Stephen Howard, Danielle Monday, Analia Davis, Rebecca Rechtszaid, and Dylan Traynor
From left, student advisor Stephen Howard, Danielle Monday, Analia Davis, Rebecca Rechtszaid and Dylan Traynor.

Heavener students claim third place in case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A team of four undergraduate students from the Heavener School of Business at the Warrington College of Business Administration finished in third place in the Alberta Energy Challenge (AEC) held Sept. 25-29 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Heavener School was represented by seniors Analia Davis (Marketing), Danielle Monday (Management), Rebecca Rechtszaid (Economics) and Dylan Traynor (Economics).

The AEC is a business case competition focused on the opportunities and challenges present in the energy sector. Teams had 38 hours to research and develop a comprehensive and innovative solution to a real-time challenge presented by Cenovus Energy, one of Alberta’s energy companies. Teams then presented their analysis and ideas to a panel of judges, including senior representatives of sponsoring firms and leading professionals in the Alberta energy sector.

The teams’ case dealt with two issues: Market access and public dissent about the oil industry. What made the competition even more challenging for the Heavener team was its lack of familiarity with the oil industry compared to its competition. Some of the teams were from western Canada where the oil industry is more prominent. According to the Government of Alberta’s website, Alberta ranks third behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela in global crude oil reserves.

“Most of the students who graduate from the University of Alberta are funneled into a career within oil and gas,” Davis said. “A great number of the participants had some experience through summer internships or part-time work with these companies. That made it much more critical for our team to do our research and understand the industry overall.”

The Heavener team was the only U.S. team to advance to the finals. The University of Alberta business team won the competition and the University of Alberta’s engineering team finished second.

The Heavener School is next scheduled to compete in the National Team Selling Competition on Oct. 10-11 at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.