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Ethan Palinski (from left), Van Bui, Sydney Hart, and Michael Rivera Hernandez competed for Niagara University in the International Case Competition.

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - In collaboration with Western New York and Southern Ontario institutions, World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara hosted the fourth annual International Case Competition, inviting teams from colleges and universities on both sides of the border to compete virtually.

The Niagara University team formed a few weeks prior to the competition, working with Dr. Jim Kling, associate professor of management, on building their presentation. The team developed a basic outline of how to analyze and evaluate a case, a look at previous cases, a sample presentation within the 10-minute time limit, and how to identify what was likely to be in the case.

This year’s competition focused on Speed Global Services, a premier provider of supply chain solutions to clients in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Students were asked to define the challenges faced by Speed Global Services and provide their recommendations on how the company can best use their workforce, technology, and other resources to create stronger systems for their customers.

“NU presented a professional presentation, worked well together as a team, and offered a diverse group that ultimately contributed to their successful performance in the competition,” said Kling.

Niagara University’s team - consisting of Sydney Hart, Michael Rivera Hernandez, Ethan Palinski, and Van Bui - placed second overall in the competition, competing with teams from Brock University, Canisius College, Daemen University, Niagara College, and the University at Buffalo.

“I was really proud of the way the Niagara University team came together and took the competition seriously, working as a strong, cohesive team,” said Kling. “A couple of the students want to come back next year to participate and, hopefully, win.”

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