College of Business Students Succeeding in Business Competitions

April 1st, 2011

Recently, three College of Business (CoB) students: Tyson Johnson, Andrew Kaiser and Kristian Miller, traveled to Spokane to compete in the CFA Society of Spokane Investment Research Challenge. This is the first year that MSU has been represented at this competition. The team of students placed 2nd out of 5 university teams. WSU edged out the MSU team in the final standings but the other teams were made up mainly, if not all of MBA students. Other participating schools were Washington State University (WSU), Gonzaga, Eastern Washington University and Whitworth. The team, coached by Peter Rubicam, adjunct instructor of finance, and Eric Flynn, alumnus with Bitterroot Capital Advisors, LLC, spent four weeks preparing an analysis of one company for the competition. They were judged on a written paper and presentation.

Eric Flynn said that the students represented MSU with poise and a high level of knowledge. “I know they will be right back at the top in next year’s challenge!” Rubicam agreed, “Our team did a fantastic job on their presentation, and deftly handled a challenging Q&A session with the judges.

A group of Beta Alpha Psi students also recently placed 2nd in the 2011 Regional Best Practices Competition in Salt Lake City. The event was sponsored by Deloitte LLP and the topic was “Innovate: The accountant’s role in a changing business environment.”

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will be soon leaving for Atlanta to compete in their regional competition and the College of Business wishes them the best of luck.