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NSHMBA and PepsiCo Announce the Case Competition Finalists competing at NSHMBA's 2015 Conference

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The National Society of Hispanic MBAs and PepsiCo Announce the Case Competition Finalists Competing at the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo


IRVING, Texas, Sept. 3, 2015 – Today the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) officially announced the finalists for the Case Competition sponsored by PepsiCo. This program is a unique event designed to give high-powered MBA student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities in a formal competition.


As part of the competition, teams are given a hypothetical business case to develop business solutions for a current operational, marketing or financial challenge. Each student team then prepares and presents its case before a panel of experienced business leaders from PepsiCo. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the likelihood of their recommendations and the value of their presentations. Though three teams are usually selected, this is the first year four finalist teams were chosen due to the effort and capability of the teams.


“We love to challenge MBA students with real-world scenarios, and NSHMBA’s Case Competition is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and capabilities to PepsiCo," said Thomas Savino, NSHMBA Interim CEO. "NSHMBA is excited to host this challenging event and proud to have an industry leader like PepsiCo serve as its sponsor for the past 3 years.”


Richard Velazquez of PepsiCo stated, "I'd like to thank all the student teams that entered the PepsiCo NSHMBA Case Competition. The entries were top quality and highly competitive. The results were so close we've decided to invite an extra team to present at the National Conference in Chicago. Congratulations to the top four teams!"


Final presentations will take place during the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo October 8th-10th in Chicago. Watch these future leaders in action on Thursday, October 8th starting at 7:30 am.


The four finalist teams presenting are:


1.        Northwestern University

• Business School - Kellogg School of Management

• Team Name – #NowStreaming

• Team Members - Laura Araujo , Giuseppe (Joe) Verde, Marco De La • • • Torre, Abigail Staples

2.        University of South Carolina

• Business School - Darla Moore School of Business

• Team Name – #Bubbly Solutions

• Team Members – Galen Labotka, Kyle Jansen, Taimour Khan

3.        Northwestern University

• Business School - Kellogg School of Management

• Team Name – Inspire

• Team Members – Amrit Chavada, Siddharth Deekshit, Khushboo Kumra

4.        Northwestern University

• Business School - Kellogg School of Management

• Team Name – #PepsInvent

• Team Members - Ritwik Manan, Annie Doan, Ishvaria Raman, Michelle Udezue


The winning team will be selected at the conference. All participating finalists will be provided travel and accommodations and all will attend a special reception and dinner. To view the Case Competition's full information, visit:


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About the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo

The NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo is a 3-day event created to fortify connections within the Hispanic community, through a variety of recruiting opportunities with thousands of recruiters and hiring managers from Fortune 500 companies. This year NSHMBA is excited about being sponsored by Nationwide, the Lincoln Motor Company, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and GMAC. MBA students, graduates and professionals will be able to explore top-choice job opportunities and can even get hired on the spot. Attendees will also be able to benefit from professional development, on-site career management services, and many networking events. For more information on the 2015 NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo, visit


About the National Society of Hispanic MBAs
NSHMBA formed in 1988, as a non-profit organization aiming to empower Hispanics to achieve their fullest educational, social, and earning potential. NSHMBA serves the Hispanic community and its constituents through a national network of 40 chapters and hundreds of community partners across the United States and Puerto Rico covering 100 percent of the Hispanic community. NSHMBA is dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership, advocating the pursuit of higher education and providing its members with world-class professional development and career management programs. For more information on NSHMBA, visit

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola – make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit