Five students from Wright State’s Raj Soin College of Business continued the Department of Accountancy’s national reputation for excellence by being selected for the 2008 Institute of Management Accountants (IMS) case competition. The 2008 team consisting of Diana Dafler, Stephanie Jergens, Rocco Latino, Michael Pabst and William Ryan was one of only four teams selected from a field of top colleges in the nation invited to attend the IMA’s Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida.
The students took a creative approach to this year’s challenge by presenting their strategic recommendations as “the A-Team” in the video which qualified them for the final four. According to John Talbott, Ph.D., a professor of accountancy and mentor to the team, the students were challenged to evaluate, interpret and synthesize strategic accounting recommendations for a non-profit health-related organization that was facing rapid growth.
“Once again our students proved that they are tops in the nation when it comes to applying the strategic implications of accounting principles to real-world business challenges. In addition to excelling in the national area, these students are well on their way to successful careers in the profession as are all of our accountancy graduates.” Talbott said.
Jergens couldn’t agree more. “My education at Wright State University as well as the networking opportunities available through its organizations have helped me develop as a professional and receive multiple internships to enhance my skills.“ Jergens is completing a summer internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Pabst added, “My internship at Flagel, Huber, Flagel, & Co. was very helpful in starting my career in accounting. Wright State has so many alumni in the area who love to hire Wright State students. I’m excited about my career choice and future at Flagel.”
Diana Dafler, Masters of Accountancy candidate, will be pursuing a career in public accounting after having completed an internship with Clark, Schaefer, Hackett. Rocco Latino is a financial assistant for a major grant in workforce education at Wright State University and is also staff sergeant in the Air National Guard 269th Combat Communications Squadron. William Ryan, will his begin position with Brixey & Meyer in August as a staff accountant. Ryan noted that he and fellow team members were especially excited to network and have lunch with some of the nation’s top accounting professionals including the current president of the IMA at this year’s conference.
As the nation’s only five-time winner of the IMA competition, Wright State has won this 16-year-old competition more than any other college in the nation, with titles in 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001 and 2005. Wright State is also the nation’s only university to qualify two teams for the finals three times.
Dafler is from Marysville, Ohio
Jergens is from Tipp City, Ohio
Latino is from Fairborn, Ohio
Pabst is from Dayton, Ohio
Ryan is from Beavercreek, Ohio