Department of Accounting Wins National Case Competition; First School to Best Two Most Important Student Accounting Competitions

UNLV Lee Business School wins IMA case competition
Jul. 12, 2017

UNLV Lee Business School’s Class of 2017’s brightest accounting students, led by professor Danny Siciliano, recently took top honors at the annual Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) National Case Competition. The team comprised of Marion Canestrier, Kevin Curry, Annie Bellorin, Andrea DeBrino, and Daniel Dinev garnered $5,000 for their win ($3,000 as finalists and additional $2,000 for the grand prize). This year marked UNLV's first time participating in the competition. The case focused on cost allocations, performance evaluation and compensation, and the evaluation of a potential acquisition candidate.

The competition was split into two phases. The first phase required a video submission where students presented their case analysis. From there, IMA judges determined four finalist teams to present their cases live at the annual conference in Denver.

In total, 22 teams from 18 schools participated and the other three finalists – University of Southern Indiana, Wright State University, and American University of the Middle East - were previous competition winners.

“This win is evidence of and a clear indication of the Department of Accounting’s effort to connect the application of classroom study to real-world issues and prepare students for the workplace,” said Brent Hathaway, dean of Lee Business School. “Furthermore, our students are also to be commended. They are not only smart, but also very driven and really put in the time necessary for this win.”

This is an exceptional achievement for an accomplished group of students who earned degrees in accounting this past May and have now started careers with Deloitte, EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Eide Bailley.

In addition to this victory, in 2014, a team of accounting students led by Siciliano won the AICPA Accounting Competition presented by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Lee Business School accounting student teams are now the first to win both of these prominent national student accounting competitions, both of which were on their first attempts.