MBA students from the UNL College of Business Administration took home the first place trophy in the second annual ACG Nebraska Cup competition. The ACG Cup is an intercollegiate case study competition designed to give students invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking and private equity.
Tyler Cyboron from Ravenna, Neb., Andrew Lempka from Omaha, Neb., and Jared Thomas from Columbus, Neb., made up the winning team. Ben Herbers, a student in the joint MBA / Juris doctor program from Lincoln, Neb., also helped with the team preparation but was not able to participate at the competition.
Thomas believes the competition provided his team with great experience outside the classroom.
“The competition gave our team as close to a real world experience as possible,” Thomas said. “Presenting to some of the top business professionals in Omaha was tremendously worthwhile and I would highly recommend it to fellow business students.”
Team coach Dr. Richard DeFusco, professor of finance at CBA, was impressed with his team’s performance.
“Our team had a nice presentation prepared and did a good job answering some tough questions from the judges,” DeFusco said. “We will eventually receive the traveling trophy after it is engraved. As this year’s winner we will get to host the final round next year.”
This year’s competition was held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where students from UNL, UNO, Bellevue University and Creighton University competed.
The UNL team, which was awarded $4,000 for winning the competition, is now looking forward to competing in the regional competition which will take place in St. Louis during May.