Five Students Win Wikler Case Competition
A group of five students won the 2011 Wikler Case Competition on Friday, April
15, 2011, after weeks of preparing to compete against six other peer groups. The
groups argued a case titled, “Valuation of AirThread Connections” to judges earlier
in the day. The case, which came from Harvard Business Publishing, involved the
acquisition of AirThread Connections, a large regional cellular provider, by American
The competition provided an opportunity for students to showcase their abilities,
while simulating roles in the financial management profession. Each team developed
and supported a solution and a strategy for the real-world organization’s issue.
Eric Kuang, Cindy Li, Christine Perry, Bryan Huang and Alex Wang won first place
in the competition and $1,000 each. They were presented a check by Joseph Wikler,
a judge and the sponsor of the competition.
Wikler, a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale University, is a private investor
currently serving as a director of Oppenheimer Family of Mutual Funds and numerous
privately held companies. He also serves on the Investment Committee of the Associated
Jewish Charities of Baltimore. Wikler was a consultant for the T. Rowe Price Small-Cap
Value fund for many years and was the director of research and chief investment
officer for the Rothschild Company.
“I started this competition to help the undergraduate program. I believe that
incentives matter,” Wikler said. “I think incentives make students work harder,
and in turn it is a much better result for teachers. I really like the way the competition
has been integrated into the program at Smith.”
Other judges of the competition included Peter Clyne, vice president of mergers
and acquisitions for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Services;
Jay Gouline, president of Springlake Corporation and Mayfield Associates, LLC; and
Alex Triantis, professor of finance and the chair of the finance department at the
“All of the teams did a great job and we were really proud of all the effort
that went into these smooth presentations,” Triantis said.
Jessica Bauer, Office of Marketing Communications