Kent State College of Business Administration Students Participate in Finance Case Competition

Four College of Business Administration students will participate in the Van Berkom JMSP Small-Cap Case Competition on March 20 and 21 in Montreal, Canada.

Students Fathi Hammami, Tom Dlugo, Akanksha Singh and Dante Pantalone will participate in the competition. Three team coaches from the College of Business Administration’s Finance Department will be assisting students during the case competition, including Associate Professor David Dumpe, Ph. D., Department Chair Steve Dennis, Ph. D. and Assistant Professor Andrei Shynkevich, Ph. D. Students competing will gain experience in their chosen field and have the opportunity to expand their professional networks.

“The Finance Department is very proud of our team. Our students used a somewhat uncommon approach to valuation, creating a very competitive case. We are confident that they will represent the College well in Montreal,” said Dumpe.

The competition was started in 2011 by Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and Can Berkom and Associates Inc. It is finance-specific and focuses on small-cap investment. The competition provides business students with the chance to showcase skills they learned in the classroom and network with business students and finance professionals from around the globe.

Thirty teams completed a qualifying case, then eight teams along with Kent State were selected based on the merits of the qualifying case submission. The nine teams will compete in Montreal for the first place prize amounting to $3,000. Teams will present an initial presentation to the judges, receive feedback, make revisions to improve their presentation and ultimate chance of success. The top three placing teams will be announced at the awards dinner on March 21.

For more information on the Van Berkom case competition, click here.

To learn more about the College of Business Administration’s Finance Department, click here.


Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,502 students, the second largest college of business in Ohio. The college boasts a satellite office at Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.                                                                                                                                                                       


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POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:26am