Today marks the first day of spring quarter for students at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, but instead of looking ahead at what’s to come over the next 10 weeks, we’re taking a look back at what happened during winter quarter. Specifically, how Daniels students fared in the following case competitions:
CFA Institute Research Challenge-Colorado Competition: Daniels students Nolan Cox, Emily Ryan, James Hopcroft, Nathaniel Badger and Connor Burnham won first place at the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge-Colorado Competition. Daniels has won the competition four years in a row and seven times in the last 10 years. The team was advised by Teaching Associate Professor of Finance JP Tremblay,CFA, and industry mentor Van Wombwell, CFA, from Johnston & Associates. The Daniels team put in hundreds of hours of research and analysis to prepare their stock report and presentation of a buy recommendation on Advanced Energy Industries, a Fort Collins, Colorado-based company.
Net Impact Case Competition: Daniels graduate students Micah Fiegelson, Emily Haller, Hasib Nasirullah and Chris Kenny won second place at the 2020 Net Impact Case Competition Feb. 29, hosted by the University of Colorado-Boulder Leeds School of Business. Over 70 teams participated in the competition, so a second-place finish was especially impressive. The Net Impact Case Competition is designed to give students the chance to solve problems for sustainability-focused businesses using a multidisciplinary approach.
NAPE/TCU Energy Innovation Case Competition: Four Daniels graduate students, Rico Dominguez, Bryan Karr, Brent Troxell and Norbert Peyfuss, took second place at the inaugural NAPE/TCU Energy Innovation Case Competition Feb. 4 during the NAPE Summit in Houston, Texas. The team was tasked with analyzing the implications of the wide performance of U.S. Exploration and Production equities in 2019 and creating innovative real-world solutions for one of four companies based on a range of future oil prices. Competing against teams from 11 other top business schools, they had five hours to work on the case before presenting their oil and gas knowledge to a panel of judges made up of leaders from industry and academia. The team took home $10,000 as well as a new perspective on the challenges the energy industry faces.
Race & Case Competition: Graduate students from nine colleges (including Daniels) helped solve an ethical case for HomeAdvisor and participated in an alpine ski race at Daniels’ 17th annual Race & Case competition 27–March 1. With the closest results in many years, the Georgia Institute of Technology took first place, bringing home gold medals, a traveling trophy, new ski goggles and $5,000. The University of Florida came in second place and the University of Pittsburgh took third place. Ryan Coulter, a Master of Science in Business Analytics student from Daniels’ team, was the fastest racer, with a time of 25 seconds, 13 milliseconds.
National Association of Home Builders Student Competition: Daniels undergraduate students Raul Luna, Ben Barco, Frank Gumina, Megan Fitzpatrick, Johnny Dinh, Danielle Bauer, CarsonGiardini, Tyler Drucker and Diego Luna took sixth place at the National Association of Home Builders International Builder’s Show Student Competition Jan. 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The competition gives students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a real construction management project and proposal.
Business Olympics: Approximately 40 Daniels undergraduate students competed in the 2020 Business Olympics. Teams played six games, including: “Business Jeopardy,” “Blind Communication,” “Name the Logo,” “Women in Business Trivia” and an office relay. Students also competed in a five-minute, mini case competition centered around a fictional soft drink company trying to regain public favor after a polarizing ad campaign. The teams that won the case competition earned a total of $3,000 in prize money. First place went to Daniels students Gillian Breuer, Piper Doyle and Michael Huang, while Lauren Sanchez, Kulani Gonzales Stocks and Chris Nordlie took home second place.
Cable Apprentice Case Competition: Daniels MBA students Jake Thomson, Brendan Yonke and Joseph Rath competed for a grand prize of $4,500 at the Cable Apprentice Case Competition March 6 against teams from the University of Colorado-Denver and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The teams were charged with pitching a successful strategy and launch for the upcoming Peacock streaming TV service from NBCUniversal from the point of view of the case protagonist, Chairman of Content Distribution Matt Bond.
Associated Schools of Construction Regional Competition:
Three teams from Daniels participated in the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Regional Competition Feb. 3 in Sparks, Nevada. Undergraduate students Jack Wallin, Jacob Price, Ben Barco, Tanner Stover, Nick Schenk and Collin Poolman were part of the pre-construction team, while Doug Peterson, Adam Gratrix, Joey Wegmiller, Ryan Dussik, Alex Ortmann and Jackson Wegmiller made up the commercial construction group. Graduate students Eric Rymarz, David Winsor, Michael Coradini, Jonathan McMichael, Gavin Lejameyer and Trip Heaverly comprised the integrated project delivery team for Daniels.