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TWU places first at national business plan competition


 EMBA winners

Photo credit: Ronda DuTeil
The winners of the 2013 Small Business Institute®’s Graduate Business Plan competition are, from left: Mara Ferguson, Amanda Ortez, Dr. Jay Mabrey, Brandie Owen, Dr. John Nugent and Mary Tiernan. Sumanjali Shrestha is not pictured.

DENTON — A business plan created by six recent Texas Woman’s University Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) graduates won first place in the 2013 Small Business Institute®’s Graduate Business Plan competition.

December 2012 EMBA graduates Dr. Jay Mabrey of Dallas, Mara Ferguson of Lantana, Amanda Ortez of Sherman, Brandie Owen of Roanoke, Sumanjali Shrestha of Dallas and Mary Tiernan of Little Elm won for their final group capstone project, “Joint Improvement Consulting Team, LLC,” a business plan for offering more efficient total joint replacement.

“Working on this project reinforced our belief that hospitals, insurance companies and providers must work together if we want to provide better care to our patients,” said the group’s spokesperson Dr. Mabrey, chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for Baylor University Medical Center.

Dr. John Nugent, associate professor of business and economics and interim chair of the TWU School of Management, served as the faculty supervisor for the project.

“Winning this competition is a testament to the quality of our Executive MBA students and the work they are capable of in class and in their daily professional lives,” he said.

The national Small Business Institute® is considered the premier organization dedicated to field-based student consulting and outreach to small businesses. For more information, visit

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