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Business students take first in UHV competition

May 13, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.

Dwayne Zatopek, left, Ayisha Qureshi, Megan Randle and Travis Chaka make up the winning team at the University of Houston-Victoria Spring 2013 Bachelor of Business Administration Conference.

SUGAR LAND - A quartet of University of Houston-Victoria business students knew the moment they became a team in their capstone course that they wanted to win the Spring 2013 Bachelor of Business Administration Conference.

The team recently presented their winning strategic analysis of Wal-Mart during the conference at UH Sugar Land, where UHV offers many of the programs.

The first-place team consisted of Travis Chaka, of Boling; Megan Randle, of El Campo; Ayisha Qureshi, of Sugar Land; and Dwayne Zatopek, of League City.

"Our team knew from the start that if we were going to dedicate all this time and effort into the project, we wanted to win," Randle said. "We got along great as a team, and that had a lot to do with our success. We were competitive and wanted to finish strong."

The group made up some of the more than 100 undergraduate business students who participated in the competition and heard a keynote address from Ivette Mayo, owner of Yo Soy I Am, a cultural diversity consulting company based in Houston.

UHV students who were enrolled in "Strategic Management," the capstone course of the BBA program, attended the conference along with judges comprised of faculty and former BBA students.

"The conference allows the students to showcase all the knowledge they've learned throughout their BBA program," said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. "It also gives the students a chance to talk to judges who have a deeper understanding of the business world."

The winning team members each received an individual plaque recognizing their accomplishment, and their names will appear on a plaque in the UHV School of Business Administration office.

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