Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2018

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School News STUDENT NEWS Big Win in the Big Apple Watch The Phantom of the Opera and Anastasia, tour Wall Street, visit the National September 11 Memorial, win a Duff & Phelps case competition—thus read the itinerary for a team of BYU Mar- riott students visiting the concrete jungle of New York City. BYU Marriott's team was one of three chosen to travel to New York and com- pete in the Duff & Phelps case competi- tion, all expenses paid. Kyle Nordhagen, an accounting junior from Sandy, Utah; Jessica Landro, a pre-management junior from Frederick, Maryland; and Tyler Hardy, an accounting junior from Las Vegas, didn't just compete—they brought home first place, proving that NYC is where dreams come true. The case competition revolved around the newspaper industry. Since physical newspapers are dying but online news- papers are growing, participants were tasked to decide whether a newspaper should get bigger by merging or get out U.S. News Heralds BYU Marriott MBA U.S. News & World Report ranked BYU Marriott's MBA program and other BYU Marriott graduate specialty programs among the best in the country. The BYU Marriott MBA came in at No. 6 in the West and No. 35 in the nation based on metrics that included peer and recruiter assessments, placement success, and student selectivity. "We appreciate this recognition and will continue to support our students, alumni, and faculty to achieve their per- sonal and professional goals," says Grant McQueen, BYU Marriott MBA direc- tor. "It's a delight to watch our students become leaders in their businesses and communities." BYU Marriott programs also appeared in the publication's other graduate specialty rankings, including No. 4 in accounting and No. 24 in entrepreneur- ship. Specialty rankings are based solely on ratings by business school deans and directors of accredited MBA programs from the list of schools surveyed. of the business by shifting to online. Teams came up with deliverables heavily based on financial aspects, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and fairness opinions, which they presented to a panel of nine judges. BYU Marriott teams have competed in the Duff & Phelps case competition for the past seven years and have made it in the top three for six of the seven years. Why do BYU Marriott teams perform well in this competition? Hal Heaton, finance professor and team advisor, says many students have been standing in front of audiences at church since age three and are used to giving talks and answering hard questions. "In addition to all the faculty support, they are confident, comfortable, and able Seven BYU Marriott students were honored with the George E. Stoddard Prize, a $5,000 award given to exceptional second-year MBA finance students. "ese students represent the best and the brightest of the BYU Marriott MBA," says Hal Heaton, professor of finance and the graduate finance advisor who over- sees the selection of the Stoddard scholars. "We are confident they will go forth and serve in a way that will positively reflect on BYU. We are particularly grateful for the Stoddard family for providing the means for students to earn degrees and serve the world." e 2018 scholars are Trevor Blanc, Richard Bobo, Aaron Hammond, Austin Knutson, David Lake, Grant Manion, and Lauren Tavernier. e Stoddard Prize was established in 1985 by George E. Stoddard, a 1937 BYU alumnus. His numerous credentials include acting as senior managing director of W. P. Carey & Company, a leading global real estate investment firm in New York. He was a pioneer in the use of real estate transactions known as sale-leasebacks, which provide financing to companies struggling to gain access to traditional sources of capital. Before joining W. P. Carey & Company, Stoddard was also head of the multibillion-dollar Direct Placement Department of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Seven Students Named Stoddard Scholars Stoddard family members with Stoddard scholars. 37 summer 2018

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