University of St. Thomas MBA Team Takes Third Place in NBMBAA/Chrysler Group LLC Case Competition

Friday, September 20, 2013

Minneapolis, Minn. – A team of MBA students from the University of St. Thomas took third place in the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)®/Chrysler Group LLC Case Competition, bringing home a $10,000 scholarship prize. This is only the second year that the University of St. Thomas has sent a team to the national competition. First place went to Clark Atlanta and second to another Atlanta school, Emory.

Each of the students on the UST MBA team—Kamaj Bailey, Joelle Purvis Allen and Monica Ricard (with Nigel Brown as the team alternate)—are UST MBA Outreach Scholars, recipients of full-tuition scholarships awarded to students who demonstrate a record of academic achievement, professional experience, high potential and a commitment to diversity. These scholarships provide access to a world-class MBA education for young professionals from a broad range of backgrounds, bringing valuable diversity of experience and perspective to the classroom and the professional world.

The St. Thomas team was sponsored by GE Capital Fleet Services.

Thirty top business schools from around the United States entered teams of three MBA students each in the competition. They first competed in a preliminary round of presentations against five other schools, with the six preliminary round winners advancing to the finals, where they presented their case to a new group of judges the following day. Judges were senior executives of the Chrysler Group, LLC, including the global director of talent sourcing, plus other executives connected in various ways with Chrysler.

“We are delighted to share this news on behalf of the team,” said Christopher Puto, Ph.D., dean of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. “These students represent the strength of our MBA student body and highlight the value of the diversity they bring to the classroom.”

The NBMBAA®/Chrysler Group LLC Case Competition is an annual event designed to give high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a hypothetical business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case before a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.

The competition is held each year as part of the NBMBAA's Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held this year in Houston, Tex., on September 11-13. Chrysler Group has been an active supporter of NBMBAA for more than 30 years and the exclusive sponsor of the Case Competition since 1995. Over that time, nearly 2,000 MBA students have participated in the competition.

About the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business

The University of St. Thomas (UST) is the largest private university in Minnesota, fostering a tradition of service to the public and an energetic, thoughtful approach to the challenges of contemporary life. Serving more than 10,500 undergraduate and graduate students, St. Thomas is a campus connected to community to meet the challenges of today.

With the vision of excelling in educating highly principled global business leaders, the Opus College of Business at St. Thomas serves more than 5,000 students in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, its executive education programs and its centers and institutes serve more than 18,000 participants annually. The Opus College of Business is the only private business school in Minnesota accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) and is ranked in the top 25 percent of accredited business schools nationwide.

Contact: Clark Gregor, Opus College of Business
(651) 962-8818,

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University of St. Thomas Press Release, 09/20/2013