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FCA US Supports Diverse Talent as Exclusive Sponsor of National Black MBA Association Graduate Student Case Competition


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Competition conducted annually at National Black MBA Association's Annual Conference and Exposition
  • Company has been exclusive sponsor of the competition since 1995
  • Annual event enables talented, high-potential MBA candidates from the nation's leading business schools to compete for $50,000 in scholarships
  • 2016 business case required teams to develop market launch plans for autonomous driving vehicles
  • Team from the University of Michigan earns 2016 national championship, teams from North Carolina State University and Georgia State University finish second and third, respectively

Talented MBA candidates from 34 of the nation's leading business schools competed for $50,000 in scholarships in the 2016 National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Graduate Student Case Competition, sponsored by FCA US LLC.

The NBMBAA/FCA US National Graduate Student Case Competition is an annual event designed to give high-powered student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a formal competition. Teams are given a business case from which they develop business solutions. Each student team then prepares and presents its case to a panel of experienced business executives. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.

The competition is held each year as part of the NBMBAA's Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held this year in New Orleans, October 11-15. FCA US has been an active supporter of NBMBAA for more than 30 years and the exclusive sponsor of the Graduate Student Case Competition since 1995. Over that time, more than 2,200 MBA students have participated in the competition.

"FCA US is proud to continue its support of the National Black MBA Association Graduate Student Case Competition," said Marlin Page, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, FCA US. "The competition is a showcase event for student achievement, allowing FCA US to demonstrate its commitment to identifying, recruiting and developing diverse talent and future business leaders."

This year, the students from the University of Michigan took home the first place trophy as national champions and $25,000 in scholarships. The winning team members were Jamyle Michael, Kae Bradford, Eric Harris and Chidi Nwosu, all current MBA students. The second and third place teams represented North Carolina State University and Georgia State University, earning $15,000 and $10,000 in scholarships, respectively. Winning teams were announced at the NBMBAA's Impact Awards Gala on Friday, October 14. The business case for 2016 required teams to develop market launch plans for autonomous driving vehicles.

About National Black MBA Association
Over the past 45 years, the NBMBAA® has grown from a two-day conference at the University of Chicago to one of the country's largest professional, minority organizations with: 9,000+ members, 45 professional chapters, 35 Leaders of Tomorrow® (LOT®) programs, and more than 300 corporate partners. The organization is dedicated to developing partnerships that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle.

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU" and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol "FCA."

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