A few weeks ago, UT lit the Tower to celebrate our McCombs team win at the San Diego State University International Sports MBA Case Competition. We took some photos, had a drink or several, and had the great pleasure of receiving some “Hey the Tower looks great tonight!” texts. Even Prof. Craig Crossland presented us with an honorary raising of the orange dry erase marker in Strategic Mgmt class.
Did it feel good? Yeah, it felt good. Prettyyyyyyy good.
The case was very cool; It challenged us to create a sustainable funding structure for the United States Olympic Committee. But I don’t want to talk about that today. If you are so inclined, you can read more about the competition on the SDSU site and/or check out the PowerPoint presentation we delivered. Today, I want to talk about our team because, as I look back on the competition, these guys were the reasons we won and you need to meet them. So here’s the all-star lineup:
Arun Ram – Arun captivated the audience with a dominating leadoff performance. Everybody noticed the class with which he presented, including the camera crew who hounded him after our presentation for an interview like he was Kal Penn. Oh, and the dude can put together some slides. While you’re still giggling at the term “Harvey Balls,” Arun is halfway through a killer presentation. Seriously… he’s a PPT ninja.
Andrew Koperwas – Koper hustled everybody in San Diego, including his own teammates. Minutes before presenting, he admits to us: “I have no idea what I’m talking about…” and “This is going to be a disaster…” Very comforting. But here’s a warning to all of Andrew’s future teammates and coworkers: if he ever says anything like this to you, don’t believe him. He’s hustling you. Because when the lights were on him in San Diego, he crushed it. CRUSHED… IT…
Eric Brewer – In the competition’s most dramatic moment, Eric was put on the spot by judge Rob Prazmark, who just wasn’t inspired by our financial model. What happened next would’ve caused Eric’s high school math teachers to glow with pride. With all eyes on him, The Brew Master delivered a 45-second monologue that included terms like “distributive property of mathematics” and made the judges jump to their feet for a standing ovation! OK the last part about the ovation wasn’t true but he did actually say “distributive property of mathematics.” It was amazing.
Our trip to San Diego was a great one. We met some sharp people, competed against some impressive schools, and I felt proud to be part of a team that was able to represent McCombs with a win.