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Bentley Students Win Top Awards in National Case Competion Sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Management

May 3, 2006

For the second year in a row, Bentley College students won two divisions of a national case competition sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM). The teams were awarded first place in both the Open Division, which allows graduate students to participate, and the Undergraduate Division.

The three-day event, which included 34 teams from 29 colleges and universities nationwide, was held in Orlando, Florida in April. The undergraduate team of junior Manuel Careiro, and seniors Greg Conklin, Amber Mackie, Sarah Mills and Scott Morency won the James Rutherford Award, defeating teams that included the University of Tennessee and Wright State University.

The Open Division team of junior Matt Ausmann, and seniors Steve Beltis, Mike Patton, Rebecca Roseme, and Daniel Theirl (with junior Megan Beane as an alternate) was awarded the Thomas Greensmith Trophy, defeating schools such as Northern Illinois University. The teams were coached by Lou Chin, associate professor of management; Marie Rock, senior lecturer of management; and John Seeger, professor of management.

Bentley teams have had a winning history in strategic case competitions, claiming the top spotin the SAM Undergraduate and Open divisions in 2005, winning the SAM Open Division in 1999, the SAM Undergraduate Division in 2000, the Boston Business School Beanpot in 1998, and making it to the national finals in the National Black MBA Association's case competition in 2004 against larger teams from schools including MIT and Duke.

A non-profit organization, SAM builds bridges among academicians, practitioners, and students not only to better share management expertise, but also to develop and promote new management ideas.

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