Three teams of graduating seniors presented their recommendations for Fike Corporation on April 21 at the eighth annual Strategic Management Case Competition.
To kick off the event, Bloch School Dean David Donnelly presented Marilyn Taylor, Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Chair of Strategic Management and faculty coordinator of the competition, with a certificate announcing the Marilyn Taylor Endowed Case Competition Fund. This endowment provides support for the cost of the annual event, ensuring its longevity.
Bloch faculty worked with Fike’s executive team, including President and CEO Brad Batz, to develop a case study about Fike’s recent and pressing challenges.
Fike is the experienced, trusted expert in rupture disc technologies, explosion protection, fire alarm systems and fire suppression solutions. In addition to its manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, Wales, Canada and India, Fike has sales and service offices throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
As part of the undergraduate capstone experience, three competing teams presented their recommendations to Fike Corporation executives and a panel of judges comprised of Kansas City area business leaders.
The winning team members were Molly Compton, McKinley Mason, Jeff Pack, Joe Samoszenko and Rachel Weber. Each member of the winning team received a $1,000 scholarship that can be applied to any Bloch School graduate program.