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UT Arlington Student takes Top International Honors in Business Competition

CHICAGO, Ill., November 20, 2017: Ryan Su, of the University of Texas at Arlington, won an international business simulation competition last weekend, beating business students from 104 universities across 14 countries. Ryan took top honors in the 2017 Capsim Fall Challenge from five other finalists in an intense, eight-hour competition last Saturday.

Ryan, who majors in marketing, plans to study for his MBA after he graduates. He first used Foundation Business Simulation in Professor Dwight Long's class. "Foundation helped me increase my business knowledge by showing me how I can apply it in a competitive business situation," he said. He registered for the Capsim Challenge because: "I enjoy competing with students from other schools." Ryan is the second of Professor Long's UT Arlington students to win the competition.

The biannual Capsim Challenge is open to all students who have completed a Capsim business simulation in the preceding semester and attracts thousands of competitors worldwide. The top six teams compete to see who can run the top corporation in a high pressure, zero sum environment. They are assessed using a Balanced Scorecard, ensuring the finalists succeed on a range of business parameters, not just the bottom line.

According to Capsim President, Reda Chafai: "Descartes said understanding requires intuition and deduction, and a business simulation provides practice in both. It has the financial information students need to deduce what the competition is doing—and how to respond—and offers the experience they need to develop their business intuition. Ryan has demonstrated he has what it takes to make a great manager—one who understands business from many different angles."

Luke Courtright, Coordinator of the Capsim Challenge, said "there is an impressive level of professionalism and dedication in our finalists. They enter the competition on their own time, at a very busy time of year, and give it all they've got. Winners like Ryan show they can work in a pressured environment, making decisions, analyzing data, and getting results fast. He's got a solid start for a successful career in business."

Finalist results for Capsim's Fall 2017 Foundation® Challenge:

Rank Name Professor School Score
(out of 1000)
1 Ryan Su Dwight Long University of Texas at Arlington 738
2 Brandon Benatar Frances Scholtz Monash University 706
3 Troy Jones Timothy Florer Iowa State University 632
4 Cara Robinson Marko Horn Valdosta State University 568
5 Alex Scheele
Benjamin Mangas
Brian Rohrs
James Zeigler
Bowling Green State University 421
6 Seth Blaser Derick Rhoton Brigham Young University - Idaho 317

About Capsim Management Simulations, Inc.
For more than 30 years, Capsim Management Simulations programs have created rich learning environments for both academic and corporate participants, giving them the opportunity to practice the skills necessary to build successful companies. More than a million participants at 600 business schools and corporations have built their business acumen through Capsim learning experiences. Visit www.capsim.com for more information and a complete list of past winners of the Capsim Challenge.

Luke Courtright, Capsim Management Simulations, Inc.
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