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Texas Tech Students Named Finalist in Nationwide Banking Competition

by - May 19, 2017

The Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University is pleased to announce a team of finance students have been named as finalist in the nationwide 2017 Community Bank Case Study Competition, facilitated by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.


Student members include: Vincent Atchison, Taylor Hadsall, Eric Lamm, Alex Priest and Sara Van-Sickle. The students partnered with Centennial Bank in Lubbock, TX.  Dr. Scott Hein served as the team’s faculty advisor.


“With the establishment of the national community bank case study competition, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors has done a wonderful service enriching both community banks and higher education. This year’s competition was built around the importance of people in community banks. The case study provided a wonderful opportunity for Rawls Finance undergraduates to see this importance of people firsthand in their study of Centennial Bank. The team was also able to give back to Centennial Bank by providing a “millennial’s” perspective on the future of community banking. The fact the team was selected as a finalist in the competition provides wonderful external validation of the value of their work,” said Hein.


The Texas Tech team is among five college teams out of 33 that are advancing as finalists in the bank competition. The other student teams represent Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Iowa State University, Kutztown University (PA), , University of Akron (OH).


The Texas Tech student team is competing for a chance to win scholarship money, an opportunity to present their case at the CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking Research and Policy Conference, and an opportunity to have their work published. The first, second and third place winning teams will be announced Thursday, May 25 live via Twitter during the annual state and federal banking regulator forum in New Orleans.


The Community Bank Case Study Competition is an annual competition that provides undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the field of banking by partnering student with local banks to conduct original case studies on a specific topic. The 2017 competition focused specifically on management and board succession planning at local community banks.


More information about the 2017 CSBS Community Bank Case Study Competition is available at www.csbs.org/bankcasestudy.