St. Mary’s Team Reaches NIBS Worldwide Case Competition Finals

St. Mary’s University’s Greehey Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Case Study Team traveled to London in March as one of 16 collegiate squads that advanced to the Worldwide Case Competition finals.


Ernesto Negrete (from left), Kelsey Davis, Stefano Cabello and Ginnette Garcia are the St. Mary’s NIBS Case Study team.

The highlight of the competition for the  squad was a victory over the winningest team in competition history, Bishop’s University, which has won six championships.

Jeff Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Global Business Studies, leads the team of four undergraduate students: Kelsey Davis, Stefano Cabello, Ernesto Negrete and Ginnette Garcia.

The finals were held March 2-March 7, 2014, at London Southbank University in England. Teams are challenged to come up with the best ideas and solutions for strategic business problems, according to the NIBS website. The teams are locked in a room with no mobile devices. For every case, the teams have to present and defend their strategic plan for a jury of professional and academic experts.

This is the first time the St. Mary’s Bill Greehey School of Business has participated in the event in its 19-year history.

St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.