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Three teams win prizes at business contest

Three teams of graduating seniors from the University of North Texas’ College of Business won cash prizes April 25 for placing in the spring 2015 Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition.

The competition began with 50 teams composed of seven or eight students on average. The teams had to solve a hypothetical business problem for IBM by conducting a business environment analysis. Then, the teams had to create two business proposals to solve the issue.

"Students had to apply their business knowledge and practical skills to address a complex set of strategic, structural, and behavioral issues related to a public corporation,” said Derrick D'Souza, professor of management at UNT.

Jasmine Harris, a senior in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, was a member of the winning group. She said the competition reinforced common lessons from the business world.

“I learned that hard work actually does pay off,” Harris said. “There were days when my team was on campus all day. We worked really hard to make sure our financials were right, our paper flowed correctly and that we had all the information to make the proposal attractive.”

business team first place winnerThe following students earned first place and were awarded $750 per team member:

  • Jasmine Harris of Red Oak
  • Anh Duong of Carrollton
  • Katelynn Heckett of Flower Mound
  • Jessica Gomez of Fort Worth
  • Leonor Acevedo of Fort Worth

business competiton second placeThe following students earned second place and were awarded $150 per team member:

  • Hailey Swift of Grapevine
  • Feng Xu of China
  • Suzanne Peterson of The Woodlands
  • Marcus Walling of Keller
  • Erin Eisenberg of Houston
  • Jason Inderlied of Keller
  • Jason Hagemann
  • Preston Smith

business competition third placeThe following students earned third place and were awarded $100 per team member:

  • Samuel Chatterton of El Paso
  • Ross Murray of Magnolia
  • Corey Ervin of Mesquite
  • Ashley Anthony of The Colony
  • Olivia Craig of Rowlett
  • Jalen Safford of Winsboro
  • Brittney Spence of Cedar Park
  • Heather Cumming of Friendswood

The competition has been held twice a year since 1995 as part of a capstone course for graduating seniors in the College of Business.

Past clients for the case competition have included Target Corporation, ReStore operations of the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, the Texas town of Cross Roads, Service King Collision Repair, Denton Community Hospital, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Sonic and more.

Northwestern Mutual and UNT alumnus Tait Cruse, managing partner at Northwestern Mutual—Dallas, have pledged $100,000 over four years to organize the event and to fund student’ awards.

—Caleb Downs, student assistant, news promotions


Posted on: Wed 13 May 2015

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