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April 12, 2022

Thomas College students take top honors in international business contest

Thomas College students won top awards once again in this year’s virtual International Business Conference, held by the Society for the Advancement of Management last weekend.

Jake Warn standing outside a building with reflection
File photo / Jim Neuger
Thomas College student Jake Warn

Student Jake Warn, the entrepreneur behind an online planner for snowmobilers called SledTRX, finished first in the business pitch competition for his app, while a team made up of George Dakin, Addison Landon, Gwyn Perlmutter and Abbey Violette finished second in the written case study competition.  

The case study revolved around the Jacksonville Jaguars football team, and the challenge of creating a strategy to engage consumers who are not season ticket holders or casual fans.

The Society for Advancement of Management is the country's oldest management organization, with international headquarters in Huntington, W.V., and its operations office at The Villages, Fla. The annual contest allows students to showcase existing skills and hone skills for future success in business.

College students around the world compete each year, and this marks the fifth straight year that Thomas College students have placed in the competition. 

Competition categories include a case study presentation, a written case study, an extemporaneous speech, a business pitch and a knowledge bowl.  

“The student team demonstrated an outstanding positive attitude and work ethic in representing Thomas College in an international business school competition," said Rick Saucier, a Thomas College professor and co-coach. "Their results show Thomas College business students can compete with anyone in the world and that they are receiving a first-class education right here in Maine." 

Student competitor Dakin, who hails from Stockton Springs, said, “This experience has opened my eyes about how competitive the business field is and pushed me to see how much I have grown and learned at Thomas throughout the last three years. I couldn’t have been more honored to represent the Business program.”  

Fellow team member Perlmutter, of Springfield, Mass., said, "The opportunity to represent the college is an honor and I couldn’t wait to show the competition what I’m made of.”

Thomas College, based in Waterville, is led by President Laurie Lachance, who was a Mainebiz Next List honoree in 2015 for her contributions to Maine's economy. Thomas College’s H. Allen Ryan School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in areas including accounting, business administration and entrepreneurship.

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