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.