Austin Williams, Justin Rich, Dr. Sean Limon, Kaily Benedict and Joey Couture
From left, Austin Williams, Justin Rich, Communication Lecturer Dr. Sean Limon, Kaily Benedict and Joey Couture guided Heavener to its fourth appearance in the finals of an international case competition in 2014-15.

Heavener School wraps up case competition season with second-place finish

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Heavener School of Business concluded its international case competition season with a second-place finish in the International Case Competition at Maastricht University (ICC@M) on April 19-25 in the Netherlands.

Kaily Benedict, who received the competition’s Best Speaker Award, Joey Couture, Justin Rich and Austin Williams guided the Heavener School to its fourth impressive finish in the 2014-15 academic year. The Heavener School won three international case competitions this past year.

Sixteen teams participated in the competition. The University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business were the other U.S. business schools that competed.

The competition consisted of two short cases (three hours of preparation) in Rounds 1 and 2 and a long case (24 hours of preparation). The short cases accounted for a combined 40 percent of the teams’ preliminary round scores, and the long case accounted for 60%. The teams with the highest scores in each of the four divisions advanced to the final round.

The National University of Singapore won the competition. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology took third place.