|[April 06, 2012]
University of Connecticut Wins Third Annual ACG Connecticut Cup Competition
FAIRFIELD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
ACG Connecticut today awarded the third annual ACG Connecticut Cup title
to a team of The University of Connecticut School of Business MBA
candidates at ACG Connecticut's Monthly Breakfast Meeting at the
Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.
Members of the UConn team were presented with the prestigious ACG
Connecticut Cup title and a cash award at this morning's ACG Connecticut
April Breakfast Meeting, a monthly event that draws over 150 dealmakers
and corporate professionals from the region. The second-, third- and
fourth-place teams from Yale SOM, Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac University
were also in attendance and received cash awards and prizes.
Students from UConn competed against teams from across the state
overlooking the trading floor of the RBS Building in Stamford during the
final round of the ACG Cup held earlier this week on April 2, 2012. The
teams presented valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a
panel of seasoned M&A professionals from within the ACG Connecticut
community, including Jim Barra of Ironwood Capital, Mark Campbell of
BlumShapiro, Michael Carter of Carter, Morse & Mathias, Ramsey Goodrich
of Carter, Morse & Mathias and Fridolf Hanson of RBS Business Capital.
Participants in the ACG Connecticut Cup 2012 included:
1st Place. The University of Connecticut School of
Business: Vivek Goel, Isaac Park, Archit Patel, Tom Wang and Dawei
2nd Place. Yale University School of Management: Susan He,
Vincent Song, James Wu and Byron Ye.
3rd Place. Sacred Heart University John F. Welch College of
Business: Gillian Blunschi, Matthew Maleri, Rachel Mitchell, Lauren
Palumbo and Jason Tutin.
4th Place. Quinnipiac Uiversity School of Business:
Nicholas Distefano, Kevin Kelly, Kirk Medzrychowski, Derek Stanley and
"The ACG Cup competition allowed us to apply our academic knowledge to a
real-world scenario with the guidance of the state's best dealmakers,
and utilize the quantitative and qualitative skills required in
investment banking," said Vivek Goel, a member of the victorious UConn
team. "Our success in the ACG Cup is through a strong team effort in
which we learned from and supported each other. The spirit of teamwork
is also one of our major takeaways from this case competition and we
look forward to building on it next year."
"It is a pleasure to host the ACG Cup again this year and
congratulations to our winners from UConn," said Justin Blum, ACG
Connecticut Cup Chairman, and Commercial Banking, M&T Bank. "The teams
conveyed varied approaches to valuation and deal structure, plus roles
for non-financial considerations like the management and operational
strategies, in solid, engaging presentations from all competitors. It
was clear to the judges that the teams invested a great deal of thought
and effort into the analyses and presentations, and we applaud their
"The ACG Cup has become a core part of ACG Connecticut's programming and
we are pleased to work with this year's competitors," said Karin
(McKittrick) Kovacic, President of ACG Connecticut, and Business
Development, CBIZ MHM, LLC. "The Cup provides an opportunity to
introduce top-notch MBA candidates into the ACG Connecticut community
and allow the state's best MBA programs to network with nearly 300
prominent financial professionals. This year's success already kindles
our excitement to host next year's Cup competition."
The ACG Connecticut April Breakfast Meeting featured a keynote address
by Richard J. Fernandes, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Affinion International, a global leader in the designing, marketing and
servicing of comprehensive customer engagement and loyalty solutions
For more information on the ACG Cup Competition and ACG Connecticut
programming please visit http://www.acg.org/ct.
ACG's 14,000 members include professionals from private equity firms,
corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well
as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide
advisory services. Founded in 1954, ACG is a global organization with 56
chapters. Learn more at www.acg.org.
ACG drives middle market growth. Learn how at www.middlemarketgrowth.org.
For more information about ACG Connecticut, please visit http://acg.org/ct.
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