PwC Challenge Champions

On November 7th, 45 Providence College students comprising 9 student teams entered the hallowed halls of the Ruane Center for the Humanities to participate in the 2016 PwC Challenge Case Competition.

The winning team poses for a group photo with their mentors and PwC professionals.
The winning team poses for a group photo with their mentors and PwC professionals.

This year’s case addressed the issue of sustainability. The student teams were each asked to develop and present a strategic plan for a company grappling with a difficult environmental challenge.

The teams completed their presentations with the guidance of twelve student mentors, their faculty mentors, and eight PwC mentors who were Friar alumni. After delivering their presentations, each team answered questions about its proposal from a panel of judges, all of whom were Friar alumni and partners with PwC.

According to Friar alumnus John Formica, Assurance Partner and New York Metro Industrial Products Business Development Leader at PwC:

This year’s Challenge competition included a record number of freshmen and STEM majors. PC’s diversity of students really impacted the creativity of the solutions for the case’s Green Light Tire executive team to consider in evaluating the presentations.

Overall, it was another remarkable evening, filled with anticipation, excitement and exhilaration. Although one team inevitably emerged as the overall PC Champion, each student who participated, including the mentors, truly experienced an important learning event.  Hats off to all for another great Challenge event!

While the level of competition at this year’s event was extremely high, when the dust settled, one team emerged victorious: Team Mind the GAAP. The team participants were Christopher Hill (2018 Accountancy), Taylor de Boer (2019 Finance and Marketing), Matthew Hunt (2019 Accountancy), Jillian Sweeney (2019 Accountancy and Management), and Michael McArdle (2020 Finance).

Caroline Haddad (2017 Accountancy and past PwC Challenge Champion), Friar alumnus Nick Sirianni of PwC, and Professor Julia Camp (Accountancy) served as mentors to the team.

An ecstatic Professor Camp remarked after the competition:

The team worked extremely hard preparing for their presentation. In fact, my job as a faculty mentor was easy because they were so well prepared. I am really proud of how they came together and presented in front of the judges! Caroline Haddad was also a big help, and had great insight and experience that she shared with the team.

In addition to the honor of being crowned the “2016 PwC Challenge Champions”, the winning team members received a generous cash prize provided by PwC. They have also been invited to a celebratory dinner hosted by Providence College President Father Shanley and Executive Vice President and Treasurer Father Sicard.

This year’s competition would not have been possible without the support of John Formica, Ann Ulett, Lauren Irwin, and all of the other professionals from PwC who supported and sponsored the event.  We thank them, as well as all of the Providence College faculty, administrators, and student mentors who gave so generously of their time to support this year’s Challenge.

Stephen Perreault

Valerie Peterson