Members of the BW ACG Cup Runners-up Team with BW MBA Director Dale Kramer

A team of MBA students from the BW School of Business were runners-up at the 2016 regional ACG Cup, an investment banking case study competition. 

MBA Team Claims 2nd Place in Annual Battle for the ACG Cup

February 16, 2016

A team of MBA students from the BW School of Business brought home second prize at the 2016 Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup, a rigorous investment banking case study competition organized by the Cleveland chapter of the ACG.  According to the ACG, the competition challenges MBA students “to deliver advice on valuation, capital markets and strategic mergers and acquisitions to a panel of well-versed professionals in the mergers and acquisitions field.”

Members of the BW ACG Cup Runners-up Team with BW MBA Director Dale KramerAt this year’s weeklong competition, staged at the Union Club in Cleveland, the BW team was narrowly edged out of first place in a match that pitted them against eight other teams representing Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University and Youngstown State University.

The winning team from OSU finished just one point ahead of the BW competitors, pictured here with BW MBA/EMBA director Dale Kramer, (left to right) Evan Lyons (3/2 Accounting MBA), J.B. Blackwelder (Hybrid MBA), Kramer, Jennifer Phillips  (EMBA) and team leader Noel Juguilon (EMBA).

Runners-up Rewards

As ACG Cup runners-up, the BW graduate students received cash prizes and were invited to attend the ACG Deal Maker Awards, where they had an additional opportunity, as “up and coming talent,” to connect with accomplished corporate growth professionals.

The BW students represent an impressive range of area businesses. Juguilon is Finance Manager, Operations, Metro Health Foundation; Lyons is Analyst-Intern at MelCap Partners, LLC; Phillips is Chief Operating Officer, Cognitive Performance Group; and Blackwelder is a financial consultant.

About ACG and the BW MBA Program

ACG Cleveland was founded in 1981 and is a networking organization comprised of Northeast Ohio professionals that engage in middle-market mergers and acquisitions, as well as broader corporate finance. The global ACG organization, founded in 1954, includes 54 chapters. With nearly 500 members, ACG Cleveland is one of the largest chapters in the world.

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