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  • Crowe Horwath STAMINA2+ Case Competition

    March, 2018

    A-first place team


    Congratulations to PURDUE STUDENTS! 


    • 1st PLACE: Dhruv Patel and Grant Troyer
    • 2nd PLACE: Akash Raju and Vishal Vasan
    • FINALISTS: Hayden Grow and Nick Zimmerman & James Hamilton and Karan Sethi


    • EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: Hayden Grow 
    • RAPID RECOVERY: Grant Troyer

    During the March 22-23, 2018 STAMINA2+ Crowe Horwath Case Competition freshmen and sophomores working in teams of 2 had 2.5 hours to analyze a case and create a presentation on Thursday night.

    On Friday morning, the participants presented their recommendations to a group of judges who evaluated the presentation and also provided honest feedback.

    At this STAMINA2+ case competition, students enjoyed the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills and apply their classroom learning to help solve real problems. 

    Students from the Krannert School of Management, College of Engineering, and College of Science participated in this competition. The competitors plan to recommend the STAMINA interactive-learning experience to other students.

    THANKS to Crowe Horwath for sponsoring this case competition, and for sending judges to provide valuable feedback to the participants.

    Dyviam Shah, a Purdue Junior directed this competition in partnership with colleagues involved in the LCS Case Association.

    STAMINA is a rigorous case competition series sponsored by the Krannert School of Management. The STAMINA series was developed at Purdue University by the Leadership Communication Studio (LCS) in collaboration with consultants.

  • Land O' Lakes Living CASE Competition Winners

    First Place Team: Kavan Zommers, Nick Hathoot, Sumedh Badve, Kevin Smith
    Second Place Team: Can Zhoa, Maat Butler, Dhruv Patel, Alex Kortepeter
    Executive Presence Award: Leah Skillington & Roshn Marwah

    Participants toured a large dairy farm, paneled with representatives from Land O Lakes, and received a written case. Teams of four students working on teams were given 4-hours to prepare a recommendation to judges. Special thanks to Land O’ Lakes for sponsoring this unique learning opportunity at Purdue. The LCS partners with the School of Agriculture to host this learning experience.
    More details coming. 
  • Inaugural Valuation Case Competition

    Executive Presence Valuation Case Competition at LCS
    Executive Presence and Best Presenter - Amy Kierna

    Nine teams of Purdue students ranging from sophomores to seniors in a variety of majors from colleges across campus took part in the first annual Inaugural Valuation Case Competition. The competition was held at the Krannert School on February 23, 2018. The Leadership Communication Studio hosted the competition in partnership with the Purdue Finance Club and the Dean’s Office. To prepare for the competition, participants had the opportunity to attend the Wall Street Prep Workshop and 80 students from across took advantage of this learning opportunities. Students selected to compete in the competition gained access to Capital IQ, and attended a valuation workshop presented by Dr. Sergey Chernenko, an esteemed professor in finance.

    In the Valuation Competition, students had the option to work with undergraduates and/or master students. The task was to analyze the value of a firm, provide logical reasoning as to why it is undervalued and provide a valuation recommendation to a group of a venture capitalist.

    2018 Judges/Coaches

    • Richard Byrd
      Senior Vice President, US Capital Partners

    • Kenneth Harling, PhD
      Professor, Wilfrid University
      Visiting Professor, Purdue University

    • Chris Moorman
      Hoosier Hill, INC.

    • Kelvin Pennington
      Managing Principal
      Pennington Partners

    • Charlene Sullivan, PhD
      Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
      Associate Director of Finance
      School of Management, Purdue

    Winning Teams

    Team 1 - Valuation Case Competition at LCS1st Place Team - CVS - Kavan Zommers, Nick Hathoot, Sumedh Badve, Kevin Smith
    Team 2 - Valuation Case Competition at LCS2nd Place Team - Celgene - Mitch Witteveen, Drew Greene, Adam Dickson, Matt Rittman

    We applaud these student teams who worked diligently to showcase their best at this competition.

  • Finance Case Competition

    2018 STAMINA4

    February, 2018




    Zimmer Biomet hosted the second annual finance case competition at the School of Management in collaboration with the Leadership Communication Studio. This year, thirty six students participated in the Zimmer Biomet STAMINA4 case competition which provided students an opportunity to practice in roles as analysts.

    Steven Caltrider, a Krannert alum and current Financial Analyst for Zimmer Biomet stressed the importance of case competitions and how it prepares students for the real world challenges.

    “The amount of skills that you can learn by presenting in front of a company on their real world challenges, goes a long way in your future career. It sets you up to form smart habits while you’re in school. So when you start full time you have that opportunity to jump in on that first presentation and hit the ground running. It also teaches you creative skills as well as analytical thinking.”

    Congratulations to these REMARKABLE STUDENTS

    STAMINA4 Participants
    STAMINA4 Participants

    Executive Presence Award

    • Nan Ma
      School Of Management, Class Of 2019

    First Place 

    • Julianne Hughes
      Supply Chain, Information and Analytics, and Finance
      School of Management, Class of 2020

    • Michael Kipp
      Strategy and Organizational Management
      School of Management, Class of 2020

    • Grant Troyer
      School of Management, Class of 2021

    • Dhruv Patel
      Finance and Economics
      School of Management, Class of 2020

    This winning team signed up to participate for an opportunity to practice and showcase their creative, analytic, academic and finance skills outside of the standard classroom.


    Additional photo of STAMINA4 Participants
    STAMINA4 Participants

    Second Place

    • Natalie Gurnik
      Engineering and Industrial Management
      School of Management, Class of 2021
    • Pratik Kagrana
      Industrial Management and Computer Science
      School of Management Class of 2019

    • Joseph Sawicki
      Industrial Management and Computer Science
      School of Management, Winter Class of 2018

    • Clarke Wilson
      Pharmaceutical Sciences
      School of Pharmacy, Winter Class of 2018

    The second place team participated in this competition to put their problem-solving skills to the test, learn more about the career opportunities, and to deliver a strong set of recommendations to the Zimmer Biomet.

    THANKS to the Zimmer Biomet Judges who provided valuable feedback to the students to help them excel in their future endeavors.

    • Steven Caltrider
      Financial Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis

    • Derek Thwaits
      Senior Financial Analyst, Quality and Regulatory

    • Cara Burris
      Finance Manager, Operations

    Zimmer Biomet Guest and Coach: 

    • Colton Geiger
      Associate Financial Analyst, Hips Finance