The first MBA Leadership Case Competition was held March 28-29, 2014, at Ball State University in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. The event was sponsored by Mursix and Ontario Systems and organized by the Ball State University Master of Business Administration Association (MBAA). The case asked students to examine leadership as it relates to sustainability and labor practices. 

2014 Competition: Participants

Front row, pictured left to right: Leah Logan, Jesse Blanton, Komal Shahzad, Deborah Wright, Abby Covert, Elaine Meinzer, Divakar Dev Singh, Eric Klosterman

Back row, pictured left to right: Noah Grayson, Noel Bartlett, Tim Gholson, Donald ‘Breck’ Terheide, Hassan Nawaz Gondal, Leanderson Favero, Peter Schubert, Jamal Mokeddem, Kosta Kontoyiannakis, Melissa Case, Rick Taylor, Kunal Banerji


2014 Competition: First Place 

1st place: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Pictured left to right: Divakar Dev Singh (president, Ball State MBA Association), Hassan Nawaz Gondal, Komal Shahzad, Leanderson Favero, Deborah Wright (Ontario Systems), Abby Covert (vice president, Ball State MBA Association)

2014 Competition: Second Place 

2nd place: Eastern Michigan University

Pictured left to right: Jamal Mokeddem, Elaine Meinzer, Melissa Case, Kosta Kontoyiannakis, Divakar Dev Singh (president, Ball State MBA Association)

2014 Competition: Third Place 

3rd place: Ball State University

Pictured left to right: Tim Gholson, Jesse Blanton, Noel Bartlett, Divakar Dev Singh (president, Ball State MBA Association)

Participating Schools  

  • Ball State University: Noel Bartlett, Jesse Blanton, Tim Gholson
  • Eastern Michigan University: Melissa Case, Kosta Kontoyiannakis, Elaine Meinzer, Jamal Mokeddem 
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne: Leanderson Favero, Hassan Nawaz Gondal, Komal Shahzad


Thank you to our 2014 judges for donating their time and expertise.

  • Noah Grayson, principal senior vice president, Walker
  • Peter Schubert, director, Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rick Taylor, human resources leader, Delaware Dynamics
  • Donald ‘Breck’ Terheide, captain, Criminal Investigation Division, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department 
  • Deborah Wright, director and people services operator, Ontario Systems