Global Competition Winners

Wayland Baptist University’s Dr. Jason Geesey (left) worked with students Jonathan Darnell (center) and Sebastien Tremulot on the global Business Strategy Game this semester. Darnell and Tremulot finished the game with a No. 1 overall ranking.

PLAINVIEW, Texas (BNM) – Jonathan Darnell, from First Baptist Church, Artesia, will graduate this semester from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, with a degree in business administration and a minor in Christian studies. With marriage plans in December and a move planned back to New Mexico, Darnall anticipates beginning a business career after graduation.

Darnell and teammate Sebastien Tremulot from France will face their job searches with résumés padded with a world-class accomplishment. Tremulot earned a degree in business administration, specializing in economics and finance.

Darnell and Tremulot’s team finished in a tie for the No. 1 ranking in a global Business Strategy Game (BSG). They competed against over 5,000 sections from over 49 countries. Business schools use the game to train students to make management decisions. Teams compete as a shoe company, and receive evaluations based on earnings per share (EPS), return on average equity (ROE) and stock prices.

The game lasts for 10 weeks. Darnell and Tremulot earned a top 100 ranking the first week and continued to build on their performance. They spent five weeks with an overall No. 1 ranking. It is the first time in WBU history that a team held a No. 1 overall ranking at any point in the contest. Dr. Jason Geesey, associate professor of marketing, said the top-ranked finish is a testament to the team’s hard work.

“We made decisions about everything,” Tremulot said. “Marketing, production, distribution … we weren’t working with people, but we were deciding how to pay them. It’s as close to a real-life experience as we could have.” The team completed the final week with an EPS of $40.70, an ROE of 67.2% and a stock price of $917.66. The finish earned them an overall score of 110.

Darnell said the experience reinforced everything he learned in the classroom. “I learned about earnings per share. I learned about return on equity. I learned about the debt to income ratio. I learned how a financial sheet worked, but I didn’t do anything with it,” Darnell said. “This was cool because I got to take all the things I’ve learned here at Wayland and put them into a very practical experience.”

During his college years, Darnell attended College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview.

Joy Pittman is circulation assistant with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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