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Thomas College Students Win Top Awards at International Business Competition

WATERVILLE, MAINE, March 2024— Thomas College students won top awards once again in this year’s Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) International Business Conference this past weekend in Orlando, Florida.

The Thomas College team placed second as a team, third place for case study presentation, and three students Preston Moody, Jade Crowell, and Addison Landon made the Knowledge Bowl finals with Landon finishing in second place. Landon was also recognized as the top individual student performer in the competitions. They were coached by Thomas College professors Dr. Rick Saucier and Dr. Jono Anzalone.

This annual series of competitions, reaching back over 40 years, is organized by the Society for Advancement of Management, the oldest management organization in the country, and provides an opportunity for students to showcase existing skills and further develop fundamental skills for business success. College students from across the globe compete each year.

The full Thomas College team of Daniel Brewer, of Casco, ME; Tanner Herrick, of Norway, ME; Jade Crowell, of Greene, ME; Preston Moody, of Winslow, ME; and Addison Landon, of Bangor, ME, competed in categories consisting of a written case study, a case study presentation, a knowledge bowl, an extemporaneous speech, and a business pitch.
“The competitions were especially challenging this year as the number of colleges submitting student teams were at an all-time high for the conference,” said Thomas College professor and competition advisor Dr. Rick Saucier. “Many SAM representatives commented to me how exceptional they considered our students. Thomas College is being considered as highly regarded in the business management academic circles.”
“Congratulations to our students for their remarkable achievements at the SAM conference. Their ability to excel in such a competitive environment speaks volumes about their skills and determination,” said Thomas College professor and competition advisor Dr. Jono Anzalone. “At Thomas College, our approach to business education goes beyond traditional classroom teaching. We focus on experiential learning, case studies, and real-world projects, ensuring that our students are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of the modern business world. Daniel, Addison, Tanner, Jade, and Preston set a shining example for the entire Thomas College community!”

This is the seventh year in a row that Thomas College students have placed in the SAM competition.

“I’m excited about this win because this is the best I’ve done in the SAM competition. After three years, I’ve finally won first place overall in the undergraduate division,” said Landon.

“My favorite part of the competition was watching our team grow and succeed as we moved through the competitions over the weekend — showing that Thomas College students can compete internationally,” said Brewer. “It feels good to be winners. Thomas consistently succeeds at the SAM conference, and it is nice to keep that tradition going.”

“Placing well in this fairly large competition has been an incredible experience that has boosted my confidence in my skills,” said Crowell. “The Thomas College SAM team worked extremely hard going up to the competition, putting in long hours to better our performance, and being able to see that translate into success was so fulfilling.”

“The competition allows for me to sharpen my business skills, whether that be networking, organizational analysis, presentation giving, and more. These skills that I have developed at the conference will propel me into the workforce,” said Herrick.

“The part I enjoyed most was the competitive spirit of all the schools and the eagerness to succeed,” said Moody.

Thomas College’s H. Allen Ryan School of Business is award-winning and has undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, management and more. Learn more here.

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