A team of first-year MBA students at Georgia Tech recently won first place in the Finance Case Competition held at the 17th Annual Conference and Career Expo of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Georgia Tech's team included Will Martin, Jose Antonio Covaria, Lara Nguyen, and Ashutosh Singh who competed against students from prestigious business schools around the country.
The Finance Case Competition was sponsored by Citigroup's Global Consumer Group and Global Wealth Management Business. Senior Citigroup executives judged the contest.
The competition included twenty-five entries in the first round. Georgia Tech was one of five finalists, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Dallas, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Pittsburgh. In the final round, the schools' teams were given four hours to make recommendations on how specific challenges faced by the CitiCard division could be addressed.
According to the judges, Georgia Tech's team was selected as the winner based on its innovative approach, analytical abilities, and clarity in communication.
"Overall, this competition was a wonderful learning experience," Martin says. "It provided our team the opportunity to represent our school in a national competition, network with Citigroup executives as well as other MBA students, and really get a feel for what the job of an analyst or consultant entails."
Nguyen adds: "Our accomplishment highlights how innovative Georgia Tech MBA students can be, one of the characteristics that attracted me to the program."