St. Thomas MBA team wins student competition in Ohio

The St. Thomas University School of Business MBA High Performance Team won first place in their debut at the 11th Annual KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Student Competition, which was held in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this month.

The St. Thomas University School of Business Graduate Program competed against other top-tier business schools and universities, including Yale, American University, Penn State, Boston College, and UC-Berkeley. St. Thomas University’s team, which included graduate students Soledad Filgueira, Candy Sicle and Alicia Llamazares, was the only team from South Florida invited to the competition, which was held between Feb. 27 and March 1.

The team was assigned a strategic management and business development case relating to the competition’s main sponsor, The KeyBank Foundation. The team presented before a panel of judges representing KeyBank and other advisors during two, 20-minute rounds.

St. Thomas, which reached the “final five” round, won the competition after defeating teams from Yale, USC, Boston College and the University of Chicago. In addition, team member Filgueira, a Global Entrepreneurship major expected to receive an MBA degree in December, won the Best Presenter Award during the first round of the competition.