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School of Business Administration

School of Business Administration Junior Finishes Second at New York Competition

Mauricio "Mo" Diaz

School of Business Administration junior Mauricio Diaz, Jr. came in second place at the Free Enterprise Speak-Off Competition at SUNY Plattsburgh’s 1st Annual Free Enterprise Olympics on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Eight colleges and universities participated in the daylong event that featured three different competitions: Free Enterprise Speak-Off Competition, Lunchtime Mini-Creativity Challenge, and the Creativity & Innovation Challenge – Muller’s Smart Carts.

Diaz finished second in the Free Enterprise Speak-Off Competition, behind Bryce Bandish from Clarkson University.  Alexandra Brenock, from St. Michael’s College, finished third.

"I thought the competition was pretty tough and I was nervous," said Diaz.  "It was one of the few times during school where I had to present by myself.  It felt great to come in second but there is always room to improve."

"Mo Diaz delivered a very passionate speech about the power of Entrepreneurship in a free enterprise economy," said Thomas Chittenden,  UVM team coach.  "His speech was from the heart and he was the only student to cose with a poem that he wrote himself.  Judges afterwards commented on how he had the most polished, well-prepared and structured speech.  It was clear how much effort Mo put into this speech and I was very proud of his performance."

Three other UVM School of Business Adminsitration students participated in the event: Kyle Chu, Nick Cianci and Robyn Worrall.

Here are the results from the other competitions:

Lunchtime Mini-Creativity Challenge

1st Place – SUNY New Paltz

2nd Place – Clarkson University

3rd Place – SUNY Albany

Creativity & Innovation Challenge – Muller’s Smart Carts

1st Place – St. Michael’s College

2nd Place – SUNY Adirondack

3rd Place – Clarkson University