Vanderbilt Team Places Third at University of Denver's International Case Competition

14th Annual Race & Case took place at the University of Denver

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Feb 27, 2017

A case competition team from Vanderbilt Business, composed of Chris Culver (MBA' 17), Jonathan Holston (MBA '17), Margot Kaplan (MBA '17), and Leslie Parrish (MBA '17), took third place at the 14th Annual Race & Case competition put on by the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business from Feb. 24-25. Each year, business students tackle a complex, real-life business case, presenting a solution to a panel of judges. This year, students were challenged to identify ways in which Chipotle Mexican Grill could address ethical and leadership issues related to food contamination and the financial fallout as a result. In addition, each team competed in a ski race, held in Breckenridge. The team earned a $5,000 prize for their finish.

Vanderbilt Students take third at Race and Case(L to R) Jonathan Holston, Leslie Parrish, Margot Kaplan, Chris Culver celebrate their finish. 

The competition included teams from American University, London Business School, Simon Fraser University, the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina, the University of Utah, Georgia Tech University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern California, the University of Alabama, Purdue University, Rice University, and the University of Denver.

The University of Florida and University of Alabama took first and second place, respectively.

The major sponsors for this year’s event were Toyota and Vail Resorts. More information about the competition may be found at

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