National Society of Hispanic MBAs and PepsiCo Annc Case Competition Finalists 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo


Hispanic-MBA-PepsicoToday the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) announced the finalists for the Case Competition sponsored by PepsiCo. This program is a unique event designed to give high-powered MBA student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities in a formal competition.

As part of the competition, teams are given a hypothetical business case to develop business solutions for a current operational, marketing or financial challenge. Each student team then prepares and presents its case before a panel of experienced business leaders from PepsiCo. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the likelihood of their recommendations and the value of their presentations. Though three teams are usually selected, this is the first year four finalist teams were chosen due to the effort and capability of the teams.

“We love to challenge MBA students with real-world scenarios, and NSHMBA’s Case Competition is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and capabilities to PepsiCo,” said Thomas Savino, NSHMBA Interim CEO. “NSHMBA is excited to host this challenging event and proud to have an industry leader like PepsiCo serve as its sponsor for the past 3 years.”

Richard Velasquez of PepsiCo stated, “I’d like to thank all the student teams that entered the PepsiCo NSHMBA Case Competition. The entries were top quality and highly competitive. The results were so close we’ve decided to invite an extra team to present at the National Conference in Chicago. Congratulations to the top four teams!”

Final presentations will take place during the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo October 8th-10th in Chicago. Watch these future leaders in action on Thursday, October 8th starting at 7:30 am.

The four finalist teams presenting are:

1. Northwestern University

  • Business School – Kellogg School of Management
  • Team Name – #NowStreaming
  • Team Members – Laura Araujo , Giuseppe (Joe) VerdeMarco De La TorreAbigail Staples

2. University of South Carolina

  • Business School – Darla Moore School of Business
  • Team Name – #Bubbly Solutions
  • Team Members – Galen LabotkaKyle JansenTaimour Khan

3. Northwestern University

  • Business School – Kellogg School of Management
  • Team Name – Inspire
  • Team Members – Amrit Chavada, Siddharth Deekshit, Khushboo Kumra

4. Northwestern University

  • Business School – Kellogg School of Management
  • Team Name – #PepsInvent
  • Team Members – Ritwik MananAnnie Doan, Ishvaria Raman, Michelle Udezue

The winning team will be selected at the conference. All participating finalists will be provided travel and accommodations and all will attend a special reception and dinner. To view the Case Competition’s full information, visit: