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

Almost 200 individuals attended SG-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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