Spears Business hosts Undergraduate Case Competition
Monday, May 2, 2022
Seniors Abby Allison, Alicia Cornelius, Mallory King and Peyton Smith are going out in style after teaming up to win first place in the Spears School of Business second annual Undergraduate Case Competition April 15. Student-led teams had the opportunity to win $6,000 in scholarships during the competition with the four members of the first-place team splitting $3,000 in scholarships.
Reed Aldridge, Will Yadon, Jonathan Foster and Zach Bridges were awarded second place and earned $2,000 in scholarships. The third-place team, Karsten Boudreau, Nathan Ratcliff, Ellie Hankins and Michael Pynn, was awarded $1,000 in scholarships.
Allison, Cornelius, King and Smith placed fourth in the 2021 Undergraduate Case Competition and teamed up again for this year’s competition. They credited Spears Business accounting faculty Sarah Johnson and Angela Spencer and the Eastin Center for Career Readiness’s Blake MacNelly and career coach Mike Stump with assisting in their preparation.
Stinnett & Associates, founded and owned by Spears Business alumna Melinda Stinnett, was instrumental in the competition’s success, providing the case that teams were tasked with solving. Each of the teams were given 10 days to come up with a solution while providing a video presentation and executive summary that solved the issue to the judges. Teams then presented to the leadership team from Stinnett & Associates in person April 15.
“Stinnett & Associates was extremely helpful, and the Undergraduate Case Competition would not have been possible without Melinda and her team’s assistance,” said Dr. Evan Davis, assistant dean. “Stinnett & Associates is an invaluable partner for Spears, and they were incredibly generous with their time.”