BUFFALO, N.Y. – A team of five undergraduate students in
the University at Buffalo School of Management will share a $1,000
prize as winners of the 10th annual Challenge, the
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) case competition.
Alex Killian, Philip Silvestri and Jonathan Voyzey of Grand
Island, Spencer Gates of Kenmore and Josh Seward of Webster
comprised the winning team.
Sponsored by PwC, Challenge is intended to help accounting
students hone their analytical, problem solving and teamwork skills
by proposing solutions to a real-world business challenge.
This year’s case involved the role of accounting
consultants in helping a firm to evaluate sustainability for a new
Twelve teams representing 60 students took part in the
competition on Nov. 1 on UB’s North Campus. Each five-member
team was assigned faculty coaches and a PwC mentor.
Muriel Anderson and Ann Cohen, adjunct professors in the School
of Management, were the winning team’s faculty coaches. Ryan
Walter, assurance experienced associate, was the winning
team’s PwC mentor.
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 Keith Belote, assurance
partner, Eric Chapman, assurance senior associate, Anetta
Hendershot, assurance senior manager, and Everett Pefley, assurance
Nathanael Carbrey, assurance experienced associate, was the PwC
Challenge coordinator. Also contributing to the competition was
Mark Bruno, human resources sourcing leader.
The winning team has advanced to the next round of the
competition, where a video of their presentation will be judged
against submissions from 50 other business schools nationwide.
PricewaterhouseCoopers will select five of the teams as finalists
and invite them to present at the New York City PwC office in
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 also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News and World Report for the quality of its
programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates.
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