Students Excel at NABA Case Analysis


Sawyer Business School students competed on teams placing first, second, and third in the National Association of Black Accountants Student Case Analysis Competition hosted by the University in November 2007.

Teams of four to six students research an accounting-related issue during the competition and devise a solution to the problem.

Business School Professors Morris McInnes and Sushil Bhatia co-wrote the Genzyme case that students analyzed. The teams were asked to quantify the benefits of Genzyme’s award-winning “green” corporate center in Cambridge in view of significant stockholder actions by Carl Icahn.

Suffolk students on the first-place team were:

  • Eric Compaore
  • Issam Chleuh
  • Newton Omebere-Iyari

On the second-place team

  • Ka Chan
  • Mysherisa Binjaku
  • Zlatelina Bezheva

On the third-place team

  • Yacine Omichessan
  • Christelle Ouedraogo

Business School faculty worked with the students to plan for the competition under the leadership of Accounting Professor Gail Sergenian. 

“It was so rewarding to watch the students develop over the few weeks they met,” said Sergenian. “In addition to working on analysis and presentation skills, they were placed with a different group each week to prepare them for working with total strangers at the competition.

History of success

Since 2001, Suffolk student teams have won first place in both undergraduate and graduate divisions of the annual Case Analysis Competition held by National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) student chapter.

The judges hailed from major public accounting and financial services firms, other Boston-area corporations and the Business School faculty.

University alumni who are members of NABA’s professional chapter were prominent on the many committees that worked for months to plan the competition.

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