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Ross Team Earns $10,000 in Business Case Competition

4/3/2008 --

The Executive Leadership Council and Shell Oil award second prize to Ross students in a competition for students of color.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Ross School of Business students Ken Powers, Rochelle Sinclair, Joffrey Wilson, Juan Pablo Undurraga, and Cristian Gomez snagged second place in the Executive Leadership Council's "Jiffy Lube Offering" competition.

Co-sponsors Shell Oil Co. and the ELC, an organization comprised of senior African American corporate executives, invited individual African American students (or teams of up to five) to participate in the competition. The event, which took place at Shell headquarters in Houston, challenged teams to develop innovative solutions to satisfy the needs of Shell's Jiffy Lube franchisees. Finalists were invited to present their plans to the president of Shell Oil, the president and CEO of the ELC, a panel of distinguished judges, and a corporate audience.

"Shell is pleased to support the Executive Leadership Council's 2008 Business Case Competition," said Shell Oil President John Hofmeister. "As diversity is critical to our business, we seek to work with proven organizations such as the Executive Leadership Council to identify future minority leaders to become a part of Shell, helping to bring energy security to the U.S. and beyond."

The Ross School team placed second among the pool of 20 competing teams representing schools across the country. In its six-year history, the ELC's Business Case Competition has attracted student teams from top colleges and universities, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, and Stanford University.

The ELC and its sponsors founded competitions like the Business Case Competition in an effort to help develop the next generation of African American corporate executives.

Written by Leah Sipher-Mann

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847, bernied@umich.edu