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West Virginia Wins Big 12 MBA Business Case Competition at TCU

MBA teams from all 10 of the Big 12 universities competed for cash prizes at the event hosted by the TCU MBA program and sponsored by Deloitte. 

March 30,  2015

By Elaine Cole

For the first time since the MBA case competition began nine years ago, all 10 schools from the Big 12 sent MBA teams to compete in the annual competition, hosted this year by TCU, also a first. West Virginia University won first place and $5,000 in the competition sponsored by Deloitte. Texas Christian University won second place and $3,000, and Iowa State University won third place and $1,000.

The competition centered on Apple Pay™ and the future of mobile payments. The 10 MBA teams received the case Friday morning and delivered their presentations to judges Saturday.

“The Big 12 MBA Case Competition brings together the best and brightest from 10 great universities in a test of skill, determination and professional bearing,” Bill Wempe, executive director of the TCU MBA program, said. “Competitions like this one are a crucial element of any experiential learning program that prepares students to be outstanding business leaders.”

“We are living in unprecedented times with accelerating rates of change. New technologies, new business models and entirely new ways of thinking are turning industry after industry on its head. These MBA students are tomorrow’s captains of industry, and innovation will be one of the key tools in their arsenal,” said John Levis, Deloitte’s global chief innovation officer.

Steve Pace, associate commissioner and CFO of the Big 12 Conference, attended the awards dinner to congratulate the winners.

Participating in the 2015 competition were MBA teams from Baylor University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, University of Kansas, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin and West Virginia University.

Judging the competition were Deloitte executives Amanda Hale, director, tax management consulting; Kelly Herod, principal and SAP transformation leader; Harvey Michaels, national consulting leader for growth enterprise services; Eziah Syed, senior manager, global strategy, innovation and corporate development; Jaco Van Eeden, global lead for digital ERP offering; and Lori Ward, client services principal. Additional judges were Sean Arena, executive director of new business ventures for Sabre; Kevin Buehler, retired from Alcon; Ray Lamas, general manager of global customer training for Bell Helicopter; Cory Hitte, manager of strategy for Bell Helicopter; Ken Huffman, retired executive vice president of investor relations for Occidental Petroleum; Tom Hund, retired CFO of BNSF Railway; Jeff Martin, vice president of process improvement for Michael’s; Dennis Mullahy, senior vice president of growth strategy for Michael’s; Kathy Doyle Thomas, retired executive vice president of marketing and development for Half Price Books; and Matt Oerding, director of global franchises for Alcon.

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