On Wednesday, January 30, three teams from the Williams College of Business at Xavier University went head‐to‐head in round one of the ACG Cincinnati Cup competition. The winning team members are Nathan Hicks, Matt Champa, Steven Davis and Sunil Kumar. They will advance to the ACG Cincinnati Cup finals on February 20 at Xavier’s Cintas Center.
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.
(41071) Nathan Hicks of Southgate, KY is in his final semester of MBA studies. He is employed at Ohio National Financial Services as a Portfolio and Investment Analyst, where, for the past five years, he has assisted in investing the company’s general funds. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Kentucky University in 2008.
(45069) Steve Davis of West Chester, OH is pursuing his MBA from Xavier with a concentration in Finance and expects to graduate in August. He is employed in finance in Procter & Gamble’s Global Business Development organization in Mergers & Acquisitions. Davis completed his BA in Liberal Arts at Xavier in March 2011. Prior to his current role, he was a Telecommunications Cost Forecaster and managed Global Recruiting budgets at P&G. His professional interests include valuation, financial analysis and corporate finance.
(45202) Matt Champa of Cincinnati is an employee benefits consultant with USI, a Goldman Sachs Capital Partner Company, and will complete his MBA studies in the evening program this May. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Catholic Inner-City School Education (CISE) Fund where he co-chairs the Young Executive Campaign. Champa also serves on the advisory board for the Nutrition Council of Greater Cincinnati, helping advance child health through nutrition education. He received dual BS degrees from the University of Dayton in Management and Marketing in 2007. At UD, he was a three-year letter winner in football and a division 1AA 1st team All-American.
(45150) Sunil Kumar of Milford is a project manager at an IT firm, and expects to complete his MBA in this August with a 4.0 GPA. He is managing the Xavier Student Bond Investment Fund, which outperformed the target benchmark index. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. He joined the MBA program to understand financial markets and pursue opportunities in the Finance field. His interests are Valuation, Private Equity, Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, and Investment Banking.
Other Xavier MBA students participating in the competition were Aaron Bonne (45244), Blane Polston (45231), Joseph Meadows (41017), Mansour Al Rajhi (45229), Cory McNamara (45241), Li Luo, Pierre-Marie Sutter (41042), and Joe Bubnick (45213).
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.
Xavier has MBA locations in Fort Mitchell, West Chester and Deerfield.
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.