Mays’ Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team brought home Rookie of the Year honors from the SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City.

During the national competition, SIFE teams presented multi-media summaries of the educational outreach projects they developed and implemented throughout the year. In its first year, Mays’ SIFE team participated in projects such as “Breaking the Cycle” with Phoebe’s Home and Project Unity, “Be Your Own Boss” with Snook High School and “Penci-Cola” with College Hills Elementary.

“Making it to the national competition in our first year was amazing in itself,” says Cynthia Billington of the Center for Retailing Studies, who serves as Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow (adviser) for the team. “But receiving Rookie of the Year at the National Exposition was a true testament to our team.”

Texas A&M SIFE team members include: Anthony Sullivan, sophomore; Chris Anderson, sophomore; Brady Ferguson, sophomore; Jonathan Collins, freshman; Lindsay Cox, freshman; Tennessee Walker, junior; Kelly Philbeck, freshman; Chet Creel, sophomore; Brettne Vitek, senior; and Kenny Kwong, an MBA student.

The business advisory board members for SIFE Texas A&M are Cheryl Holland, Center for Retailing Studies; Pat Sullivan, Blue Beacon Intl; Larry Hodges, Copy Corner; John Bernheim, Sam’s Club; and Rick James, Walgreens.