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Xavier University Team Wins 2012 ACG Cup


CINCINNATI, 1 Mar 2012 -- On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, teams representing 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 competed in the final round of the 5th Annual ACG Cincinnati Cup competition. The Xavier University team, consisting of (pictured left to right): Michael Deye, Manoj Srivastav, Hamir Mahajan and Mark Momper, emerged victorious.

 Each team made a presentation regarding a fictional business scenario to a panel of judges from the Tri-State business community. The judges weighed the merits of each presentation and chose the team they would “hire.” ACG presented a total of $9,500 in awards to the four teams, including $5,000 to the winning team from Xavier.

Manoj Srivastava is an Engineering Specialist with Toyota and is completing his MBA coursework in the parttime evening MBA Program. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at The Florida Institute of Technology in 2006.

Hamir Mahajan 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 20082009 he was a System Support Officer with Increner. His strong interests are in corporate finance, valuation, private equity, capital markets and investment management.

Mark Momper manages the Xavier Student Investment Bond Fund, is a cofounder of the Xavier Bellwether business enewsletter, 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.

Michael Deye 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, 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.