Kate O'Hara, Jonathan Siragusa, John Darnell, Lexie Cegelski at SEC MBA case competition.
From left, Kate O'Hara, Jonathan Siragusa, John Darnell and Lexie Cegelski celebrate their second-place finish at the SEC MBA Case Competition. (Photo courtesy/Walton College of Business).

UF MBA takes second in SEC case competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business finished in second place at the 2016 Southeastern Conference (SEC) MBA Case Competition on Saturday at the University of Arkansas’s Walton College of Business in Fayetteville, Ark.

UF MBA, which won this event the past three years since its inception in 2013, was represented by Lexie Cegelski, John Darnell, Kate O’Hara and Jonathan Siragusa. O’Hara was one of four participants to receive a Best Presenter Award.

In addition to its impressive result at the SEC case competition, UF MBA recorded victories at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Invitational Case Competition and the Florida Intercollegiate Business Case Competition during the 2015-16 academic year.

The 14 teams were divided into four divisions, and had 24 hours to develop a solution to a simulated issue facing Henkel, a multinational company that produces consumer and industrial products in the laundry and home, beauty care, and adhesive technologies sectors. Teams presented their solutions to judges, which included Henkel executives. UF MBA, the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M University won their divisions and advanced to the final round.

The University of Alabama won the competition. Texas A&M finished third and Mississippi State was fourth.

The Hough Graduate School of Business will host the 2017 SEC Case Competition on April 6-8.