BUFFALO, N.Y. – A team of four MBA students in the
University at Buffalo School of Management took the top prize of
$2,000 in the annual Whitman Case Competition at Syracuse
University’s Whitman School of Management.
Chris Maugans, JD/MBA ’14, of Tonawanda; Ryan McGraw, MBA
’13, of Liverpool; David Charron, MBA ’13, of Portland,
Maine; and Todd Carter, MBA ’13, of Troy, Ohio, were the
members of the winning team.
Don Harter, associate dean of master’s programs at
Whitman, presented the winners’ check and a certificate of
achievement to the UB School of Management team.
Thirteen teams from MBA programs across North America, including
University of Ottawa, Syracuse University, Carleton University and
Simon Fraser University, entered the competition, sponsored by the
Whitman Graduate Student Organization.
Competitors analyzed a business case about Spencer’s
Retail Limited, a retail chain located in India that faced
strategic decisions on positioning, in-store communication, and
geographic and customer group focus.
The UB School of Management team was selected as one of eight
finalists to present their analysis and recommendations on March 22
Travel 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.