April 25, 2007

Neeley Students Win Finance, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Competitions

A team of top students - Dustin Cook, MBA; Donny Hatcher, MAc; Marsh Lunati, BBA; Hunter White, BBA; and Andrew Wilfred, BBA - won out over teams from SMU and Texas A&M in the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium as one of two finalists. Rice was the other finalist.

Advised by Professor Larry Lockwood, who serves on the Strategic Advisory Board and as academic liaison for the CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, the team prepared an extensive research report on Hydril Co., a $1.5 billion Houston manufacturer of premium oil and gas connections and pressure control products.

"The TCU students were selected for their combined strength in finance and accounting, and their overall ability to interpret market forces, management strategies, company profitability and stock performance," Lockwood said.

Dorothy Irisson , first year full-time MBA student, and her team won third place and $1,000 at the University of Rochester's 15th annual Heineken Simon Case Competition. There were 15 teams of six students from 22 schools at the popular marketing competition, including TCU, Wharton, Emory, Baylor, Rice, Berkley, Simon, Emory, Olin and more. The students are randomly placed on teams to compete together.

"The competition was an excellent experience for all of the five students from Neeley who participated," said Ed Riefenstahl, director of experiential learning. "Working side-by-side with students from other business schools, they demonstrated the art of teamwork that is so important to business success."

TCU undergraduate entrepreneurship students took three of the top four awards at the Global Student Entrepreneur SM Award contest for Texas, held April 16 at TCU. Jeff Livney won second, while Michael McKinzey and Austin Hoffman tied for third place in the state. Tim Hamilton of the University of Texas won first place. Jeff, a freshman entrepreneurial management major and member of TCU CEO, will advance to the global competition in November in Chicago. He owns Livney+Partners, a full-service boutique marketing firm.

Jake Mattison won second place and $5,000 representing the Neeley School April 20 at the University of Evansville's New Venture Creation Competition. Competing against 11 other teams from various colleges, Jake pitched his business plan, Brighter Energy. He is a junior entrepreneurial management major and past president TCU CEO.

"We have some of the best entrepreneurial students in the nation at TCU. Every one of them works hard to come up with brilliant business plans and turn them into successful companies. Winning these competitions affirms how knowledgeable and accomplished they are," said Brad Hancock, assistant director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.