MBA Scholarships Awarded in UB Case Competition

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: April 22, 2008

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A $500 scholarship was awarded to each member of the winning team in the University at Buffalo School of Management's second annual Steven C. Verney MBA Case Competition.

The winners were Liz Blazey of Canandaigua, Abhishek Chandan of Vadodara, India, Adam Mackay of Hingham, Mass., Peter Ruocco of Grand Island, and Hui Keow Yeo of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All first-year MBAs at UB took part in the competition, which required them to read and analyze a Harvard business case and write a report recommending solutions for the company in the study.

The top four teams then presented their findings to a panel of judges in the event's final round on March 28 in the Alfiero Center on UB's North (Amherst) Campus.

The competition was created exclusively for first-year MBA students at the UB School of Management through a donation from Steven C. Verney, a vice president of Allstate Insurance Company in Chicago, who received his bachelor's degree in 1980 and his MBA in 1981 from UB.

Members of the second-place team each received $250 scholarships.

The judges for the final round of the competition were John Dunbar, MBA '81, principal of Strategic Investments & Holdings, in Buffalo; Ken Fick '98, director of forensic and litigation consulting at FTI Consulting in Washington, D.C.; Ronald Huefner, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the UB School of Management Department of Accounting and Law; and Stephen Kneeland, vice president for service marketing at Xerox Corporation in Rochester.

The Wall Street Journal ranks the UB School of Management 9th in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases. In addition, BusinessWeek ranks the school as one of the country's top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment, and Forbes cites it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit