OCU team wins national Business Analytics contest

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —

OKLAHOMA CITY – A team of students from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business recently won the annual Business Analytics Competition hosted by Manhattan College in New York.

The team from OCU included Lauren Snare, Tyler Laurick, Ben Kelly and Charlie Freeman. The team advisor is Jacob Dearmon, economics professor and director of the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Data Analytics at OCU.

With the help of a staff of students, the center conducts research for clients in a variety of areas including businesses, governments and non-profit organizations. The students present their work to the clients once the project is complete.

“I am so proud of our students,” Dearmon said. “Their analysis appealed to both academic and industry judges alike; namely highly targeted, value-added recommendations based on sound technical analysis communicated in a visually appealing way.

“As our students wrestled with the

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