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SAM team wins eighth national title

Sep 2, 2008
by Staff

Society for Advancement of Management adviser and retiring faculty member Lou Preysz went out with a bang, leading Flagler’s SAM team to its eighth Management Case Competition national title.

The team set a new record for SAM national title wins — no other SAM teams have won more than three of the awards. Flagler’s SAM team also landed several other honors, including its seventh Campus Chapter Performance Program national title, which recognizes the best SAM chapter in the country.

“As their adviser, I was awed by their preparation and delivery,” said Preysz, who was a professor of business administration. “We’re really smashing our old records. [We] swept every award we qualified for within our categories — the second time in a row we have achieved this milestone.”

Members of Flagler’s SAM Management Case team included Samuel Osborne, Kaitlin Gardiner, Vivian Helwig and Mihir Garud.

Flagler’s SAM team competed against undergraduate student chapters from 60 colleges and universities at the annual International Business Conference.

This year’s case company was Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, which has experienced a loss in profits in recent years. The team’s suggestions included reforming accounting practices, increasing marketing efforts and expanding globally to the Middle East and Asia.

“The judges said what was unique about the solutions we came up with was how they all tied together and had a sense of synergy,” said Helwig, who also won the National Outstanding SAM Student award.

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