MBAs tackle real-life challenges

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Instead of using a stale Harvard Business case, student finalists in the School of Management’s 14th annual MBA case competition applied their problem-solving skills to a real-world situation closer to home: how to boost the economy of the Village of Wilson after the recent closing of the Pfeiffer Salad Dressing plant.

Recommendations were diverse, from making Wilson—a Niagara County community on the shores of Lake Ontario—a Wi-Fi village to processing organic applesauce in the now-vacant manufacturing plant to leveraging tourism opportunities.

Wilson Mayor Patrick Kelahan, a UB MBA alumnus, worked with the School of Management to develop the case. He also served as a judge for the competition, along with SOM Dean Arjang Assad; Joseph Bell, vice president of acquisition integration, Moog; Karen Howard, vice president of finance and CFO, Columbus McKinnon; and Kathleen Neville of Neville Consultants Inc.

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