February 14, 2007

Team Mindstorm Takes Top Honors at 14th Annual Deloitte Case Competition

Participants asked to integrate many management disciplines


Team Mindstorm won the 2007 Deloitte Case CompetitionLOS ANGELES — A team of five UCLA Anderson School of Management students won first prize at the 14th annual Deloitte Consulting Case Competition, held January 11-13th at UCLA Anderson.  Team Mindstorm received a cash grand prize of $5K.   The four finalist teams won a $1K prize.  The competition consisted of 22 teams made up of four to five UCLA Anderson students, for a total of 106 first-year MBA and second-year Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) students.

This year UCLA Anderson student teams were given the task of expanding J. Fold, a leather goods manufacturing company, into the women’s handbag market.  The company primarily manufactures men’s wallets and is looking to grow.  Teams were asked to make recommendations regarding target segment and placement, market entry strategy and economics, make vs. buy, and J. Fold’s organizational structure.

“The Deloitte Competition was a great simulation of what an actual strategy position would entail,” said Steven Toomey (MBA ’08), team Mindstorm captain.  “I think we ultimately won because we didn't just accept that task as a given, but questioned whether the task itself was the best use of the client's core competencies and resources.”

The Competition was led by Deloitte’s campus recruiter Amabelle Cardenas, UCLA Anderson School’s director of student services Susan Corley, and UCLA Anderson School’s manager of academic services Lynn Foxx.  Students were given the opportunity to focus on a broad business problem that requires them to integrate many management disciplines.

The members of the winning Mindstorm team are Steven Toomey (Captain), Andy Calver, Tara Hintz, Tyler Morris, and AJ Prager (all MBA ’08).

Each judge was paired with a Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Executive.  Teams had 5 minutes to set up, 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes to answer questions led by the judging panel.  The competition began with 22 teams on a Saturday morning, and by afternoon the judges selected five finalist teams to compete for first place.

Members of the $1k finalist teams were:

  • Avalanche: John Chan (Captain), Pakkawan Pongpornprot and Kevin Wong.
  • Casetastic: April Huang (Captain), Christophe Daguet, Adele Li, Craig Nesbitt and Delwin Ng.
  • Clutch Consulting: Michael Uyeda (Captain), Jachin Cheng, Robert Crowley, Greg Little and Fernando Saiz
  • The Apex: David Zhou (Captain), Brian Gamido, Vincent Hou, Nancy Hwang and Ricky Lin.

Judges included UCLA Anderson faculty: George Abe, lecturer; David Aboody, associate professor; Andrew Ainslie, associate professor; Jack McDonough, professor; Marvin Lieberman, professor; and Hans Schollhammer, professor. Also, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Executives Chris Bonner, Jim Moffatt, John Simrose, Mitch Stern and Albert Sun.

Judging criteria included:

  • Presentation Style 
  • Presentation Content 
  • Q&A Discussion

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
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