Gabelli students rise to the case-study challenge

Fordham's winning team at the KPMG International Case Study Competition

Fordham’s winning team at the KPMG International Case Study Competition

Case-study competitions challenge students to demonstrate their skills in scenarios that replicate the real business world.

This fall, 64 Gabelli School accounting students are up to that challenge—representing Fordham in three separate tax and accounting contests.

Six Gabelli School teams participated in the KPMG International Case Study Competition; the judges’ top pick among those groups—comprised of Michael Kontolios, George Morfogen, Gabriella Puma, and Jonathan Savorgiannakis, all BS ’18—is moving on to the semifinal round.

If they win at the seminfinals in January, they will head to Lisbon, Portugal, for the final round in the spring.

In PwC’s fall competition, the local-round win went to the Gabelli School team of Matthew Farrell, Christopher Mangine, and Olivia Reizer, all BS ’18, and Caitlin Hanus, BS ’19, who triumphed over stiff competition from New York University.

This weekend, two Fordham teams will compete in the Deloitte FanTAXtic case study competition. Working with Associate Professor Stanley Veliotis and Clinical Associate Professor Paul Kushel are Nicholas Corliss, Jeffrey Field, Joshua Yi, and Yichen Yue, all BS ’17; James O’Hara, BS ’18; Jenna Florendo, Emilie Frangione, and Anthony Pirrone, all BS ’19. 

The Deloitte competition matches undergraduates with master’s students, too; this year’s Gabelli School teams include Kaweier Zhao and Ruiwen Zhu, both MBA ’17.

If either of the two Fordham teams wins the Deloitte regional competition, that group will travel to Dallas in January for the final round. Prizes for the Deloitte contest include individual scholarships and cash awards for students’ home schools.

Stay tuned for the next round of results! In the meanwhile, if you have specific questions about the accounting profession—or are interested in participating in competitions like these in the future—schedule an appointment with accounting advisor Tara Naughton via Gabelli Access.

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