For the 14th time in its 15-year history, a team of M.B.A. students from the Terry College of Business took first place in the annual Georgia Bowl Business Plan Competition, hosted this year on the UGA campus. A business plan crafted by the International Distribution Solutions team of James O’Reilly, Steve Boycourt and Tanner Sheehan beat out plans presented by teams from several other universities, including Georgia Tech, the University of Louisville, the University of Manitoba and the Florida Institute of Technology.
The IDS plan provides warehousing and distribution solutions at the Port of Savannah for small- to medium-sized importers and exporters. It tied for second in the best written plan category, and the team placed first for best verbal presentation. The team’s Georgia Bowl victory qualifies them to compete in other national business plan competitions, including the prestigious Moot Corp competition held in May at the University of Texas.
Third place in the competition was won by the Terry College M.B.A. team developing Webmasters International. The WMI team’s plan to develop, maintain and update client Web sites was judged best written plan, while the team placed second in the best verbal presentation category. Georgia Tech finished second with a plan to manufacture and market special sensors for industrial robots.