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SAM Students Make History

Three Ohio Northern University students made history this year at the Society for the Advancement of Management’s (SAM) International Business Conference, held in Las Vegas, Nev.

For the first time in the five years that ONU has been participating in the SAM conference, ONU students were recognized for their outstanding work. Senior marketing and management major Justin Frazer of Middletown, OH, senior management major Michael Lodestro of Falconer, NY and junior management major Jaki Dunham of Lima, OH comprised the team that earned fourth place in the case competition at this year’s conference.

SAM is both a student organization and a professional organization. The case competition is made up of three divisions: two for undergraduate students and one open division for graduate students. The team of Frazer, Lodestro and Dunham participated in the undergraduate division along with about fifteen other teams.

Teams were tasked with a case study about Wynn Resorts, LTD. They read and analyzed the case, then determined recommendations for the company’s future based on questions determined by Wynn Resorts founder and owner, Stephen Wynn. They were then given 15 minutes to present their analysis and recommendation and ten minutes for questioning by the audience.

Two nights later, at a formal awards dinner, Frazer, Lodestro and Dunham were awarded fourth place in the competition. Each team member cites a valuable lesson they’ve learned from this process.

“This process was pretty similar to the senior capstone process, so I’ll have some experience when I start working on that next year. That will be a big advantage,” says Dunham.

“I really applied myself to this project. It showed me that I’m capable of doing good things when I really try,” Lodestro says.

“For me, it was great to take the theory we learn in the classroom and apply it to a real-life company. It was neat to see that happen,” says Frazer.