Flores MBA Team places fifth in KeyBank Case Competition

(from left to right) Sujan Adhikari, Katherine Dukes, Ronald Cossich

(from left to right) Sujan Adhikari, Katherine Dukes and Ronald Cossich

March 1, 2019

CLEVELAND, OHIO – For the second year in a row, a team of LSU Flores MBA students placed fifth out of 32 teams in the 15th Annual 2019 KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition at KeyBank headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

The team developed and presented on a never-before-used case topic that addressed real business issues with varied implications: “Developing Small Dollar Lending/Deposit Advance Product.”

LSU’s team included Sujan Adhikari, Katherine Dukes, and Ronald Cossich with Luke Cashen serving as an advisor.  Sujan Adhikari is a second-year MBA from Lamjung, Nepal, Katherine is a first-year MBA/JD from New Orleans, La. and Ronald Cossich is a first-year MBA from Gonzales, La.

Thirty-two teams from prominent schools across the country competed for prizes of $1,000 to $10,000. The three-person teams were evaluated on the quality of presentation, the creativity of strategy recommendation, and the effectiveness of a Q&A session. Executives from KeyBank judged the one-day, two-round competition.

Flores MBA program director, Dana Hart, attributed the team’s success to their thorough dedication, preparation and education.

“Our team’s continued success in this highly rigorous case competition is a testament to the high-caliber education and leadership skills taught at LSU,” said Hart. “The Flores MBA program produces graduates that are greatly equipped to handle real-life business situations.”

“Our team members come from three different educational backgrounds: Finance, Law and Engineering. We were able to complement each other and analyze the case through a multitude of lenses,” said Sujan Adhikari. “Presenting our case solution to the executives of KeyBank in the final round and discuss our analysis with them was a great experience. The skills that I learned over the process will be invaluable as I start my professional career upon graduation.”

The competition, sponsored by KeyBank and coordinated by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, took place Feb. 22-24. The KeyBank Minority MBA Case Competition is designed to give MBA students an opportunity to develop important professional skills such as analyzing and responding quickly to complex business issues while learning from the expertise of business executive judges and moderators.

About KeyBank

Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $135 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.

About the Flores MBA Program

The Flores MBA program rigorously prepares students to enter the business world with an advanced degree from a premier university. We offer cutting-edge course work, personal counseling, and outstanding job opportunities at an exceptional value.


Elizabeth Eaton
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business