Stephen Howard, John Bryan, Alice Sykes, and Anya Petrova
From left, Stephen Howard, John Bryan, Alice Sykes and Anya Petrova finished in fourth place at the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition.

Heavener students take fourth place at international case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A team of four students from the Heavener School of Business finished in fourth place at the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition on April 4-6 at Royal Roads University in Colwood, Greater Victoria, British Columbia.

The Heavener team, composed of seniors John Bryan (General Business) and Stephen Howard (Finance) and juniors Anya Petrova (Economics) and Alice Sykes (Management), was the only U.S. team to reach the finals. HEC Montréal Business School finished first.

“Representing the Heavener School of Business and the United States in the finals of the Royal Roads University International Undergraduate Case Competition was a highlight of my college career,” Howard said. “It was exhilarating to beat out 16 other teams from around the world to get to the finals.”

During the three-day competition that fielded 20 teams from universities across the globe, teams were presented with three cases and given three hours to review each case and prepare their recommendations. Teams were required to apply their analytical, decision-making and communication skills to the issues raised and present strategic choices and a detailed plan of action. Teams that advanced to the finals analyzed a fourth case.

The cases were presented to a panel of judges comprised of successful executives, business owners and managers. Teams were judged on creativity, insight and real-world applicability of their analysis and presentations.

“Our team really thrived during the three-hour competitions, and we even were awarded the most points of any team in the third round,” Sykes said. “Three hours certainly is not much time to put together a comprehensive strategy and presentation, but we worked well together in the intense atmosphere.”