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11th first place finish for Society for Advancement of Management

Apr 8, 2019

Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) Flagler College team landed its 11th first place championship at the case national competition in Orlando. The student team was Michelle Claas, Jaydie Allen, Taylor Johnson, Brandon Chaisson and Jason Williams.

Five students from Society for Advacement of Management pose with Professor Paula Holanchock in their Hard Rock tshirts

The case competition is the culminating event after three months of work on an assigned case. At the event, each team presents its solutions to the case study’s issues. This year’s case was Hard Rock Café which presented an uncommon challenge – limited access to financial information since it is not a publicly-traded company.

Paula Holanchock is assistant professor of business administration who has served as advisor for the last 11 years. She deemed the competition tough this year with over 20 colleges and major universities competing. The pressure was on for her students to continue the Flagler legacy as it’s the only college or university to win 11 titles.

“I am extra proud of this team as they demonstrated a cohesiveness and camaraderie that I have never witnessed before,” she said.

Holanchock described the three months of work as intense and draining. The team was new this year with exception to returning student Claas. The students had to figure out how to work together on their case while also attending classes full time, working and staying involved in other campus organizations.

The rewards are many though for those who succeed: job opportunities, networking with major companies and the chance to get your ideas in front of the case company. This year, that means team Flagler will have their presentation and ideas reviewed by upper level staff at Hard Rock Café.

“This is truly a prestigious accolade and also representative of our many amazing professors who have helped to instill the skills and knowledge necessary to compete at such a competitive level,” said Holanchock.

Five students in front of a presentation screen with professor Paula Holanchock accept their first place award.

Students and Professor Holanchock (in middle holding trophy) accept their 1st place trophy.

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