Owen Students Take First Place at Tulane Case Competition

Vanderbilt MBAs competed against Emory, University of Texas, University of North Carolina, Rice, Washington University, University of South Carolina and Tulane

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Mar 22, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A team from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management captured first place and the grand prize of $5,000 on March 19, 2010, in the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition at Tulane’s Freeman School of Business. This is the third time a team from Vanderbilt has won the competition during the past five years.

Team members were first-year MBA students Scott O’Connell, Mark McDonald and second-year students Dan Bryant and Matthew Clemson. They competed with teams from Emory, the University of Texas, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rice, Washington University at St. Louis, Tulane and the University of South Carolina. Emory and Texas placed second and third, respectively.

The case focused on the leveraged buyout of Hertz from Ford Motor Co. by a consortium of three private equity firms. The competitors were given five hours to read the case and prepare a PowerPoint presentation to a panel of four judges who work in investment banking and private equity.

Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management is ranked as a top institution by BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times and Forbes. For more information about Owen, visit www.owen.vanderbilt.edu.