First Interstate Partners with University of Wyoming in Community Bank Case Study Competition

May 27th, 2016

A team of students from the University of Wyoming Business College was named one of the finalists in a prestigious national banking competition.

The UW team is among 12 other participants to make it to the final round of the 2016 Community Bank Case Study Competition. Part of the “Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference” hosted by the Federal Reserve System and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, this nationwide competition provides undergraduate college students an innovative approach to the study of community banking. This year’s competition focused on the impact of small business lending efforts by local community banks.

Teams submitted a paper and 10 minute video that assessed the impact of financial institutions’ small business lending efforts, evaluated institutional management of small business lending practices, and analyzed how small business lending affected financial performance.

The UW team collaborated with First Interstate Bank of Laramie on their study. First Interstate Bank Loan Manager Mike Peck acted as the team’s liaison and serves as an adjunct instructor in the UW College of Business.

We’re proud of our Laramie, Wyoming team and the UW students for all their hard work in showcasing their academic prowess and the importance of community banks. Congratulations to the UW team—Brooke Benigni, of Fort Collins, Colo.; Travis Brammer, from Sterling, Colo.; Jordayn J. Dalby, of Laramie; Garrett Dietz, from Prosper, Texas; and Aspen M. Ruane, of Windsor, Colo.