Baruch College's National Association of Black Accountants Wins First Place in the 2015 KPMG/NABA National Case Study Competition
Baruch Students Win First Place at National Case Study Competition.
From left, Teon Loncke, Melissa Siew, Malika Sampson, and Anita Toure.
NEW YORK, NY -- September 10, 2015 -- For the third time, Baruch College’s National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) team won first-place honors in the 2015 KPMG/NABA National Case Study Competition. Held during NABA’s annual convention, which took place this past June in Las Vegas, the challenge is open to undergraduate students with a minimum 3.3 GPA. Participating teams work closely with KPMG professionals to resolve case studies based on real public accounting problems.
All teams were assigned the same case and given a few hours to prepare. A preliminary round was held in the morning, after which four out of seven teams advanced to the final round. According to Baruch team member Melissa Siew, “The competition was fierce.” Added second-time participant Teon Loncke, “The case was extremely lengthy and challenging, related to San Leon (a Polish energy firm) and its global fracking operations. Having already completed Business Policy (BPL 5100), a Zicklin BBA capstone requirement, I felt prepared and was able to integrate a strategy for the team.”
The team’s KPMG advisors included Baruch alumna Janelle Pierre-Louis (BBA ’10, MS ’12), a senior associate and member of the 2009 winning team. Communications Studies professor Denise Patrick was also instrumental in preparing the team, which included transfer student Anita Toure and freshman Malika Sampson, who stated, “Victory tasted like the most delicious slice of cake you could imagine.”
Each Baruch team member received $500 in prize money. Additionally, two interned at KPMG this past summer (one of whom received a full-time offer) and another received an internship offer for next summer.