Four Wright State University students earned third place in this year’s Deloitte Battle of Ohio case competition. Several Deloitte consulting professionals judged the competition. The team comprised of Jason Bruns, Alex Chuna, Amanda Geier and Jessica Berry had just one week to prepare for the case which involved a consulting project for the athletic apparel company, UnderArmour. The students, all accounting majors, drew upon their knowledge in marketing, logistics, supply chain management, international business and strategy in making recommendations for the strategic direction of the company.
The Wright State group made it to the final round ahead of The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati and others in the field of twelve teams. Two teams from Miami University received first and second place.
The Wright State group was comprised solely of accounting students and impressed the judges with their innovative ideas. Team mentor and Wright State accounting professor Dr. David Bukovinsky said “The team’s performance speaks highly about the quality of our students and the instruction they receive in their business core classes. Our students may major in a certain specialty, but they are also well-rounded in all aspects of business and capable of strategic analysis and decision-making.”
Team member and junior, Jessica Berry , appreciated the opportunity to present to a group of experienced accounting professionals. “We get the opportunity to polish our communications skills throughout our experience at Wright State. Putting those skills to work in front of real- life professionals from our career field was invaluable.”
Amanda Gier appreciated the commitment of the team to pull together so quickly. “Our professors emphasize our teamwork skills but there’s nothing like putting them to the test under the pressure of a one week deadline and a challenging opportunity like the Deloitte Battle of Ohio” said Gier.
Alex Chuna said “After the preliminary round, the judges gave us some very positive feedback. They were impressed with our out-of-the-box thinking, and the fact that our team was comprised entirely of accountants. Specifically, they liked our recommendations to enter the South American market to even out seasonal demand and gain access to new markets by extending the UnderArmor brand to an energy bar and other product lines.”
Amanda Geier, senior from St. Henry, Ohio, is currently interning at Wright State University Office of the Controller. Jessica Berry, junior from Huber Heights, Ohio is interning at GE Capital and will intern this summer with GE Transportation in the Financial Management Program in Erie, Pennsylvania. Jason Bruns, senior from Tipp City, Ohio will intern this summer at Deloitte in Auditing Department and plans to enter Wright State’s Master of Accountancy Program in the fall.
Alex Chuna, junior from Kettering, Ohio is interning at One Call Now and also plans to enter the Master of Accountancy Program.