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18th annual Finance Case Competition is test for judges

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Christopher Conoscenti (MBA/JD ’01) has served as a judge for the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition for the past five years, but he says the 2014 contest, which took place at the A. B. Freeman School of Business on Friday (March 28), was without a doubt the toughest yet.

From left to right, Finance Case Competition judges Chris Conoscenti, Chuck Tilis, Claire Liu and Joe Agular.

From left, Finance Case Competition judges Christopher Conoscenti, Chuck Tilis, Claire Liu and Joe Agular. Conoscenti said this year’s competition was the closest in the five years he’s served as a judge.

“This was the hardest year to judge out of any of the years that I’ve judged it,” said Conoscenti, managing director of Energy Investment Banking at JP Morgan Securities. “It was shades of gray in terms of differences between who we picked for number one versus two, three, four and five. It was just really tight.”

In the end, Conoscenti and his fellow judges — Joe Agular (A&S ’81, MBA ’88), investment manager at Johnson Rice & Co.; Claire Liu, assistant treasurer at LyondellBasell Industries; and Chuck Tilis (A&S ’77, MBA ’78) , partner, Assurance Leadership Team, at PricewaterhouseCoopers — decided that Ryan Bendinelli, Yifan Xu, Aaron Gaddie and Paul Whitmire, a team of MBAs from Vanderbilt University, had edged out the competition enough to win first place and this year’s grand prize of $7,000.

A team from the University of North Carolina — Joseph Quinn, Michael Baccich, Jimmy Colavita and Newton Sears — earned second-place honors and a prize of $5,000, while a team from the University of Texas at Dallas — Adriana Pizana, Samir Patel, Brit Sundberg and Mohammed Bourji — took home the third-place prize of $3,000.

“I’ve done this six, seven times at least, and it’s a real privilege to do it,” Agular (A&S ’81, MBA ’88) told the student teams. “I really thank you for having me again because I enjoy finance, first of all, but I also enjoy seeing how bright the future is for all of you, because you’re very talented. You all had great presentations, and it was tough to judge.”

In addition to the top three finishers, this year’s competition also featured MBA teams from Rice University, Washington University, University of South Carolina and Tulane University.

Dean Ira Solomon, left, and Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence, center, awarded this year's grand prize of $7,000 to a team from Vanderbilt University.

Dean Ira Solomon, far left, and competition sponsors Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence, center, awarded this year’s grand prize of $7,000 to a team from Vanderbilt University.

The Finance Case Competition began in 1997 and has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence since 1998. Berdon Lawrence (BBA ’64, MBA ’65) is the founder of Hollywood Marine and former chairman of Kirby Corp., an operator of inland tank barges headquartered in Houston. Kirby purchased Hollywood Marine in 1999. Lawrence is also a former member of the Business School Council and a former member of the Board of Tulane.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years, but it’s been fun for me,” Lawrence said before announcing this year’s winners. “My MBA from Tulane was really helpful in my being able to build a company, so this is a nice way for me to tell Tulane that I appreciate what they did for me with my education.”

To see more photos from the competition, including photos of all the winning teams, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.

 


Seven top schools face off in Finance Case Competition

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Student teams from seven top schools vied for $15,000 in prizes on Friday (April 12) at the 17th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The contest, an annual presentation of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, took place in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Tulane’s uptown campus.

Berdon Lawrence, left, and Rolanette Lawrence, third from left, presented this year’s grand prize to a team from Rice University.

Each year, the competition tests the valuation and financial analysis skills of students in a challenging, time-sensitive environment. Students teams are tasked with analyzing a real-world finance case and developing recommendations for the company in question. The students must then present those recommendations to a distinguished panel of judges charged with selecting the top three presentations.

For the second straight year, a team representing Rice University took home first place honors and the competition’s grand prize of $7,000. The University of North Carolina won second place and a prize of $5,000, and the University of South Carolina earned this year’s third place award and a prize of $3,000.

In addition to those schools, other universities participating in this year’s competition included Tulane, University of Texas at Dallas, Vanderbilt and Washington University in St. Louis.

This year’s judges included, left to right, John Raymond, Casey Herman, Chris Conoscenti, and David Grzebinski.

