Weatherhead Student Teams Sweep ACG Cup Competition | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Weatherhead Student Teams Sweep ACG Cup Competition

Posted 2.2.2021

For the third consecutive year, Weatherhead School of Management has dominated the ACG Cup Competitionthis year sweeping the entire competition.

The ACG Cup is a unique case study competition designed to give students from leading business programs experience and insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. This year, the competition took place via Zoom.

"Our students once again showed their agility and skill in dominating this prestigious competition,” said Scott Fine, professor of banking and finance who coached the Weatherhead teams during the ACG Cup. “Opportunities to connect with senior business professionals are an important element of our students' success, especially so during COVID times.”

Weatherhead’s cross-discipline teams represented several programs from the school including the Master of Finance program, Part-time MBA, Full-time MBA, undergraduate programs and integrated programs.

"The undergraduate team and I had the unique opportunity to apply our skills learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario,” said Jaya Jolly, an undergraduate accounting major who was a part of the first-place team. “Our team was proud to represent Case Western in the ACG Cup competition geared towards graduate students."

“As someone who is currently seeking employment in mergers and acquisitions, the ACG Cup was an invaluable learning experience and networking opportunity with industry leaders,” said Jim Kavalec, a member of the second-place team and a student in the MBA program. “Weatherhead programs prepared us greatly for the competition and I am proud that our performance reflected the strength of the school."

Congratulations to the below students who participated and placed:

First Place:

Kyler Barnard - undergraduate finance major

Pavan Mody - undergraduate statistics and finance double major

Ryan Murray - undergraduate accounting major

Jaya Jolly - undergraduate accounting major

Second Place:

Ryan Alexander – Master of Finance (integrated)

Dee Gose – Master of Finance (integrated)

Jim Kavalec - FT MBA

Katie Van Dusen - FT MBA

Third Place:

Mason Hoge - PT MBA

Luke Melsop - 4+1 MBA student from John Carroll (took M&A in the fall at Weatherhead)

Adam Pagon - PT MBA

Other participating local universities this year included Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio State University and University of Akron. Past institutions that have participated include Cleveland State University, John Carroll University and Kent State University.

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