Accounting Students Head to Finals in Deloitte Case Competition
November 10, 2020
Two teams representing Isenberg in this year’s Deloitte FanTAXtic case competition finished in first and second place in the Northeast regional competition on October 30; the winning team is now eligible to compete for nearly $50,000 in individual scholarships and institutional awards at the national level of the event in January.
Deloitte’s FanTAXtic is a tax case study competition that helps students gain real-world business experience. The two Isenberg teams were tasked with solving a complex business case simulation, and presented their solution virtually to a panel of judges made up of Deloitte tax leaders. The Isenberg students joined about 55 other groups representing more than 40 colleges and universities that participated in the regional events. Nationwide, Isenberg was the only school to take both winning positions in its regional competition.
“That means Isenberg just cleaned house!” said David Piercey, John F. Kennedy Endowed Professor and Accounting Department Chair. “This is a prestigious, invitation-only competition including students from the top accounting programs nationally, and our students will be one of 9 teams competing in the national finals this January,” he adds, referring to Isenberg’s Team 2, the overall winner in the Northeast regional competition. Team 2’s members—Chau Le, Angel Lin, Ethan Ly, Philip Saal, and Sean Waters (pictured top right, with Deloitte contact and Boston recruiter)—were advised by Senior Lecturer II Cathy Lowry and Lecturer Jennifer Roy. The faculty members also advised runner-up Team 1, whose student members included Mariah Belletti, Andrew Circle, Joshua Cox, and Emma Lewandowski (pictured left).