Marquette MBA students win state investment challenge


February 13, 2013

Third ACG Cup win in five years for graduate business students

MILWAUKEE – Five students from Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management defeated teams from the University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Whitewater to win the fifth Wisconsin Association for Corporate Growth Cup. The ACG Cup is a case study competition where MBA students analyze and present on a hypothetical investment acquisition. This is the third year Marquette has won the competition.

The Marquette team, which won the $5,000 top prize, comprises MBA students Ryan Johnson, Sean Luedke, Jesse Maier, Michael Schroeder and Mick Trevey. The team first competed internally against five other teams at Marquette to advance to the state competition.

“Case competitions like the ACG Cup give our students the opportunity to analyze and solve real-world business challenges,” said Dr. Jeanne Simmons, associate dean. “That our students are able to showcase their technical proficiency, as well as learn to work in teams and make compelling presentations, is an invaluable part of our program.”

One of the highlights of Wisconsin’s ACG Cup is a training program developed by Milwaukee-based investment management firm Cleary Gull, which all students participate in prior to the intra-university competition, added Dr. Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration.

“The students were quick to identify Marquette coursework that helped them do well in the competition, with the highest praises going to Mark Zellmer, a long-time adjunct faculty member who teaches entrepreneurial finance at Marquette,” Eppli said.

The ACG Cup competition is judged by chief financial officers, investment bankers and other leaders in the field who are ACG members. ACG also provides mentors to the students.