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Wake Forest students took the top spot in the annual Templeton Business Ethics Case Competition, held at Stetson University Feb. 21-22. Pennsylvania State University took second place, Clemson University placed third, and Elon University secured fourth. The top four teams received cash prizes and trophies.

As host of the competition, Stetson did not compete.

“We started hosting this competition five years ago because we saw a rising interest in co-curricular programming that gives students relevant, practical experience in solving business ethical and legal dilemmas,” explained Jim Beasley, Ph.D., professor of management and co-director of the event. “Over the years, our cases have ranged across several areas of business activity from employee rights issues to environmental issues to this year’s gender equity case.”

Undergraduate students from 20 invited institutions across the U.S. and Canada had the opportunity to analyze and present arguments on a contemporary business issue.

Other participants this year included: Belmont University, Campbell University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Georgetown University, Iowa State University, Jacksonville University, La Salle University, Northern Illinois University, Simon Fraser University, St. Mary’s University, St. Petersburg College, University of Calgary, University of Florida, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of North Dakota, and University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Teams were given two weeks to prepare and submit an executive summary and a visual presentation. Teams made an oral presentation to a panel of judges. Bracket winners then delivered a final eight-minute oral presentation to the entire body of judges in a session that included all conference attendees, members of the Stetson University community, and the public.

Through the generous support of Troy and Sissy Templeton, the Stetson Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative within the School of Business Administration sponsors the Templeton Case Competition each spring.

Russell and Elin Kunz, Stetson University, Boulevard Tire Center, SAGE Publishing and Schrimsher Properties were contributing sponsors of the event.

Representatives from top Central Florida companies volunteered their time to serve as judges for the two-day competition, including: Mark Alexander, founding partner, ADB Legal; Bobbi Baugh, independent studio artist; Yvonne Chang, director, Club Management and Regulatory Affairs, Disney Vacation Club; Paula Christopher, CAO and managing partner, The Christopher Group; Randall Croom, assistant professor of management, Stetson University; Helena Dabrowski, director of finance, Sunshine Ace Hardware; and Paul Dascher, retired dean, Stetson University School of Business Administration.

Also volunteering were Theo Etzel, CEO and owner, Conditioned Air; Brent Gibbs, principal counsel, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, U.S.; Elin Kunz, certified health care compliance specialist; Debbie Lashinsky, retired senior director of I. T., Ryder System, Inc.; Ed Patricoff, partner, Shutts & Bowen; Jack Phifer, former managing partner, Moroch Partners; Gino Santos, president, AMN Distributors; Steve Schrimsher, partner, Schrimsher Properties; and Barb Button Shepherd, CEO and publisher, The West Volusia Beacon.

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