Xavier University Team Wins Cincinnati ACG Cup

March 2, 2012

On February 29, the team from the Williams College of Business at Xavier University won the ACG Cincinnati Cup competition at the University of Cincinnati. The winning team members are (pictured left to right): Michael Deye, Manoj Srivastav, Hamir Mahajan and Mark Momper. Xavier has MBA locations in Fort Mitchell, West Chester and Deerfield.

(41017) Manoj Srivastav of Ft. Mitchell is an Engineering Specialist with Toyota and is completing his MBA coursework in the part‐time evening MBA Program. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at The Florida Institute of Technology in 2006.

(45219) Hamir Mahajan of Earnshaw Avenue is in his final semester of the Xavier University MBA program with a concentration in Finance. Hamir actively manages the Xavier Student Bond Investment Fund, recently outperforming the targeted benchmark. He is a Graduate Assistant for the Management Department and serves as the Secretary of the Graduate Student Association for Xavier University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing from University of Delhi (2008). From 2008‐2009 he was a System Support Officer with Increner. His strong interests are in corporate finance, valuation, private equity, capital markets and investment management.

(45236) Mark Momper of Plainfield Road manages the Xavier Student Investment Bond Fund, is a co‐founder of the Xavier Bellwether business e‐newsletter, and a member of the Xavier CFA Research Challenge team. He graduated from Moeller High School and completed his BA in Architecture at Miami University of Ohio. Following several years of work experience in architecture, he was admitted into Xavier’s MBA program in 2009.

(45248) Michael Deye of Sherrybrook Avenue is pursuing a Finance MBA from Xavier, expecting to graduate this August. He earned a BS from Saint Louis University in Business Administration and Marketing (2009) and graduated from St. Xavier High School (2005). He actively managed the Xavier Student Bond Investment Fund, outperforming the target benchmark. He also performed quantitative data analysis as a research assistant. His areas of professional interest include capital markets, asset management, commodities, forex, and valuation.

Coaches and coordinators were James Pawlukiewicz, professor of Finance; Clint Schertzer, Xavier associate professor of Marketing; Tim Kruse, professor of Finance; Tom Clark professor of Management, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Human Resources; Don Feldmann, President and CEO of Rippe & Kingston Capital Advisors, Inc; Brent Rippe, vice president of Rippe & Kingston; and Teresa Summe-Haas, MBA Advisor at Xavier University.

The Association for Corporate Growth Cincinnati established the ACG Cincinnati Cup. Students gain real world experience and invaluable insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advising, and private equity. The competition provides students an opportunity to present strategic advice to a panel of professionals. Competing teams are from Northern Kentucky University Haile/US Bank College Business, Miami University Richard T. Farmer School of Business, University of Cincinnati College of Business, and Xavier University Williams College of Business.