UT APICS Team Wins General Motors & Wayne State University Business Case Competition

The third annual Business Case Competition sponsored by General Motors and Wayne State University took place over the 19th – 21st September.

2013 Industry Participants: General Motors (co-sponsor with Wayne State University), Delphi, Denso, Ryder, Lear, AIAG, Detroit Regional Chamber.

This year there were 20 teams from universities from across the USA and we are delighted to be able to tell you that The University of Toledo APICS Student Chapter team (Justin Blake, Emily Burghardt, Athrey Rajan and Sasha VonSacken) having been judged winners of their division in the first section of the competition went on to finish as the overall winners.


The winning team, Athrey, Sasha, Professor Sundar (UT APICS Student Chapter Adviser), Emily and Justin


To win the final Justin, Emily, Athrey and Sasha had to beat teams from Howard University, Florida State University, Colorado State University and Wayne State University.

The first case is distributed to students about three weeks before the event, they present their solution to a team of judges at the competition and a winning team is selected from each division. These winning teams are given a second business case and have 20 hours to prepare their solution before making their presentation to a panel of 4 judges in front of an of all the students participating in the competition.

The following individuals were the judges for the final

Bill Hurles– Executive Director-Supply Chain–General Motors

David Drouillard – Executive Director-Purchasing–General Motors

Kevin Wilson – Director–DENSO

Bob Monczka – Director of Research-CAPS Arizona State University

During the three-day competition held at The Renaissance Center, Detroit, all students were able to participate in a number of different events and activities including two employment oriented panel discussions, several sessions on the state of automotive industry supply chain by leading players in the field, a factory visit to DHAM plant of GM which makes the Volt, several interviews for fulltime employment and internship as well as a Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Congratulations to the team and we wish you success with your academic studies.

Use the link below to see an article in Automotive Logistics with much more information.


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