Isenberg Competition Attracts 17 Student Teams

March 13, 2012

Team Eugene\'s: Jennifer Sargeant, Kyle Pitman, Rishi Bahl and Jeffrey Chang. Team Eugene\'s: Jennifer Sargeant, Kyle Pitman, Rishi Bahl and Jeffrey Chang. On March 3, Eugene's - a team of four Isenberg sophomores - placed first in a field of 17 student teams in the second annual ExCEL Business Case Competition. "The competition, which is restricted to Isenberg freshmen and sophomores, gives younger students an opportunity to hone teamwork, critical thinking, and presentation skills before alumni and recruiter judges," observes Kim Figueroa of the Chase Career Center, which organized the day-long event. A committee of six Isenberg sophomores publicized and coordinated the competition.


The competition's case asked teams to create a proposal that enhanced Isenberg's brand through a venture that connected students, faculty, and alumni. Each team's ten-minute pitch was followed by ten minutes of questions from the judges. The winner, which proposed a dry cleaning service for Isenberg students, faculty, and staff, and which also aspired to sell branded Isenberg merchandise, earned a $600 first prize ($150 per student).


"The event also succeeded as a networking opportunity for the students with recruiters and alumni," added Figueroa. "And it reinforced our commitment to engage students in career planning and internships as early as possible in their Isenberg careers."


The Judges:

  • Vinnie DaBoul '87 (Finance)
  • Timothy Jalbert '76 (Management)
  • Mario Pietromonac '04 (Finance)
  • Erik Poje '03 (Finance)
  • Megan Vonbehren (UMass Amherst)
  • Melissa Salva, Isenberg Career Advisor
  • Bonnie Zima Dowd, Isenberg School Annual Fund Director
  • Tina Mackay, IBM Recruiter
  • Ben Stein '08 (Finance)
  • Tyron Harris, Target recruiter
  • Richard Markiewicz '09
  • Jesse Kocot '11 (Accounting)


Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page.