A team of four freshman business students from St. Mary’s University took first place last weekend in the NCLC Case Study Competition in Tucson, Arizona.

Greehey Scholars Cassandra Cantu, Jose Reyes, Carlos Amaya and Guillermo Avelar represented the St. Mary’s Greehey School of Business at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) Feb. 13-15 at the University of Arizona. About 700 students from 25 states were in attendance.

In the case study competition, nine teams were charged with developing a marketing plan for Beads of Courage, a Tucson-based nonprofit organization. St. Mary’s faced Northern Arizona University and UTSA in the finals, where they presented their findings and solutions in a final presentation.

“This win is an endorsement of caliber of students we attract and the quality of our programs offered,” said Mathew Joseph, Ph.D., Emil C.E. Jurica Distinguished Professor of Marketing. “Hard work, dedication and sacrifice will always lead you to success.”

The annual NCLC Case Study Competition gives students the opportunity to develop as leaders by improving presentation, critical thinking and teamwork skills.

“The Greehey Scholars Program has transformed me from a small town girl with no sense of the business or ‘real’ world, to a young professional with the confidence, knowledge and skills I need for my future career,” Cantu said.

CFA Institute Research Challenge – Southwest U.S. Finals: A team of business students Jennifer Mendez, Paola Retes, Oscar Gonzalez and Russell Sturgeon placed among the top eight finalists. The Southwest U.S. Finals will be held Feb. 21 at Rice University in conjunction with the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium (TIPS).

St. Mary’s is the only San Antonio team to advance to this phase.

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