After winning the first round of the 2012 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cincinnati Cup competition on Feb. 1, the student team from the Williams College of Business won the competition at the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
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.
The winning team members are all MBA students at Xavier: Michael Deye, studying finance, Manoj Srivastav, an engineering specialist at Toyota, Hamir Mahajan, concentrating in finance, and Mark Momper, who manages the Xavier Student Investment Bond Fund.
The Xavier team was led by their coaches and coordinators: 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.
The Association for Corporate Growth Cincinnati established the ACG Cincinnati Cup, a highly realistic private equity/investment banking case study, to give students real world experience and valuable 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. Competing teams are from Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business, Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business, University of Cincinnati’s College of Business, and Xavier’s Williams College of Business.