BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two teams of MBA students in the
University at Buffalo School of Management were selected to compete
in the final round of the prestigious Whitman Case Competition at
noon March 21 at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of
Chris Maugans, JD/MBA ’14, of Tonawanda; James Finlay, MBA
’14, of Chicago; Christi Lundahl, MBA ’14, of Webster;
and Michael Pinnola, MBA ’15, of North Babylon make up the
The other UB School of Management squad consists of Aditya
Yellapantula, MBA ’15, of Visakhapatnam, India; Curtis Boyle,
MBA ’15, of Hamburg; Frank Koelbel, MBA ’15, of Islip;
and Ashith Shetty, MBA ’15, of Mangalore, India.
Eight teams in all were chosen to compete in the finals from a
pool of 18 entries representing MBA programs in the United States
This year, competitors were asked to analyze Indraprastha Ice
and Cold Storage Ltd. and its value proposition and recommend
changes to its pricing policies.
Travel expenses for the UB School of Management teams will be
partially funded through a donation by alumnus Steven C. Verney
’80, MBA ’81, executive vice president and chief risk
officer at Allstate Insurance Co., and a matching grant from
Allstate. The annual case competition is sponsored by the Whitman
Graduate Student Organization.
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 & World Report for the quality of its
programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates.
For more information about the UB School of Management,
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB’s more than 28,000 students pursue their academic
interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and
professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at
Buffalo is a member of the Association of American