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Inaugural Pitt Business and DICK’S Sporting Goods Analytics Case Competition

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Pitt Business David Berg Center of Leadership and Ethics recently partnered with DICK’S Sporting Goods to offer the first-annual, nationally focused Pitt Business Analytics Case Competition. The two-day competition, held March 23-24, was hosted at DICK’S Sporting Goods worldwide headquarters outside of Pittsburgh. 

Participating schools were Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, Miami University of Ohio, U.S. Air Force Academy, University at Buffalo, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Virginia.

The University of Pittsburgh team consisted of Alex Thornton, David Yesilonis, and Michael Ujevich. All are juniors majoring in accounting and finance, except for Ujevich, who is majoring in supply chain management and statistics.

“DICK’S and Pitt Business put on a unique, tough case that brought our team close together from a business perspective and friendship,” says Ujevich, who will be interning with DICK’S Sporting Goods this summer.

The case competition participants to prepare for the analytics-driven business challenge. The students used advanced data analytics techniques to solve current issues outlined by DICK’S Sporting Goods in the retail industry, and they provided their recommendations to a panel of DICK’S Sporting Goods employees serving as judges.

The first-place award of $3,000 was awarded to the University of Virginia. Carnegie Mellon University received the second-place award of $2,000 and University of Pittsburgh received the third-place award of $1,000.

The case competition also involved career and networking interactions. The DICK’s Sporting Goods analytics employees presented to students on how they can better comprehend and leverage analytics in their future careers. Following the case competition presentations, students had a group dinner in downtown Pittsburgh.

“Personally, this event was extremely important toward my career and future. I had the opportunity to network with some DICK’S employees and establish relationships that I will be able to build on in the future,” Ujevich says.