BUFFALO, N.Y. – A team of four MBA students in the
University at Buffalo School of Management captured first place and
a $4,000 prize in a consulting case competition hosted by the
University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of
Mark Bortz, MBA ’13, of Commerce, Mich., Christopher
Maugans, JD/MBA ’13, of Tonawanda, Ryan McGraw, MBA
’13, of Liverpool, and Michelle Piaia, MBA ’13, of
Washingtonville, were the members of the wining team, which bested
groups from Penn State, Case Western, Pittsburgh University and
“We are very proud of this impressive accomplishment by
our MBAs,” said Arjang A. Assad, dean of the UB School of
Management. “They are truly representative of the sterling
quality of our MBA program.”
Competitors analyzed a cross-functional business case about the
energy industry and the technological progress, regulation, issues
and challenges companies face in the today’s extremely
competitive industry. The case tested the teams’ ability to
apply knowledge of finance, marketing, operations and human capital
concepts to produce actionable, practical recommendations.
Judges for the competition were Theresa Bone, vice president and
corporate controller, EQT Corp.; Michael Latsko, vice president,
product strategy for nuclear power plant business and project
development, Westinghouse Electric Co.; Branden P. Moore,
associate, McGuireWoods; and David Ortiz, senior engineering
professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School.
The four students on UB’s winning team are members of the
Buffalo MBA Consulting Group, a pro bono consulting firm founded in
2010 whose consultants are MBA candidates in the School of
Travel and lodging expenses for the UB team were provided
through a donation from School of Management alumnus Steven C.
Verney ’80, MBA ’81, vice president, Allstate Insurance
Co. in Chicago, and a matching grant from Allstate.
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.