Eight students compete to be next 'Associate'

CBE students tackle weekly tasks, hope to avoid elimination

TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 23, 2006)—The second installment of The Associate is under way.

After a successful initial competition last spring, the College of Business and Economics launched a second round Tuesday night with eight new candidates and Frank Bramble, member of the Board of Directors for Bank of America, serving as Donald Trump.

At the initial meeting, the two female and six male candidates introduced themselves and learned their team assignments.

Team Money Talks (pictured right with Bramble, from left to right) includes Peter Sclafani, finance; Santiago Hernandez, finance; Brandon Mabry, marketing; and Ankur Ponda, finance and international business. Competing against Money Talks is Team Venture (pictured below left, from left to right), which includes Erica Barry, marketing; Derek Henry, finance; Courtney Anderson, international business; and Matthew Haggerty, economics.

“My experience and drive make me the guy you want in the batter’s box in the bottom of the ninth inning,” Henry told the judges in his speech.

During his turn, Hernandez offered his business philosophy: If you treat every customer as though they were your only customer, you have gained their trust and a customer for life.”

Following speeches by the candidates, Bramble along with colleague Art Casserly, President Robert Caret and Ed Hale, who served as last year’s Trump, offered advice and well wishes to the new competitors. 

"We expect you to deliver a good product,” Bramble told them. “We expect that you will work as hard as you can.  The key to success is teamwork.  You are in an interesting situation; you are trying to be the last one left here standing.  First, you have to figure out how to be a good teammate."

The candidates also received their first of many tasks, to provide a competitive analysis of Baltimore real estate firms and their projects in the city for Hale Properties, LLC.

The two teams will present their cases to the company on Sunday, then head to the boardroom to learn the first elimination on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Stephens Hall, room 216.

Last year’s The Associate ended in a two-way tie between Amanda Knott and Reanna Tarleton. Both Knott and Tarleton, along with Associate candidates Steve Kruskamp and Matthew Leebel currently work for Hale at either 1st Mariner Bank or Hale Properties.

This year's winner will be announced Tuesday, April 18.



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