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Kent State Team Places Second Among U.S. Schools at International MBA Case Competition

Posted Jan. 28, 2013

The Kent State MBA team members who participated at the John Molson MBA Case Competition include (from left to right) Josh Hostetler, Melanie Panutsos, Adele El Helou, Zeba Mehdi and Brad Neumann.

Kent State University joined 35 universities from around the world in Montreal, Canada, at the John Molson MBA International Case Competition that took place Jan. 6-11. The competition, the oldest and largest of its kind in the world, is organized by MBA students from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business.

Kent State’s College of Business Administration sent five of its best MBA candidates who over six days, tackled five business case studies, including one “live” case study. The case studies were judged by more than 250 members of the Montreal business community. Kent State had a winning record of 3-2, placing 14th overall, and was second among U.S. schools. The Kent State team included Josh Hostetler, Melanie Panutsos, Zeba Mehdi, Brad Neumann and alternate Adele El Helou. The winning team took home the Concordia Cup and up to $10,000 in prize money.

This year’s event had the greatest number of international competitors in the competition’s history. In addition to the seven American and 12 Canadian universities participating, there were 17 international schools from 14 countries and five continents. Australia, Egypt and South Africa were all represented for the first time.

For more information about Kent State’s John Molson MBA International Case Competition, contact Michelle Parrish, marketing and communications director for Kent State’s College of Business Administration at 330-672-2717.

For more information about Kent State's College of Business Administration, visit www.kent.edu/business.