Mays was among 18 schools nationwide to host the first phase of the KPMG International Case Study Competition. Top students from campus level competitions will compete against one another at the regional level in January 2011.

Mays students, Hannah Abalos ’12, Daniel Curl ’11, Drew Robins ’12 and Meghan Williams ’12 were the campus victors and will advance to the Dallas regional competition.

The competition reflects the audit, tax and advisory firm’s commitment to educating students by bringing the profession to the classroom, says a release from KPMG.

“We were delighted that KPMG offered this meaningful experience to our business students and I was pleased that the winning team was comprised of undergraduate accounting majors,” said Accounting Department Head Jim Benjamin. “I am confident that the regional competition will be a good learning opportunity for our students.”

Twenty-four Mays students entered the competition, which took place October 15. Each four-person team was given 48-hours to form observations and recommendations on a business case study based on a real company. The teams presented their findings to a panel of judges, including KPMG Houston Tax Partner Mike Terracina, Dallas Audit Senior Manager Ryan Stewart, Houston Audit Manager Daryl Taylor and Southwest Area Director of Recruiting Sarah Jacob.

“We’re pleased that Texas A&M students embraced the challenge of solving the case study and congratulate the winners,” said Stacy Sturgeon, KPMG’s national managing partner, university relations and recruiting. “We hope that each of the students took away sharpened critical thinking, technical and team-working skills as a result of participating in the competition.”

In the upcoming regional competition, the winning Mays team will compete against teams from the University of Texas and Baylor University. The regional winner moves forward to the national competition in New York City on February 4, 2011, to compete against six other teams. The winner of the national competition will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, to compete in a three-day competition against the winning teams from more than a dozen countries.


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