Xavier University ACG Cup Team Advances

| February 8, 2012

CINCINNATI, 9 Feb 2012 -- On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, three teams from the Williams College of Business at Xavier University went head‐to‐head in round 1 of the ACG Cincinnati Cup competition. The winning team members are: Michael Deye, Manoj Srivastav, Hamir Mahajan and Mark Momper.


Ten students presented to six judges from the Tri-State business community: Joe Rippe, partner with Rippe & Kingston; Todd Pfister, managing partner at FranNet; Dora Vorherr, Finance Director at Procter and Gamble; Bob Manning, CFO at Lykins Companies; Kelly Wolski, vice president at Fifth Third Bank.

Xavier has MBA locations in Fort Mitchell, West Chester and Deerfield. The Xavier MBA team which won round one of the competition will advance to the ACG Cincinnati Cup finals on February 29, 2012 at the University of Cincinnati.  


(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.


Other Xavier MBA students participating in the competition were:

(45212) Chet Durham

(41018) David Cooper

(45226) Matt Thomas

(41017) Andy Henchy

(45150) Sunil Kumar

(45220) Kapil Jariwala

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, a highly realistic private equity/investment banking case study.  Students gain real world experience and invaluable insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advising, and private equity. The competition provides students a unique opportunity to present strategic advice to a panel of professionals from within the ACG community.  ACG will present a total of $9,500 in awards to four winning teams of MBA students representing the top MBA programs in the greater Cincinnati area. 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.