Ready, Set, Compete

Business students are entering real-life business competitions to test their knowledge of their fields. Often, they end up on top.

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Today, much like student-athletes on the basketball or soccer teams, business students are competing in the school’s name and holding the Marquette banner high.

A forum for showcasing these skills and more, the challenge is also a fine networking opportunity, judged by professionals from firms such as Baird, Northwestern Mutual or Wells Capital Investors. In order to accommodate all of the students who wanted to compete this year, Dr. David Krause, director of the Applied Investment Management program and team adviser, was obliged to create two teams. “It made for some interesting situations as each team tried to keep their analysis secret. They hardly talked to each other and were careful not to discuss it in front of anyone. For me, it was a lot of fun watching them avoid each other. They really are very competitive.”

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Stephen Arcuri: Team took first in regionals of CFA Insitutue Research Challenge.
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Sabrina Thomas: Placed second individually in Project Management Competition.
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Stephen J. Gillespie: Team took first in Minnesota’s University Challenege in Real Estate
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Matt Melinyshyn: Team placed first in ASU’s National Case Competition in supply chain and operations.

“The real value of these competitions is the experience and exposure the students get to industry conditions and professionals,”

He also attributes part of the success to the diversity of expertise found on his team. “In addition to supply chain, many of the students have double majors, so unlike some of the other schools, we were able to bring IT, finance and marketing perspectives to the table,” says Melinyshyn, a supply chain and marketing major.

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Pitching a proposal and hoisting the trophy at the 2018 NAIOP Real Estate Challenge in Minneapolis.
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From the 2018 issue of Marquette Biz, the annual magazine of the College of Business Administration at Marquette University. Read the entire issue.

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