Left to Right: Quentin Sahly, Joshua Deonarine, Marvin Schatzschneider, Matthew Shelton, and Jeffrey Gehring. Photo credit Kimberly Pichot

November 3, 2021

Andrews University Business Students Win Case Competition

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich.—The Andrews University School of Business Administration Shores Consulting team won first place in the inaugural Loma Linda University School of Public Health Undergraduate Healthcare Business Case Competition, held virtually on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

The Shores Consulting team from the School of Business Administration included four students from different majors who came together to study a healthcare management issue and were given a certain amount of time to solve the problem during the competition. The team members were Marvin Schatzschneider, senior finance/accounting major and team captain; Matthew Shelton, senior marketing major; Jeffrey Gehring, senior management major; and Joshua Deonarine, junior finance major. The faculty sponsor was Quentin Sahly, assistant professor of accounting.

Students reported that they each dedicated about 100 hours of work into this case study over the past three weeks in preparation for the competition. Each student brought their area of business expertise into analysis of the case. During the competition, the team was provided 15 minutes for their presentation with an additional 10 minutes for Q & A from the four-judge panel. After the Shores Consulting team was announced as the winner, the judges commended them for their original solution to the case study that also has the potential to address the real challenges currently facing the healthcare industry. “Your solution was imaginative, but you also showed the ability to apply critical thinking with the application of a well-researched solution,” stated one judge.

Marvin Schatzschneider, team captain, stated that he worked for PwC’s Deal Advisory group last summer specializing on financial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, saying, “I learned the value of presentation and questioning, as clients will often send over enormous amounts of information, and one must be constantly ready to synthesize and draw insights to add to deal value,” which really came into play in this case study and in leading his team.

“It was my pleasure to support the Andrews University Shores Consulting case study team. These four young men have great futures ahead of them. I feel blessed to have been a supporting part of their success,” stated Sahly.

For more information about the Andrews University School of Business Administration, visit andrews.edu/sba or contact Kimberly Pichot, College of Professions interim dean, at kpichot@andrews.edu.

Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 160 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 25 countries around the world.

Kimberly Pichot, interim dean, College of Professions