Congratulations ESADE Business School, Spain - Winners of the 2013 UVM FECC

Almost 200 individuals attended FECC as competitors, coaches, judges, sponsors, organizing team, student ambassadors and coordinators. President Tom Sullivan and Mayor Miro Weinberger joined the event, and did several media specialists.

Organizing Team

  • Seven Members
    • Franz Bernstein, Eva Carreira, Thomas Chittenden, Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Beth Parent, Dann Van Der Vliet, and Dita Sharma
  • 21 Student Ambassadors
    • 16 Team Ambassadors, 4 Room Coordinators, 1 Event Coordinator


  • 16 teams from some of the most progressive schools in family business education from around the world competed for the inaugural UVM Family Enterprise Case Cup
  • 60 competitors came from 10 countries in 4 continents
    • Argentina, Canada (3), Chile, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, USA (5)
  • In some teams, the competitors were 'international' students. For example, the ONLY Swede on the Swedish team was the coach
    • Competitors indicated 14 countries of origin. In addition to the the 10 countries represented by their institutions, there were competitors from Germany, Guyana, Romania, South Africa
  • Of the 60 competitors
    • 40 were undergrad students, while 20 were graduate students
    • 40 came from family business backgrounds, while 20 were from non-family business backgrounds


  • 60 individuals served on the 95 slots on the 21 judging panels
    • Judges came from 10 states in the USA, 2 Canadian provinces, and Germany
  • Each judging panel was a mix of
    • Family business owners / managers
    • Family business advisors / service providers
    • Educators / scholars
  • The judging panels of Wednesday and Saturday had 5 judges each
    • Each panel on Thursday and Friday had 4 judges
  • The Finalist panel was composed of:
    • John Ward, Co-founder of Family Business Consulting Group & Professor, Kellogg School, Northwestern University, Chicago
    • John Hall, CEO, Rachel Ray Inc.
    • Steve Ifshin, Chairman, DLC Management Group
    • Cindy Lombardo, 3rd / 4th generation family member
    • Pascale Michaud, President, Business Families Foundation, Montreal, Canada

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