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A Team of MBA Students Won Second in the ACG Cup


For the second time in two years, a team of MBA students from the Hamline School of Business finished second in the Association for Corporate Growth regional competition for its prestigious ACG Cup. The event was held on Thursday, February 13 at the Carlson School of Management.

To compete for the ACG Cup, teams of MBA students from schools around the region have a week to prepare and present their recommendations on a complex corporate-finance case before judges who are professionals in the private-equity, investment-banking and corporate-acquisition fields. Winners get bragging rights and cash prizes.

Hamline’s MBA students Xou Thao, Eric Asare, Gao Thor, Dan Horan and Brad Dalberg first had to beat four other teams of Hamline MBA students to reach the ACG Cup competition. Their hard work has paid off and now they will share the second-place prize money provided by ACG Minnesota.

After the competition, all of them agreed with Thor when she stated, “It was a good experience, coming together with others having different areas of expertise to work together on such a challenging team project.”

Of note, the judges were impressed with the Hamline team’s performance, especially since all of its members are working professionals.

The ACG Cup competition is integrated into a Finance elective called, “Corporate Growth.” This year, the instructor for this course’s 23 students is Cory Markling, CFA. Cory earned his MBA in 2009 from the Hamline School of Business. Assisting Cory this year is David Christopherson, Ph.D., who earned his BA degree from Hamline in 1970.


Written by staff.