Serving as this year’s judges were Chris Conoscenti (MBA/JD ’01), executive director of Energy Investment Banking at JP Morgan Securities; David Grzebinski (MBA ’93), executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kirby Corp.; Casey Herman (BSM ’86), partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers; and John Raymond (BSM ’92), CEO and managing partner of the Energy and Minerals Group.

The Finance Case Competition began in 1997 and has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence since 1998. Berdon Lawrence (BBA ’64, MBA ’65) is the founder of Hollywood Marine and former chairman of Kirby Corp., an operator of inland tank barges headquartered in Houston. Kirby purchased Hollywood Marine in 1999. Lawrence is also a member of the Business School Council and a former member of the Board of Tulane.

To see more photos from the competition, including photos of all the winning teams, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.

 

 

 


Freeman hosts 16th Finance Case Competition

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Student teams from Tulane University and six other schools put their valuation and financial analysis skills to the test at the 16th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition, an annual presentation of Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business, took place on Friday (April 20) in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

Finance Case Competition

Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence, left, and Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, right, present this year’s first-place award to the team from Rice University.

In addition to Tulane, this year’s event featured teams from Emory, Rice, University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis and University of Texas at Dallas.

When all was said and done, Rice University took home first-place honors and the grand prize of $7,000 at the competition, Washington University won second place and a prize of $5,000, and Tulane earned third place and $3,000.

“With five hours to work on something like this, I thought all the teams did a fantastic job,” said competition judge Casey Herman, assurance partner and U.S. assurance leader for the Utilities & Power Generation Sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “The analyses and slide materials they put together in such a short time frame were just terrific. Really, the difference between the first-place team and the rest of the field wasn’t that great, so the level of analysis was very impressive.”

In addition to Herman, this year’s panel of judges included Chris Conoscenti, an executive director in the Oil & Gas Investment Banking Group with J.P. Morgan Securities, and Claire Liu, assistant treasurer for corporate finance at LyondellBasell Industries. Bill Reese, professor of practice in finance, served as faculty coordinator.

The Finance Case Competition began in 1997 and has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence since 1998. Berdon Lawrence (BBA ’64, MBA ’65) is the founder of Hollywood Marine and former chairman of Kirby Corp., a Houston-based operator of inland tank barges. Kirby purchased Hollywood Marine in 1999. Lawrence is also a member of the Business School Council and a former member of the Board of Tulane.

Finance Case Competition

The Freeman School’s team took home third place and a $3,000 prize at this year’s case competition.

“Over the years I found that having a finance degree from Tulane was critical to my understanding of how to grow my company,” Lawrence said at Friday evening’s awards ceremony. “That finance education allowed me to build the company, and if I hadn’t had it, I don’t think I could have done it, so this is a way for me to show appreciation and give something back to my alma mater.”

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, who presided over the ceremony, praised Lawrence and the entire Lawrence family for their long association with Tulane University.

“We like to recognize individuals who have longstanding connections to our institution, and in that sense the Lawrence family is an exemplar,” Solomon said. “While Berdon’s connection doesn’t go back quite as far as the school’s founding, the Lawrence family has been connected to the Freeman School for a remarkable 50 years, with multiple generations attending educational programs here. That’s really something to celebrate, so we’re delighted to have their names attached to this wonderful educational program.”


Freeman team takes top honors in Finance Case Competition

Monday, April 4th, 2011

A team featuring Freeman MBA students Vivek Sharma, Jason Costa, Arnab Dasgupta and Anthony Elia won first place and a grand prize of $5,000 at the 15th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. This year’s competition took place at the Freeman School on April 1, 2011.

In addition to Tulane, the competition featured teams from Rice, Texas Christian University, University of South Carolina, University of Texas at Dallas, Vanderbilt and Washington University.

Finance Case Competition

Freeman MBA students Jason Costa, Anthony Elia, Vivek Sharma and Arnab Dasgupta, left to right, won first place at this year’s Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition.

Vanderbilt earned second-place honors in the competition and a prize of $3,000, and University of Texas at Dallas won third place and $2,000.

