University of Southern Indiana

USI team competes in final four in IMA national accounting competition for eleventh time

A team of students from the University of Southern Indiana placed second when they competed in the final four in the national Student Case Competition sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). The IMA conference, held in Denver, Colorado, on June 17-21, provides students with the opportunity to network with business colleagues and remain current with the latest professional standards and trends.

This was the eleventh year for USI to qualify for the national finals. Team members were Joshua Beiriger, finance and marketing, Kyle Hoeing, accounting, Ryan Loehrlein, engineering and finance, and graduate student Carly Whitesell. Faculty sponsor was Jeanette Maier-Lytle, instructor in accounting. USI is also one of only two universities to have won the IMA five times.

USI's Team Qualifies as Final Four team in the annual IMA Student Case Competition.
L to r: Ryan Loehrlein, Kyle Hoeing, Jeanette Maier-Lytle, Carly Whitesell, and Joshua Beiriger.
Photo credit: Institute of Management Accounting (IMA).

Accounting teams from universities across the country entered the first round of IMA competition. To qualify for the finals, each team prepared a 15-minute video presentation and submitted it for blind judging. Four teams were chosen to make live presentations in the final round at IMA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado In the finals, each team’s 15-minute presentation was followed by a single common question from the judges. Judges were selected from industry and academia across the country.

The first place team was from University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and other finalists were American University of the Middle East and Wright State University. All finalist teams received an award of $3,000.

The Student Case Competition is sponsored annually by IMA to promote sound financial/accounting analysis and presentation skills. IMA is an organization for management accounting and finance professionals, which has about 75,000 members worldwide.

Published June 19, 2017

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