April 8, 2017

Georgia Wins 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition

Members of the Georgia team pose with the competition's traveling trophy.
Members of the Georgia team pose with the competition's traveling trophy.

By: Bryant Welbourne
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Georgia won first place in the 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition held at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida on Saturday. The winning team was comprised of Rohit Banerjee, Matthew Green, Desiree Sullivan and Noah Winterer.

A team of four MBA students from every SEC university was presented a business case by Nationwide on Friday. The teams, who were separated into four divisions, proposed their solutions to a panel of judges on Saturday morning in divisional rounds. The top four proposals moved on to the final round to determine the winner of the competition.

“Winning this competition is so rewarding because we gave so much effort and stayed up late into the night,” said Sullivan. “We put together a bold strategy and it took a lot of endurance to prepare our presentation.”

The University of Florida finished second in the competition, followed by Auburn University and the University of South Carolina.

Other awards given during the divisional rounds included Best Presenter and Best Q&A.

Noah Winterer from the University of Georgia, Alison Houlihan from the University of Florida, Chris Stegmaier from the University of South Carolina and Daniel Robinson from Auburn University were named Best Presenters for their respective divisions.

The Best Q&A Awards were earned by Kelsey Wheelhouse from the University of Arkansas, Tony Geist from the University of Tennessee, Hamilton Winters from the University of Mississippi and Wesley Ladd from Louisiana State University.

“Our team was well-prepared because we knew we would be going against some of the best business schools,” said Anne Cooper, Georgia’s team advisor. “But I felt confident because they are all great presenters.”

In its fifth year, the SEC MBA Case Competition provides an opportunity for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems that cover the spectrum of business disciplines. The 2018 SEC MBA Case Competition will be held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

A full list of winners from the 2017 SEC MBA Case Competition is below.

Final Team SEC MBA Case Competition Results
First Place: University of Georgia (Rohit Banerjee, Matthew Green, Desiree Sullivan, Noah Winterer)
Second Place: University of Florida (Mary Frances Dobry, Alison Houlihan, Ryan O’Farrell, Brendan O’Rourke)
Third Place: Auburn University (Cassie Chen, Taryn McLaughlin, Holger Norregaard, Daniel Robinson)
Fourth Place: University South Carolina (Kausik Ghosh, Kunal Shah, Chris Stegmaier, Oliver York)

Best Presenter Award
Noah Winterer (University of Georgia)
Alison Houlihan (University of Florida)
Chris Stagmaier (University of South Carolina)
Daniel Robinson (Auburn University)

Best Q&A Award
Kelsey Wheelhouse (University of Arkansas)
Tony Geist (University of Tennessee)
Hamilton Winters (University of Mississippi)
Wesley Ladd (Louisiana State University)