Serving as judges this year were Joe Agular, partner with Johnson Rice & Co.; Chris Conoscenti, executive director of the Oil & Gas Investment Group with JP Morgan Securities; Casey Herman, assurance partner and U.S. assurance leader for the Utilities & Power Generation Sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Curt Karges, managing director of Mid-Corporate Investing Banking with JP Morgan Chase.

“Since I have been at Tulane, our teams have won two competitions and placed in four competitions in the company of great teams from Emory, Rice, Texas and Vanderbilt,” said Rob Hansen, Francis Martin Chair in Business, who teaches the case-based course Valuation and Financing of Business Enterprises along with visiting assistant professor of finance Donald Monk. “Freeman finance students get a healthy exposure to valuation and financing in complex business settings and an emphasis on solving real-world problems as good finance communicators. Jason, Arnab, Anthony and Vivek represented Freeman as good as it can be done.”

The finance case competition began in 1997 and has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence since 1998. Berdon Lawrence (BBA ’64, MBA ’65) is chairman of Kirby Corp., a Houston-based operator of inland tank barges. He is a member of the Business School Council and a former member of the Board of Tulane.

To see more photos from the competition, including photos of all the winning teams, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.


Freeman hosts 14th annual Finance Case Competition

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

MBA students from Freeman and seven other top-ranked business schools competed for $10,000 in cash prizes at the 14th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition.

This year’s competition, which took place on March 19 in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, featured teams from Tulane, Emory, Rice, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University and Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt took first place and the grand prize of $5,000 in the competition, Emory earned second-place honors and a prize of $3,000, and University of Texas at Austin won third place and $2,000.

Joe Agular, a senior partner at Johnson Rice & Co., was one of four alumni who served as guest judges for this year's Finance Case Competition.

Serving as judges of this year’s competition were Joe Agular (MBA ’88), senior partner and energy analyst with Johnson Rice & Co.; Chris Conoscenti (MBA/JD ’01), executive director of the Oil & Gas Investment Banking Group with J.P. Morgan; David Morris (MBA ’94), managing director of Oracle Capital Partners; and Gay LeBreton (MBA ’77), a managing director with Chaffe & Associates.

“The competition is a tremendous event that really showcases the MBA students’ financial training by allowing them to apply the lessons learned in the classroom to a complex problem,” says Agular. “But it’s more than just an academic exercise. It’s the pressure of working under a time constraint and then presenting to judges, in effect a situation that very much represents what the students might face in their careers in finance or industry.

“I have been a judge for the competition for a number of years now, and I continue to be amazed by the talents of the MBA students that participate. The quality of the analysis presented by the teams is quite impressive considering the difficulty of the case and five-hour turnaround time they are working under. The competition really puts these students to the test, and they deliver well-thought-out recommendations to the issues the case presents. It makes being a judge quite challenging because the teams are all so talented.”

The finance case competition began in 1997 and has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence since 1998. Berdon Lawrence (BBA ’64, MBA ’65) is chairman of Kirby Corp., an operator of inland tank barges based in Houston. He is a former member of the Board of Tulane and serves on the Business School Council.

To see more photos from the competition, including photos of the winning teams, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr site.


Top-tier schools compete in Finance Case Competition

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence (second and third from left) with members of the Rice University team

A team of students from Rice University took first place and the grand prize of $5,000 at this year’s Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition took place at the Freeman School on April 17.

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Freeman hosts 12th annual Finance Case Competition

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

A team representing Vanderbilt University took the top prize of $5,000 at this year’s Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition took place at the Freeman School on April 4, 2008.

Emory University took second place and a prize of $3,000, and a team from Rice University won third place and a prize of $2,000.

In addition to the winning teams, the competition this year featured teams representing Tulane, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, Wake Forest University, and Washington University.

Serving as judges this year were Charles Carrier, partner with Johnson Rice; Curt Karges, managing director with JP Morgan Securities Inc.; and Jay Parkinson, vice president with Jefferies and Co.

The Finance Case Competition began in 1997 and has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence since 1998. Berdon Lawrence (BBA ’64, MBA ’65) is chairman of Kirby Corp., a Houston-based operator of inland tank barges. He is a former member of the Board of Tulane and serves on the Business School Council.



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