Sujan Adhikari, Michael Sonnier, Keller Quinn and Quentin Virgets
Full-time MBA candidates, Sujan Adhikari, Keller Quinn, Michael Sonnier and Quentin Virgets traveled to Champaigne, Illinois to represent the LSU Flores MBA Program at the 2018 Illinois MBA Strategy Case Competition on Feb. 8-10.
Twelve schools from across the United States were invited to participate in the exhilarating competition. Participants had 24 hours to analyze a complex business strategy case and present to a panel of judges. This year’s sponsor was Lockton Companies Inc., the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage firm, providing insurance, risk management and employee benefits solutions.
The live case was centered on Lockton’s desire to learn about various strategies they could implement in order to better anticipate certain marketplace disruptions. Lockton tasked each MBA team to present what processes they should implement now in order to maintain a competitive advantage in the insurance brokerage industry and stay close to their cultural competencies.
The Flores MBA team recommended that Lockton implement automated insurance coverage planning and processing as a way to free up associates’ time allowing them to focus on more of a relationship maintaining role with customers. Associates could then develop into business process consultants, making recommendations to improve process efficiencies and reduce risks associated with insurance trends of the firm, industry and Lockton’s client portfolio.
After attending his first case competition, first-year, full-time MBA candidate Keller Quinn shared, “Taking on a live business case was very rewarding. We were given real information and a real problem, and we attempted to solve it with the strategy we have learned in the LSU MBA program.”
While the Flores MBA team did not advance to the finals, second-year, full-time MBA candidate Michael Sonnier won a Best Q&A award in his division.
Sonnier shared, “I was honored to earn the Best Q&A award at the 2018 Illinois Strategy Case Competition. While the competition throughout the weekend was fierce, this award has reassured me that the LSU MBA Program is on the right track. I look at this award, not as a personal accomplishment, but one that the entire program can pride itself on as it has helped equip me with the tools to be an effective communicator of professional endeavors. The work we are involved with in our curriculum has shown my teammates and me that we are eclipsing other leading MBA programs in areas such as professional development, informed decision making and leadership.”