Huntsman Post

Finance team travels to Canada for international competition

From left to right, Loren Stahle, Scott Duhadway and Fletcher DuHadway were on the team selected to compete in Canada. - Photo by Steve Eaton

By Connor Child

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business aims to provide students with hands-on learning and networking opportunities. Three Huntsman students got all that and more when they were invited to Vancouver, Canada, for the final round of an international business competition.

The three students made up a team that competed in the Finance International Case Competition hosted by Simon Fraser University. In the first round, teams from as far away as Spain, Hong Kong and Singapore were given a week to analyze a finance case and submit their reports to a panel of judges. The judges informed the Huntsman team that their submission was of the highest caliber and invited them to Vancouver for the final round.

In Vancouver, the students were given a more rigorous case and just three hours to prepare. The real challenge, according to the students, was only having one computer and no finance calculators. Despite the limitations, the Huntsman team was one of the few teams to come up with the correct solution.

Paul Fjeldsted, senior lecturer at the Huntsman School of Business, traveled with the team but was not allowed to help team members with their preparation.

“I didn’t say anything to them the whole time they prepared,” said Fjeldsted. “They did the whole thing on their own.”

The team is made up of two brothers, Scott and Fletcher DuHadway, and a friend, Loren Stahle. Of the three, Mr. Stahle is the only finance major. Both the DuHadways are operations management majors. Scott DuHadway said the competition was a great opportunity to round out his skills.

“I can put on my résumé that I was a finalist in an international finance competition,” said Scott DuHadway. “I’m not just an operations management major.”

In addition to competing, the students also had a chance to network with finance professionals. Mr. Stahle, who will graduate in December, especially appreciated the networking opportunity.

“Since I’m getting ready to graduate, I will have more connections when I’m looking for jobs and trying to find good positions after college,” said Mr. Stahle.

Fletcher DuHadway said the experience was valuable to him and he hopes his team’s success will resonate with other students at the Huntsman School of Business.

“I would recommend other business students take advantage of this competition and any others,” said Fletcher DuHadway. “Performance is what business is all about.”