University of Vermont

School of Business Administration

Meet The 2014 UVM FECC Team

The 2013 team in competition

While preparations for the second Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC) are well underway, for the four students representing the University of Vermont School of Business Administration the practice and preparations for this upcoming competition continue.

"These are great kids and they spent a semester with me working on family business cases" said Dave Mount, the UVM coach. "They are like a great team – all primed and ready and I am anxious to show the hard work and clear thinking of our UVM students to the rest of the world."

Mo Diaz, Liz Whitney, Dennis Mahoney and Robyn Worall have been selected to represent UVM at the FECC, and all are under no illusions about the quality of the competing teams. They have been holding many practice sessions all semester, and immersing themselves in all issues pertaining to family business.

"Last year during the first FECC, I worked as a Room Coordinator. This year, as a member of the UVM team, I am excited to compete with teams from around the world and gain another perspective on the case competition" said Elizbaeth Whitney. "I believe we have a strong team this year with each of us bringing in unique skills and knowledge to help us with the cases.”

With more teams than last year competing, competition is expected to be tough to take home the prized Family Enterprise Cup.

Robyn Worall echoed the sentiment regarding the challenge and opportunity ahead "one of the aspects I am most excited for is talking to and learning from the other schools, especially the ones from other countries. The competition will provide us with a great opportunity to compete alongside students from a great diversity of cultures."

The FECC is an annual competition created and hosted by UVM's School of Business Administration, and is being held in Burlington from January 8-11, 2014, showcasing exceptional undergraduate and masters' students case writing, analysis and presentation skills. Students apply the knowledge and expertise they have developed in the classroom towards solving complex family business cases. During 4 tough rounds of competition, teams present their case to a distinguished panel of judges who will determine which group best understood, analyzed and presented the most compelling case study. More than 70 judges and 20 teams from universities and colleges with the world’s finest family business programs will participate in this annual event, won last year by the team from ESADE Business School, Spain.

“The participation of a larger number of prominent business schools from around the world for the Second edition of the global Family Enterprise Case Competition, highlights the increasing focus on family businesses by business schools" said Dean Sanjay Sharma, of the School of Business Administration. “Building on the success of last year’s competition, the excitement the competition is generating and participation from teams, judges and students from 27 countries, is evidence that UVM is not only one of the leading global institutions actively researching in this important field, but is providing a unique experiential learning platform for all the schools and universities who participate.”

The 2014 competing teams are:

  • Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Concordia University - John Molson School of Business, Canada
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • Sprott School of Business, Canada
  • University of Manitoba - Asper School of Business, Canada
  • Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Italy
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia
  • Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Universidad Panamericana Campus Bonaterra, Mexico
  • Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Esade Business School, Spain
  • Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
  • Kellogg - Northwestern, USA
  • University of Massachusetts, USA
  • Grand Valley State University, USA
  • Syracuse University, USA
  • Stetson University, USA
  • University of Vermont School of Business, USA