BYU accounting team competes for national finals

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The BYU Accounting team is competing in the PwC Challenge Competition for a spot as the fifth finalist in the Tax National Finals in Washington, D.C. (John Barrick)
The BYU Accounting team is competing in the PwC Challenge Competition for a spot as the fifth finalist in the Tax National Finals in Washington, D.C. (John Barrick)

A team of students from the Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management competes for the finalist position of the 2014 PwC Challenge Competition.

Team Lotus Solutions won the BYU campus competition last month. Team members Corbin Stott, Ben Green, Mckell Anderson, Hayden Holbrook and Adam Mahas beat 13 other teams. Stott and Green are graduate students in accounting, and Anderson, Holbrook and Mahas are junior accounting students.

Their winning presentation was recorded and sent to a panel of judges.

More than 1,000 teams compete at 95 campuses across the country, with 4,400 student participants. An independent panel of judges has already selected four finalists in the Tax Competition: Binghamton University, Bryant University, Penn State and Texas A&M.

These teams have already been invited to compete in the Tax Nationals Finals competition held in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15 and 16. The judges left the fifth finalist spot to be determined by a vote on Facebook.

Associate professor of accounting John A. Barrick said, “Lotus Solutions is up against three other semifinalists — teams from University of Bentley, Syracuse University and Washington & Lee.”

The team that will fill the remaining spot in the finals will be chosen by a nationwide vote via a contest on the PwC US Careers Facebook page. All four teams have submitted a one-minute video describing how participating in Challenge taught them teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Mahas said he is confident and feels that they have a great shot at winning the competition. “We have a really dynamic team and a really unique solution,” Mahas said.

Team Lotus Solutions has already reached out to local newspapers and influential community figures in an effort to generate momentum.

The team with the most votes at the end of the voting period will earn the last spot at the PwC national finals event. The voting period runs from Nov. 17 at 5:00 p.m. to Nov. 21 at 11:59 p.m.

The video was uploaded and open to the public for voting on the PwC Facebook page at 3 p.m. on Monday.

Click here to vote for Lotus Solutions and support BYU in this challenge.

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