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Regional MBA Students Vie for Association for Corporate Growth (AGC) Honors

Feb. 22, 2013

More than 200 students from 10 area institutions — including Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine, UCLA, USC and UCI — are taking part in a regional case study contest that enters semifinal competition Thursday, Feb. 28.

The CSUF Mihaylo College of Business and Economics will host the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) contest in which teams of MBA students receive details on a bid to buy a fictional company and have a week to recommend a course of action before a panel of judges acting as a company's board of directors.

The semifinals will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in Room 3230 of Mihaylo Hall.

Judges are: Jeff Tillman of Crowe Horwath, Bruce Lipian of Stonecreeek Capital, Allan Siposs of FMV Capital Markets Inc., Jim Scheinkman of Snell & Wilmer, John Bunnel of Fractional CFO, Darleen Armour and John Asbrook of FMV Opinions, Bruce Conklin of Kibel Green, Chris Hebble of Cerberus and Jeralin Cardosa of Sheppard Mullin.

"This is an excellent, real-world experience for our MBA students to test their knowledge and abilities against others," said Chris Kondo, acting director of the CSUF MBA program. "These teams will be judged on their teamwork, ability to work under deadline, their public presentation proficiency, capacity to defend recommendations and adaptability when circumstances change. "

Representing Mihaylo College will be MBA students Sunil Lakhani of Culver City, Ryan Laiola of Placentia and Tracey Carter of Yorba Linda.

The ACG Cup competition was launched in 2005-06; this is the second time that an ACG Cup contest has been held at CSUF.

The Southern California ACG Cup finals, featuring the four top regional teams, will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. March 12 at the Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrance. The regional winners will take home $10,000; runners-up receive $6,000, $4,000 or $1,000.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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