TCU Accounting Students Take First in Grant Thornton Competition

Ben Warren, Demi Fritz, Lalita Sundarrajan, Sam Witherspoon and Hunter Pallasch teamed up for back-to-back wins in the Grant Thornton Metroplex Case Competition. The TCU Neeley team competed against students from the University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Dallas. 

All of the teams received the case in mid-October, worked on their answers, and then made a 30-minute presentation to judges at the Grant Thornton office on October 27, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Judges included Grant Thornton professionals, a client and a member of the Dallas CPA Society. 

“Our team was professional and poised, even as they addressed challenging questions from the panel of judges,” said Renee Olvera, associate professor of professional accounting and advisor to the team.  “The judges commented to me after the presentation that our team was well prepared, polished and provided insightful comments.”

“We were challenged to understand the details of the case and how to apply our classroom knowledge as well as learn about new topics relevant to businesses today,” Pallasch said. 

“I enjoyed the opportunity to again analyze a detailed accounting case while applying concepts in the classroom to this simulated scenario,” Witherspoon said.

Pallasch, a TCU Master of Accounting student, Witherspoon, a junior accounting major, and Fritz, a senior accounting major, were on the winning team in last year’s Grant Thornton competition. 

“It was a great experience to be a member of the winning team last year, but this year it was even more rewarding to take the lead and win again,” Pallasch said. 

“The competition was tough again this year, so I am very proud of the hard work we put in to come away on top,” Witherspoon said. 

“The past year I have learned so much. I really noticed that throughout the preparation process,” Fritz said. “I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish to repeat our success this year.”