The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business won the 2017 Southeastern Conference M.B.A. Case Competition. The team included Indian American student Rohit Banerjee. ( photo)

The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business was named the winner of the 2017 Southeastern Conference M.B.A. Case Competition.

The winning team at the competition, which ran from April 7 through April 8 in Gainesville, Fla., included Indian American student Rohit Banerjee, originally from Hyderabad, as well as Matthew Green, Desiree Sullivan and Noah Winterer.

As part of the competition, teams were divided into four divisions and had 24 hours to develop a solution to a business issue facing Nationwide Insurance.

Each team analyzed the company’s case, developed a strategy and presented their solutions to a panel of judges, including Nationwide executives, according to a university statement.

“We had a really well-rounded team with different backgrounds and skill sets. That allowed us to create a comprehensive and convincing recommendation,” said Winterer in a statement. “It also helped us during the Q&A. Instead of just one person answering a question, we’d build off of each other to drive our points home.”

Georgia reached the finals by defeating Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi State in its divisional bracket. In the finals, the university beat host school Florida, which finished second, while Auburn finished third and South Carolina placed fourth.

“Our team was well prepared because we knew we would be facing tough competition,” said Anne Cooper. “But I felt confident because they did their research on Nationwide with their faculty adviser, Jim Carson, ahead of time, and when it was time for them to present they knocked it out of the park.”

For winning the competition, Georgia was awarded $10,000 and got to bring the SEC’s traveling trophy to the full-time M.B.A. program’s new home in Correll Hall.

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