Sunday, February 7, 2010

Marketing Summit 2010: Gratitude from Ohio

Greetings from Ohio! We just touched down in Columbus around an hour ago. We wanted to take a moment though to thank everyone involved in this amazing weekend.
First of all, thank you to Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest Schools of Business. Everyone on this handpicked team was a veteran case competition participant, and the Wake Forest MBA
Marketing Summit was the finest case competition that we have been to so far. Every moment of the weekend was carefully orchestrated, and the student volunteers worked around the clock to accommodate our team.
Thank you to the corporate sponsors who made the whole weekend possible. Huge thanks to
IBM for the giant $50,000 check. Thanks to BB&T for sponsoring the gala on Saturday night. Finally, thanks to Cheerwine for providing the beautiful and incredibly heavy Cheerwine Cup. On a side note, Jeremy and Ed couldn’t get enough Cheerwine this weekend; they probably went through a couple of cases by themselves.
Thank you to all the judges who came out to Wake Forest from all over the country. We hope that some of the ideas that the teams came up with this weekend can be implemented in the near future. If you need help with the implementation phase, several of us would be more than happy to assist after we graduate in June.
Thank you to the other teams for making the weekend enjoyable. We really enjoyed interacting with students from some of the finest MBA programs from around the world. It’s always a pleasure hearing about other schools and taking home some best practices to make the program better.
Finally, a huge thank you to Marc Ankerman, our case competition coach. Marc is the heart and soul of the MBA case competition program at The Ohio State University. He spends a lot of his personal time coaching the teams, meeting with us one on one, and traveling to case competitions. We have grown so much as presenters under his tutelage and the Fisher College of Business is lucky to have him.
Now it’s back to the books as many of us have midterms this week.

Thanks again for an amazing experience,
Mike Hrostoski
Vandana Agrawal
Ed Lapteanu
Jeremy Jacobs
Seth Blatter
Ryan Kilpatrick
Chad Stutz


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