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Trio advances in business analytics case study competition

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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – A team of three first-year students in the Westminster College School of Business will move on to the next round of the Pitt Business Analytics Case Study Competition hosted by the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration.

Michael Brilla of Burton Ohio, Thomas Howell of Pittsburgh and Frankie Manios of Warren, Ohio, advanced from the preliminary round to the semi-final round of the national analytics competition hosted in conjunction with Dick’s Sporting Goods. The team will travel to the Dick’s Sporting Goods corporate headquarters in the fall for the chance to win up to $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

The Westminster trio will compete against teams from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Michigan State University, Indiana University, Penn State University, Christopher Newport University, Howard University, Temple University and West Virginia University. This is the fourth year of the national data-driven strategy challenge.

Brilla and Manios are double majoring in sports management and marketing and professional sales, while Howell is a sports management and business administration double major.

The sports management program at Westminster aspires to engage in learning opportunities beyond the New Wilmington campus. This year sports management students have collaborated with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a sales partnership and worked a Pittsburgh Steelers game at Heinz Field with Landmark Event Staffing.

For more information about the sports management program at Westminster College, visit our sports management web page or contact program coordinator Dr. Robert Zullo at 724-946-6835 or

Pictured from left are Michael Brilla, Thomas Howell and Frankie Manios