Angel Academy took first place in the undergraduate division, while Fiber Core Systems captured the top prize in the graduate division during the fifth annual Golden Eagle Business Challenge, held Dec. 4 on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.
Teams of undergraduate and graduate students put together business plans and made their presentations to a panel of judges as part of the day-long event at the Thad Cochran Center.
Angel Academy included team members Hannah Gregory, Lindsey Hodges, Madelyn Jones and Misha Sumrall. Second place in the undergraduate division went to Misfortune Cookies represented by Angela Kelly and John Robertson.
Fiber Core Systems included team members Paul Joyner, John Pitre and Cara Percy. Second place in the graduate division went to S3 Sports represented by Chuck Scheiderman, Lenny Scardino and Matthew Stambaugh.
Winners in the graduate division received a check for $1,050. Second-place finishers in that division collected $750. Undergraduate competitors were not eligible for cash prizes.
“All involved truly enjoyed the experience,” said Dr. Jennifer Sequeira, associate professor of management at Southern Miss. “Most importantly the students that competed found the experience to be fun and worthwhile. They had the opportunity to network with individuals representing all aspects of business, an opportunity with which they are not often presented.”
Challenge judges included the following: Christian J. Corral, Noetic Technologies; Dr. Beverly Ann Dale, entrepreneur and retired director of business development of Roche Molecular Systems Inc.; Max Draughn, Cypress Pharmaceuticals; Kathryn B. Freeland, Freeland & Associates, LLC; Dr. Brent D. Hales, assistant professor of Economic and Workforce Development; Eric Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Media LLC; Elizabeth Randall, Randall Perkins Group LLC; Todd Gregory, Cintas Corporation; and Jason Skrmetti, Cintas Corporation.
Other company names and representatives in the undergraduate division included the following: The Daily Catch – John Lieu, Ben Roark, Jim McCown and Maurice McCormick; and The Doggy Bag – Fred Schwan, Brittany Bailey, Freddie Gentile and Grant Pol.
Other company names and representatives in the graduate division included the following: Second Chance – Drew Powell, Luke Smitherman and Nora Strickland; and Advanced Performance Technologies LLC – Justin Dyck, Morgan Johnson and Elias Bahar.
Fiber Core Systems won first place in the graduate division of the Golden Eagle Business Challenge held Dec. 4 at The University of Southern Mississippi. Team members included, left to right: Paul Joyner, John Pitre and Cara Percy. (Submitted photo)
Members of Angel Academy took first place in the undergraduate division of the Golden Eagles Business Challenge held Dec. 4 at The University of Southern Mississippi. Team members included, left to right: Madelyn Jones, Misha Sumrall, Hannah Gregory and Lindsey Hodges. Also pictured are Angela Kelly and John Robertson, representing the second-place team Misfortune Cookies. (Submitted photo)
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