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Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York proudly announces that it student team, Norman Teitelbaum and Andrew Weissman, won first-place at the 2001 Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) International Conference's Student Case Competition.

We faced some great competition but felt confident we had developed a winning strategic plan", said Andrew. Norman added, "Although this was very challenging, it was one of the most meaningful educational experiences I ever had." Dr. Fredric Mayerson, Professor of Business at Kingsborough and Faculty Advisor to the college's SAM chapter, expressed his admiration for these two outstanding students in their successful quest for the national championship in the competition. "This represents the first time that a community college has won this prestigious award" he said. The Rutherford Trophy was placed on display at Kingsborough to acknowledge the team's achievement.


The Society, founded in 1912 by colleagues of Frederick Taylor, the Father of Scientific Management, is the oldest professional management association in the world. SAM focuses on the development of managerial skills through the dissemination of information in its publication, the Advanced Management Journal, and other activities held throughout the year. It is comprised of business leaders, academicians and students from around the world. The 2001 annual conference, "Managing in the Internet Age", held in Las Vegas on March 18-21, examined how this dynamic global technology has influenced marketing systems and organizational strategies.

Over twenty five college chapters from across the country participated in the competition in which students had to analyze a management case about Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. and address its strengths and weaknesses. Their task was to develop a comprehensive five-year strategic plan and present their analysis and recommendations to a panel of four judges comprised of business leaders and academicians.

At the concluding banquet SAM's International President, Dr. Moustafa Abdelsamad, Dean of the College of Business at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, presented the Kingsborough team with the James Rutherford Trophy and a plaque recognizing their selection as the 2001 first place winners. Kingsborough Community College was one of only three community colleges to participate in the 2001 event. "

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Department of Business
(718) 368-5555


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