Stonehill Accounting, Finance Majors Find Success at John Hancock Competition

September 28, 2016

A group of seven Stonehill accounting and finance majors recently ventured to Boston to compete in the annual John Hancock Business Case Competition and one of them – Tsz Yan Chan ’18, a double-major in accounting and foreign languages – was on a team that walked away with one of the first place awards, which came with a $500 prize.

“I always stress the idea that there are no magic formulas or recipes to solve all the problems they will have to face in a company,” said Business Professor Virginia Cortijo, who advised the team for the competition. “I felt really proud to see my students conduct themselves in such a professional way.”

The students/ alumni who participated in the competition were Tsz Yan Chan ’18, and Michael Abrahamian ’17, Kevin Dick ’18, Alyssa Viets ’17, Miranda Arena ’18, Zachary Matthews ’17, Maxwell Kennedy-Reid ’17 along with alumni Tom Linden ’15 and Laura Chotkowski ’15.

The John Hancock Business Case Competition is a one-day off-campus event for accounting majors who anticipate graduating between May 2018 and May 2019. Students selected from area business schools have the opportunity to compete and spend the day at John Hancock’s corporate office in the Seaport District.

The students were placed onto teams that consist of current members of the John Hancock CPA Development Program and summer interns from the U.S. Finance Division and John Hancock Investments (Mutual Fund complex). The business cases they work on require participants to think critically, to collaborate, and to present their findings/recommendations to a panel of judges selected from leadership throughout the company. Judges select the top two teams. First-place team members will each receive a cash reward, and the students from the winning teams will be guaranteed an interview for either a summer internship opportunity or the John Hancock CPA Development Program.

“My goal is to teach students concepts that they can build on throughout their professional lives,” said Cortijo. “I’m glad I could witness how they were able to apply the concepts we learn in the classroom to real life problems.”