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SIS Grad Team Wins Annual Kogod Financial Case Competition

By Martin Hermida, SIS/MA '09

A team of five SIS students in the IER Masters program won the Graduate 2009 Kogod-Gartenhaus Financial Competition.

The team Absolute Advantage with Martin Hermida (’09), Emily Hersh (’10), Robin Koepke (’10), Kate Mellor (’10), and Jon Menaster (’10) took first place among 16 teams. The 72 competitors were mostly MBA students,  but every school at AU was represented.

Absolute Advantage received a cash prize and earned a spot in the George Washington University School of Business International MBA Case Competition to compete in March against graduate students from prestigious U.S. and international universities.

This was the 17th annual case competition held by the AUKogod School of Business. Business case competitions present students with a real business case. Teams of students develop financial and business solutions to solve the problems of the case in a realistic fashion. Students are supposed to apply real finance, strategy and operations concepts in the simulation.

Each team gives a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation to a panel of three judges, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. Judges then choose three finalist teams to present their case to over sixty judges. The judges are prominent businesspeople from a variety of fields. Judges take into account analytical skills, the business plan, presentation skills and quality of research to pick the winning team.

This article originally appeared in the February 2009 SIS Outlook.