BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A team of five undergraduate students in the UB
School of Management will share a $1,000 prize as winners of the
ninth annual PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) xACT competition.
Bryan Kao of Brooklyn, Alex Killian of Grand Island, Paul Krisk
of Williamsville, Philip Silvestri of Grand Island and Shuang Zhang
of Amherst, originally of Tangshan, China, comprised the winning
Sponsored by PwC, the xACT (xTREME Accounting) challenge is
intended to help accounting students hone their analytical,
problem-solving and teamwork skills by proposing solutions to a
real-world business challenge. xACT is one of two challenges that
make up the xTREME Games, PwC’s tax and accounting campus
This year’s case involved the role of accounting
consultants in helping a firm to decide whether to invest
additional funds in a subsidiary or to divest.
Twelve teams representing 60 students took part in the
competition. Each five-member team was assigned a faculty coach and
Shelby Collins, adjunct instructor of accounting and law in the
School of Management, was the winning team’s faculty
The teams had two weeks to conduct research and develop a
12-minute case analysis, which they presented to a panel of PwC
judges. This year’s judges were Matt Caldiero, manager, Eric
Chapman, senior associate, Everett Pefley, manager, and Keith
Stolzenburg, partner. Also contributing to the competition was Mark
Bruno, human resources sourcing leader.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.