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Baylor MBA Team Scores Second-Place at MBA Strategy Case Competition

Feb. 22, 2013

Baylor's MBA team brought home second-place honors from the University of Illinois MBA Strategy Case Competition last week. Ten MBA programs, including Penn State, the University of Minnesota, the University of Connecticut and Hong Kong University, fielded teams in the event, which was held at the University of Illinois' main campus in Champagne, Ill, on February 8-9.

The Baylor team, comprised of Thomas Totoe, Sherri Sanchez, Bobby Lewellen and Andrew Masotta, came in second behind University of Connecticut. Third place went to Purdue. The Baylor team also beat out Illinois and Penn State in the preliminary pool round.

Additionally, Baylor earned several individual awards. Thomas Totoe and Bobby Lewellen both won "Best Q&A" awards. Sherri Sanchez earned a "Best Presenter" award.

"Our team is certainly grateful to have competed, represented Baylor well and to have won some hardware," said Masotta, a 2013 MBA Candidate. "We hope to take home the gold soon!"

The competition presents each team with the same business case and, after taking 24 hours to read and analyze the case, the teams make a presentation to a panel of judges. Unlike many other competitions, in which teams present and then field questions from judges, the Illinois competition allows judges to interject and question the team at any point in time during their presentation.

"Given the unpredictable timing of the questions, it can be a significant challenge just to finish the presentation in the allotted time," explained Masotta.

Teams are given 25 minutes to present in the preliminary "pool" rounds, then one finalist from each pool is selected to give a 20-minute presentation in the final round.

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