UMSL’s Professional MBA students and Express Scripts employees, from left, Michael Shoemaker, January Realista and Charlie Moore tie for second place in the Association for Corporate Growth’s annual ACG Interuniversity Cup competition.

A team of University of Missouri–St. Louis Professional Master’s of Business Administration students took second place in the Association for Corporate Growth’s annual ACG Interuniversity Cup competition. UMSL hosted the event April 5 on campus.

The team, consisting of Express Scripts employees and PMBA participants January Realista, Charlie Moore and Michael Shoemaker, competed against teams from three other Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredited universities in the region.

The case analysis competition allowed students from local MBA programs to present valuation, capital markets and strategic advice to a panel of seasoned professionals.

The team from Washington University in St. Louis took first place, and UMSL’s team tied for second place with a team from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The UMSL team received a $2,000 cash prize and memberships to the Association for Corporate Growth.

Thomas Eyssell, associate dean and director of advanced studies for the college, and Hung-gay Fung, the Dr. Y.S. Tsiang Endowed Professor in Chinese Studies and chair of the finance area at UMSL, advised the team.

“The UMSL team presented a complex, well-thought-out analysis of a private equity acquisition to judges made up of local venture capitalists and private equity specialists,” Eyssell said. “The judges lauded the UMSL team on the depth and quality of its analysis and the obvious effort it reflected.”

UMSL’s Professional MBA program is a 23-month, hybrid face-to-face and online program. Students complete course work online and meet in person one weekend a month.

The Association for Corporate Growth is a national organization for middle-market merger and acquisition dealmakers and business leaders focused on driving business growth.  The ACG St. Louis Chapter joined 24 other ACG chapters throughout North America hosting similar ACG Cup competitions for more than 100 participating business schools.

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