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Marshall Scores in Fall Case Competitions
MBA Teams Place First in GE Contest and Second in Deloitte and ROMBA Challenges
November 2, 2012 • by News at Marshall

Marshall MBA students scored big in several of this fall’s most prestigious business case competitions. On Oct. 19, a Marshall team placed first in the 2012 GE ECLP West Regional Case Competition. The competition, held at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, asked teams to use the "Industrial Internet" to make the aviation industry more efficient and to define a model for this. The team, which consisted of first-year, full-time Marshall MBA students Raul Sananes, Minyan Gu, Gavin Johnson and Ketan Chaudhry, won $3,000 in addition to the top honor.

On Oct. 20, teams from Marshall made their marks in case competitions hosted in Boston and Nashville. A Marshall team, composed of David Wu '14, Ben Gilreath '14 and Nader Dajani '14, placed second at the ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA) case competition in Boston and won $3,500 in prize money. In addition, Wu won an award for best overall speaker and an additional $1,000 for himself. This year’s contest, in which 13 competing teams from high-ranking b-schools including Harvard, Yale and MIT, asked participants to consider the topic of the Girls Scouts and the issue of inclusion and diversity regarding transgender boys and their membership in the organization.

The same weekend, a team from Marshall placed second in the 2012 National MBA Human Capital Case Competition, funded by Deloitte Consulting and GE and sponsored by and held at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville. The sixth annual competition pitted 13 teams from top graduate schools across the country against each other and tasked them to address how Salesforce’s nonprofit arm – the Salesforce Foundation – could grow product support and retain their sales staff. The winning Marshall team consisted of Pieter Breur '13, Steve Lambert '13, Vanessa Wong '14, Molly Slepitza '14 and Jennifer Chacon '14.

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