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Bentley Students Advance to National Finals in PwC xTAX National Case Competition to be held January 28, 2009

January 21, 2009

A team of Bentley students was selected by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as one of five national finalists in the xTAX (xTREME Taxation) case competition. Team members Meghan Norton (Junior), Rachael Reale (Sophomore), James Angelo (Sophomore), Justin Rubbo (Senior), and Andrew Kenyon (Senior) and Coach Professor Jay Thibodeau will travel to Washington, D.C., on January 28, 2009, to compete in the finals. Bentley was one of 41 schools that competed in the national competition, which is part of PWC’s xTREME Games program.

Participating teams had two weeks to develop a case to present to PwC partners and managers. Students were charged with clearly communicating a position, presenting in a dynamic way, and backing up the case solution in an interactive question and answer session. According to PwC, the characteristics that winning teams exhibit are critical thinking, presentation skills, teamwork, and time management. Other finalist schools are: Baylor University, Brigham Young University, University of Texas-Austin, and University of Wisconsin. 

In all, ten Bentley teams competed in the competition. Associate Professor of Accounting Jay Thibodeau and Assistant Professor of Accounting Tracy Noga each coached three teams and provided leadership on campus. Additional faculty coaches included Accounting professors Mahendra Gujarathi and Brian MacIver; Accounting Chair Mark Nixon; and ACELAB Director Art Reed.

The xTREME Games are comprised of two separate challenges: xACT (xTREME Accounting) and xTAX (xTREME Taxation). PwC launched the program in 2002 to help increase students' exposure to professional services and the world of public accounting. Since then, the games have grown substantially with more than 85 schools involved, more than 2,000 teams comprising 10,000 participants, and $1 million in prize money awarded.

Type: Campus News