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Record participation in 2011 season, 1,636 MBA students from 125 business schools

29 August 2011: CHICAGO—A record-setting 1,636 MBA students from 125 business schools participated in ACG Cup competitions over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year. The ACG Cup is an M&A case-study competition offered by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). $213,850 in scholarships and awards were given to competition winners by 26 ACG chapters throughout the United States

ACG members–all experienced mergers and acquisitions professionals–judge the competitions, which engage business school teams in business analysis, valuation and strategy development. The intense competitions provide feedback from real-world experts and link the next generation of top-tier business-school talent with potential M&A employers.

"The students participating in this competition are the future of the mergers and acquisitions industry," said Aric Hassel, ACG Cup committee co-chairperson, vice president, The Bank of Kentucky and member of ACG Cincinnati. "And if the results of this competition are any gauge of what is to come, their future is bright."

"This season of ACG Cup was the most competitive we’ve seen in the programs eight year history," said Lynn Sommer, ACG Cup committee co-chairperson, senior manager, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young and member of ACG New York. "With more chapters and business schools involved year after year, the ACG Cup competition is the fastest growing MBA competitions out there."

 "MBA student participation and scholarship awards set new records this year" said Gary A, LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, ACG president and CEO. "Such growth shows the value that ACG members are bringing to business schools and students. ACG members are proud to invest in the growth and development of the next generation of M&A professionals."

Congratulations to the ACG Cup 2011 winning schools and teams:

ACG Arizona
Arizona State University—W.P. Carey School of Business     

  • Andy Harper
  • Craig Brown
  • Sarah Porter
  • Albert Putzig 

ACG Atlanta
Emory University—Goizueta Business School

  • Joseph Edelstein
  • Lindsay Edwards
  • Matt Long
  • Michael McCullar
  • Kevin Wong 

ACG Boston
Dartmouth College—Tuck School of Business

  • Kevin O'Connell
  • Jon Pressnell
  • Greg Thomas
  • Matt Bank 

ACG Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati—Carl H. Lindner College of Business 

  • Annie Ferreri
  • Ravi Grandhi
  • Ryan Smith 

ACG Cleveland                                
Case Western Reserve University—Weatherhead School of Management       

  • Andrew Gibbons
  • Anand Gomes
  • Bernie Orellana Heredia
  • Jay Vaidya
  • Hui Joyce Wang 

ACG Connecticut
Yale School of Management               

  • Michael Barjum
  • Tugce Dursun
  • Alejandro Palcido
  • Jesse Yao

ACG Dallas/Fort Worth     
Southern Methodist University—Cox School of Business       

  • Phillip Thompson
  • Karun Konduru
  • Christopher Myers
  • Matthew Johnson 

ACG Denver
University of Denver—Daniels College of Business

  • Dan Testell
  • Chris Lathrop
  • Judson Whiteneck 

ACG Detroit
Walsh College

  • Dan Chenoweth
  • Jim Cook
  • Brian Lemon 

ACG Indiana          
Notre Dame—Mendoza College of Business

  • David Young
  • Tim Chapman
  • Annand Hengway
  • Hammad Qadir

ACG Louisiana
Louisiana State University—E. J. Ourso College of Business

  • Andrew Decker
  • Francesca El Ghawi
  • Justin Deshotel 

ACG Minnesota     
St. Thomas University—Opus College of Business

  • Kyle Jorgenson
  • Ted Long
  • Gurkan Peksoz
  • Bhakti Raicha
  • Brett Wong 

ACG National Capital
The University of Maryland—Robert H. Smith School of Business

  • Derek Criswell
  • Nicolas Godfrey
  • Quint Mansell
  • Elan Rozmaryn

ACG New York
Baruch College—Zicklin School of Business

  • Erik Andersen
  • Aditya Bhatt
  • Shmuel Lieberman
  • Ksneia O'Neil

ACG Philadelphia
Drexel University—LeBow College of Business

  • Jideofor Agba
  • Chun Hui Liu
  • Andrew Kennedy
  • Chrystelle Foaleng

ACG Pittsburgh     
Duquesne University—Donahoe Graduate School of Business

  • Jeffrey Gladstone
  • Mark Kampert
  • Lauren Lambert
  • Paul Mau
  • Mary Frances Stotler

ACG Raleigh Durham
Wake Forest University

  • Adam Richeson
  • Chas Mansfield
  • Ryan Poulsen
  • Kevin Grace
  • Colin Clark 

ACG Southern California (ACG Orange County, ACG Los Angeles, ACG San Diego)
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)—Anderson School of Management       

  • Zach Friedland
  • Mike Truex
  • Chris Davidson

ACG South Florida
University of Miami—School of Business Administration

  • Jordan Barrocas
  • Jonathan Brackman
  • Robert Fishman
  • Jarred Leibner

ACG St. Louis
Washington University—Olin School of Business

  • Gaurav Chauhan
  • Jie Yan
  • Shangen (Brian) Tang 

ACG Tampa Bay    
University of Florida—Warrington College of Business Administration

  • William Light
  • Jesse Andrews
  • Yujin Cho
  • Carol Skordas
  • Andrew Winner

ACG Utah
University of Utah—David Eccles School of Business

  • William Shelton
  • Chris Takemori
  • Gavin Stoddard
  • Gibson Peters
  • Zac Peeler 

ACG Wisconsin
Marquette University—Graduate School of Management

  • Dr. David Blong
  • Darren Dewing
  • Brad Hutjens
  • Tara Stewart 

ACG Western Michigan
Grand Valley State University—Seidman College of Business

  • Victoria Ichungwa
  • Rabih Jamal
  • Morgan Webb

This year’s case study was provided by Houlihan Lokey and was housed on a datasite provided by Merrill DataSite. Training the Street provided educational webinars for participants.

The ACG Cup has distributed nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards since the first competition in 2004. While the financial rewards of the ACG Cup are noteworthy, the true value is the experience that students gain by interacting with middle-market M&A professionals and the advancement of team-building skills.

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