UT MBA Team is Finalist in National Black MBA Case Competition
KNOXVILLE, TN — The full-time MBA team representing the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Business Administration placed in the top six out of 22 competitors at the 2011 National Black MBA Association Case Competition. The contest, sponsored annually by Chrysler, is one of the most prestigious case competitions for MBA students.
The team of full-time MBA students — Kimel Fryer, Laronda Jones, and Alex McGhee —participated in a case that asked them to recommend a strategy to help Chrysler excel at attracting and retaining top talent. The team was co-coached by Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives Tyvi Small, Assistant Professor Randy Bradley, and Associate Professor Terry Esper.
Fryer and McGhee are first-year MBA students who will complete MBA coursework in 2012; Jones is a second-year MBA student who will graduate in December 2011.
“We are very proud of our team,” Small said. “Kimel, Alex, and Laronda were prepared, professional, and worked extremely hard. Their hard work showed off in their competitive run and in the positive impression they made on the judges and Chrysler executives.”
The team had four weeks to prepare the case, and 20 minutes to present the strategy, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session with two different panels of judges. Six teams were selected from four flights of teams in the first round; the six finalists then presented to a panel of judges, several of whom were Chrysler executives.
“It was an intense and rich experience. The pressure of presenting to Chrysler executives forced our team to create a recommendation that was realistic, actionable, and something we all believed in,” said Fryer, who will graduate with both her MBA and JD degrees. “UT taught us how to utilize our skill sets to provide and market a great strategy, which is what set us apart this year and will set us apart for the rest of our careers”.
McGhee agreed that this year’s conference was an amazing experience. “We had a chance to network with students from other programs, compete on a national stage, and gain insightful career advice from industry leaders. This conference has been a catalytic enzyme to our professional development,” he said.
Florida A&M University placed first, Penn State came in second, and University of Georgia placed third. Other teams in the competition included Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bentley College.