The University of Alabama won first place and $10,000 in the 2019 Southeastern Conference (SEC) MBA Case competition held April 4-6 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. The winning team, advised by Quoc Hoang, included Everette Dawkins, Samuel Greene, John Clary and Bryonna Rivera Burrows.
“Hosting these teams of highly-talented young professionals has been an honor for us,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “We were excited to see their considerable business knowledge, insights and instincts in action during the competition and congratulate everyone who participated on their accomplishments.”
During the SEC MBA Case competition, 13 teams of four members each came from Southeastern Conference colleges and universities and worked to solve a real-life business case presented by FedEx, this year’s competition’s sponsor. Students were asked to develop strategic recommendations aimed at addressing the emergence and potential of the grocery delivery market in the United States. Teams had 24 hours to prepare their case solutions before presenting to a panel of FedEx and local executives during both a morning divisional and final afternoon round.
“FedEx is proud to sponsor the SEC MBA competition,” said Russ Fleming, vice president of Strategy, Innovation and Product Development, FedEx Services. “We are committed to investing in the leaders of tomorrow. This past weekend, our team listened to the best and brightest present thoughtful growth strategies for an emerging delivery market. On behalf of FedEx, we would like to extend our congratulations to the competition winners and the teams that participated in this event.”
The University of Kentucky won second place and $6,000 for their case recommendations, the University of South Carolina won third place and $3,000, and the University of Georgia won fourth place and $1,000. In addition, individual recognition awards were given to the best presenter and best Q&A performance in each division, as determined by the judges.
The complete list of 2019 SEC MBA Case Competition award winners includes:
- First place team: University of Alabama (Everette Dawkins, Samuel Greene, John Clary and Bryonna Rivera Burrows with advisor, Quoc Hoang).
- Second place team: University of Kentucky (Erika Penrose, William Sanders IV, Jason Scarpa, Alex Wilken with advisor Karl Gustafson).
- Third place team: University of South Carolina (Wes Treiber, Laura Dorn, Nick Sonek, Bhaskar Shankar with advisor Pat DeMouy).
- Fourth place team: University of Georgia (Kim Jackson, Alexander Gunn, Ali Probst, Kaley Tabor with advisor Anne Cooper).
- Best Presenter awards:
- Keller Quinn, Louisiana State University (Division A)
- Kaley Tabor, University of Georgia (Division B)
- Becky Shaver, Vanderbilt University (Division C)
- Wes Treiber, University of South Carolina (Division D)
Best Q&A awards:
- Mike Reasor, Texas A&M University (Division A)
- Lucy Mostellar, Auburn University (Division B)
- Bryonna Rivera Burrows, University of Alabama (Division C)
- Caroline Smith, University of Florida (Division D)