World Champions: Wake Forest University Wins KPMG International Case Competition

4.8.2011 General, News Release, School News

ISTANBUL, TURKEY— A team of undergraduate students from the Wake Forest University Schools of Business earned the world championship title on April 8 at the KPMG International Case Competition in Istanbul, Turkey. Wake Forest, representing the United States, defeated the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden in the final round of competition.

The Wake Forest team is comprised of accountancy major Megan Petitt ('11) of Orlando, Fla., finance majors Tim Rodgers ('12) of Corrigan, TX and Swayze Smartt ('11) of Dallas, TX, and business and enterprise management major Afton Vechery ('11) of Woodbine, MD.

To advance to the global competition, the Wake Forest team was victorious at the campus level, at the regional round in Atlanta, and in the national finals in New York City. Wake Forest competed against teams from more than a dozen other countries in the KPMG International Case Competition April 6-8 in Istanbul, Turkey.

“Our faculty, staff and students are so proud of this team and the fine job they have done representing not only Wake Forest, but the entire country,” said Dean of Business Steve Reinemund.

This is the second consecutive year that Wake Forest was victorious at the international level. The sole returning team member, Swayze Smartt said, “Presenting in front of a panel of judges from several different countries is a unique experience that really challenges the team to think differently about all possible solutions to business problems.”

Competitors had three hours to come up with a solution to overcome a business challenge. The KPMG International Case Competition showcases agile thinking and tests the ability of teams to come up with interesting solutions to real-life problems.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Wake Forest against some terrific competition,” said Jose Rodriguez, KPMG Regional Professional Practice Partner and Wake Forest University Schools of Business Board of Visitors Member. “The Wake Forest students demonstrated an impressive array of skills as well as effort and teamwork, and we offer our congratulations to them.”

For more information about the KPMG International Case Competition, click here.

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International.”) KPMG International’s member firms have 140,000 professionals, including more than 7,900 partners, in 145 countries.

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