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New Student Organization Focused on Winning Case Competitions

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pitt Future Business Leaders, a student-led case competition organization, formed in fall 2016, is actively seeking new members to strengthen its roster. Pitt Future Business Leaders, a student-led case competition organization, formed in fall 2016, is actively seeking new members to strengthen its roster.

The organization's goal is to establish an official group of Pitt Business students who will participate in inter-collegiate case competitions locally, nationally, and internationally on behalf of Pitt Business. So far, this group successfully competed in competitions at Georgetown University, University of Arizona, Washington University in St. Louis (Olin), and University of Washington.

"I enjoy the diversity and camaraderie of our members, as well as the impact of the real-life, practical, and hands-on experiences has," said Bradley Smertz, the organization’s president and a junior majoring in accounting, finance, and music. Smertz also credits the organization for improving his leadership and project management skills and for giving him practical consulting experience.

Pitt Future Business Leaders originated as part of the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics at Pitt Business. Among its creators are Associate Dean Audrey J. Murrell, former student Kevin Murray (BSBA ’16), and faculty members, Anthony Rodi and Ray Jones. Rodi is now the faculty advisor for this organization.

Pitt Future Business Leaders has a roster of 18 members, ranging from sophomores to seniors studying a range of business majors. Most members had previous case competition experience before joining the organization. 

Rodi and Smertz decide which members go to which competition based on a combination of factors including student schedules, academic disciplines, and abilities. They feel it is best to create a diversified case competition team best equipped to respond to the subject matter of the competition itself. 

New organization members will be provided the opportunity to develop their competition abilities by competing in local competitions sponsored by KPMG, Deloitte, and others. Those who do well may be added to the travel team for future competitions. 

Pitt Future Business Leaders began their formal recruiting process in the spring semester of 2017. Any student interested in joining Pitt Future Business Leaders should contact Smertz at bms104@pitt.edu to schedule an interview. The interview will consist of a short case study that the interviewee must complete to the best of his or her ability. The organization plans to accept five to six new members per semester.