Bloch School Team Wins ACG Cup for the Third Time

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From right: Faculty advisor Nathan Mauck, John Atwell, Jacquie Ward and Colin Livasy celebrate their 2015 Kansas City ACG Cup win.


A UMKC team has been awarded the Kansas City Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup for the third consecutive year, beating out competitors from across the region. The team, comprised of Henry W. Bloch School of Management graduate students, included John Atwell (M.S.F.), Jacquie Ward (MBA) and Colin Livasy (M.S.F.) along with faculty advisor Nathan Mauck, Ph.D., They received a $5,000 cash reward and the prestigious ACG Cup title.

“We’re excited for this third consecutive win, because as we strive to excel in every individual competition, we also want to achieve consistency in performance over time,” said Fred Hays, chair of the Bloch School Department of Finance.  “This win demonstrates that our students not only have a solid understanding of the principles of financial valuation, but also have strong presentation skills, which are highly valued.”

Another UMKC team, made up of Andrea Biagioli (MBA), Patrick Closser (M.S.F.) and Ken Tysick (MBA) received third place in the competition.

The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Science in Finance (M.S.F.) programs across the country real world experience in mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions strategic advice to a panel of seasoned professionals from within the ACG community. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school and regional competitions.

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