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Intercollegiate competition expands skills and network

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Intercollegiate competition expands skills and network
Five young men in suits, posing for a photo on yellow furniture.
The Oakland University ACG Cup 2020 team. From top left: Spencer Sharp (operations management), Jacob Bommarito (team coach), Alexander Bommarito (FIN ’19), Timothy Bery (accounting and finance), Bailey Curtis (finance). Photo Credit: Tiberius Images.

Oakland business students pitted their investment banking, valuation, and merger and acquisition knowledge against students from other Michigan colleges at the 2020 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Western Michigan Cup. In this competition, the team of four OU business students faced off against 23 teams from 11 schools in analyzing complex business cases. The event also offered participants time to learn about companies and career opportunities in western Michigan.

Timothy Berry, accounting and finance major, Alexander Bommarito, FIN '20, Bailey Curtis, finance major, and Spencer Sharp, operations management major, represented Oakland University, along with coaches Robert Uptegraff Jr., special instructor, finance, and Alexander’s brother, Jacob Bommarito, analyst, Doeren Mayhew.

Serious competitions like the ACG Cup allow motivated students to put their skills to practice in real-world settings.

While working through high-level finance concepts, the team members used this unique platform to put their classroom learning to work in front of a panel of seasoned professionals. Through this experience each student gained a glimpse into the mergers and acquisitions world and what careers in the field look like.

Sharp notes the value of this experience in building critical skills such as “how to give a presentation in a business-setting, how to work with a team to accomplish a goal and how to network with professionals.”

As one of only a few non-finance majors competing, Sharp found the experience valuable for his education and future career. As an operations management major, Sharp says interacting with finance professionals as well as other students at the ACG Cup opened his “eyes to a career path I had not previously considered.” He recommends business students take advantage of opportunities to take part in experiences like the ACG Cup, saying it’s instrumental to “anyone looking to get the most out of their college experience and become as well-rounded as possible before entering the job market.”

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