Wednesday May 3, 2006

Winning Beat Goes on for MBA Students

A UD team has won the Ohio Graduate Business Student Case Competition six of the last seven years.

The University of Dayton School of Business Administration reclaimed its winning ways at the Ohio Graduate Business Student Case Competition last week in Columbus.

A UD team has won the title six of the last seven years. UD teams took second and third places a year ago.

UD"s team of Mike Maletic, Debbie Schroeder, Angela Cape, Greg Romenacker and Ralph Bader won on the strength of its analysis and recommendations for Joe Bissett"s Salad Dressing. The team also had the top presentation and paper.

Top prize was $3,000 and copies of PaloAlto business planning software for UD"s School of Business Administration.

Another UD team — Jenna LaFrankie, Scott Campobenedetto, Anna Clark, Veronika Fischer and Andrew Gruden — placed third and received a $1,000 prize.

UD executives-in-residence Joe Schenk and Tom Winning advised the teams, along with Tony Vogt and Mike Bodey from Small Business Development Centers at UD and Wright State, respectively.

The competition is open to students pursuing a MBA or a similar business-related degree. Judges evaluate teams" oral presentations, case studies and solutions for Ohio Small Business Development Center clients.

The Ohio Department of Development hopes the competition enhances the links between graduate business schools and business and industry.

Small Business Development Centers of Ohio, Small Business Administration, KPMG, PaloAlto Software and Kent State University sponsored the competition along with the Ohio Department of Development.

For more information, contact Joe Schenk (937) 229-3116.