April 6, 2024

Vanderbilt Takes Top Honor at 2024 SEC MBA Case Competition

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

STARKVILLE, MISS.Vanderbilt University won first place at the 11th annual Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition, hosted by the College of Business at Mississippi State University. It marked the second time a team from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management captured the SEC title after earning the win in 2023.

The SEC MBA Case Competition, established in 2013, provides opportunities for SEC business schools to showcase their students’ skills at solving simulated, real-world problems faced by a large corporation. FedEx Corporation, a global leader in transportation logistics, served as this year’s case client and campus sponsor.

“It’s a great feeling to earn the win and earn it for Vanderbilt,” said Andrew Winter, one of Vanderbilt’s four team members. “For Vanderbilt to win these past two years, we have a chance to build from that success and continue to build the Vanderbilt brand. I get to work with some awesome teammates, and I think that really speaks to how close our school is to be around each other every day.”

The teams had approximately 24 hours to prepare their recommended solutions and present them to company executives in divisional and final rounds of competition. FedEx executives were tasked with considering each presentation, identifying four teams to advance to the finals and ultimately ranking the final four teams. The students’ identities and university affiliations were kept anonymous to the judges to ensure the contest’s impartiality.

Although team advisors were not able to communicate with their students after the case was presented on Friday morning, they observed the presentations and offered support after the competition concluded.

“As advisors, we couldn’t be more proud of our students and how hard they have worked at this, especially being first-year MBAs,” said Kenzie Karpinski, program manager of student life at Vanderbilt’s business school. “They put in a lot of work these past two months getting ready for the competition and especially the past 24 hours. It’s definitely extra sweet that our students earned the trophy, and we get to take it back to Nashville as we prepare to host this competition next year at Vanderbilt Owen.”

The winning team received a $10,000 prize; second place received $6,000; third place received $3,000; fourth place received $1,000; and individual division winners for best presenter and best Q&A were awarded $250 each.

 

A full list of winners from the 2024 SEC MBA Case Competition is below.

First Place Team: Vanderbilt University (Andrew Winter, Zachary Terry, Robert Rickard, Monica Traniello with advisors Chris Wszalek, Anand Samuel, Kenzie Karpinski, Sam Crum)

Second Place Team: University of Florida (Michael Hernandez, Kevin Campbell, Steffan Waters, April Rowland with advisors Carly Escue, Meghan Blake, Ashley Conley)

Third Place Team: University of Alabama (McKenzie Huckaby, Nathan Yamaguchi, Price Dukes, Hannah Prescott with advisor Isaiah Young)

Fourth Place Team: University of Tennessee (Anthony Gunn, Lily Hendrickson, Em Strieter, Antonio Terrell with advisors Laura Williams, Randy Bradley, Liana Hu)

 

Best Presenter Winners:

Division A – April Rowland, University of Florida

Division B – Price Dukes, University of Alabama

Division C – Casey Roach, University of South Carolina

Division D – Anthony “Tony” Gunn, University of Tennessee

 

Best Q&A Winners:

Division A – Ian McLeod, Auburn University

Division B – Nathan Yamaguchi, University of Alabama

Division C – Robert Rickard, Vanderbilt University

Division D – Lily Hendrickson, University of Tennessee

 

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