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Weatherhead Student Teams Dominate ACG Cup Competition

Posted 1.25.2022

Weatherhead Student Teams Dominate ACG Cup Competition
For the fourth consecutive year, Weatherhead School of Management ruled the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup competition by placing in the top spots—and sweeping the entire competition for the second year in a row.

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. The annual competition took place via Zoom this year.

Three teams from Weatherhead competed against Ashland University, The Ohio State University, University of Akron and Walsh University.

"For the second straight year, our students showed their agility and skill in dominating this prestigious competition,” said Scott Fine, professor of banking and finance, who has coached the Weatherhead teams during the ACG Cup for over a decade. “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 and undergraduate programs.

“I felt proud to be able to represent Case Western Reserve and am even more pleased with how my teammates and other Case Western Reserve teams performed,” said Tim Cheslik, a member of the first-place team and a student in the full-time MBA program. “It speaks to the fact that we have not only received a great education, and training, but also get to work with great people as well.” 

“The ACG Cup allowed for a deep dive into the vigor required from us by the financial services industry,” said Sasha Sindhwani, an undergraduate finance major who was part of the second-place team. “Our coursework and extracurriculars, like The Weatherhead Fund, allowed us to have intellectual conversations with one another about the competition and helped us work together as a team.”

Congratulations to the students below who participated and placed:

First Place:

Colin Basinski - MBA and MS Finance

Tim Cheslik - MBA

Nick Cwikla - MBA

Alexander Pankiw - MBA

Second Place:

Madison Miller - undergraduate economics and finance major

Neil Shah - undergraduate finance major

Sasha Sindhwani - undergraduate finance major

Nick Talarico - undergraduate accounting and finance major

Blake Waldman - undergraduate finance, data science and economics major

Third Place:

Lara Brito Ferraz - MBA

Andreea Mitrache - MBA and JD/MBA

Jonathan Nicholl - MBA

Meifang Zhu - MBA

Read more about the competition.

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