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School of Business Administration

UVM MBA Student Awarded "Best Presenter" at Babson Competition

A University of Vermont MBA student took home top honors at the 5th annual Babson Marketing Case Competition.   Chloe Cangardel was awarded “Best Presenter” in her division during the competition in Wellesley, Massachusetts April 12-13, 2013.

“I was thrilled to win but we put a lot of effort in as a team, so I really think of it as a prize to the whole team,” said Chloe Cangardel, a University of Vermont MBA student.

Cangardel, Katharina Regina Schaal, Katherine Bowen and Elena Sergeevna Yakimova represented the University of Vermont in the two-day competition that included 21 teams from nine different schools including Babson, Brandeis, Duke, MIT Sloan, Tuck School of Business, UC Berkeley, University of Connecticut, and University of Pittsburgh.

“The case competition was great.  It allowed us the opportunity to apply all we’ve learned in classes to a real0world situation a company is currently facing,” said Katherine Bowen, a University of Vermont MBA student.  “It is exciting to see and hear how other teams of MBA students approached the same challenge.”

“Unlike some other case competition formats this case was very current and the upper management team of INFONAVIT was actually looking for answers to their current challenge,” said Katharina Schaal, a University of Vermont MBA student.

"It was a hands-on case, not just a theoretical analysis," said Elena Sergeevna Yakimova, a University of Vermont MBA student.

A team from Babson ended up winning the $4,000 prize money.