Stoner, Global Quality General Manager at Shell and member of Cameron School of Business Advisory Board; Rosalind Wyatt, founder of Marketing Elements and CoInside, and founder and president of Sustainable Houston; and Karen Yale, Director of Administrative Services at EP Energy and Vice President of Nominations for the Cameron School of Business Alumni Board.

Top Photo: Mei Wan Tong, Cameron School of Business Advisory Board Chair, fourth from left, presents a $500 check to winning team members Shawn Petricko, Michelle Jabbour, Samantha Knowles and Jack Brett.

Second photo: The team of Liem Nguyen, Benjamin Wallace, Felipe Onofre, and Peter Cortez also competed in the case competition.

Third photo: All competing students present gifts to the judges at the awards luncheon.