UTSA business students win future global leaders competition

Global Leaders

Pictured from left are Kyle Burns (president and CEO of Free Trade Alliance San Antonio), UTSA student Ryanne Vela, UTSA student Christopher Abowd, Jorge Canavati (vice president of business development, Port of San Antonio), UTSA student Ryan Zapata, Gloria Andrade-Merrell (education committee chair, Free Trade Alliance) and St. Mary's University student Luisa Rodriguez

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(May 13, 2010)--The Free Trade Alliance San Antonio recently collaborated with the International Business Plan Program, a community partner, to encourage international awareness, develop a global perspective and foster the entrepreneurial spirit of local students. The program provides students exposure to real-world business experience to help them develop a global mindset and pursue careers in international business to become our community's global leaders.

UTSA was well represented in the program with seven students from the College of Business on the final list. The juniors and seniors pursuing the bachelor of business administration degree are Ryan Zapata, Ryanne Vela, Christopher Abowd, Lourdes Michelle Munoz, Randolph Scott, Danielle Montes and Vera Shamanina.

First place in the Future Global Leaders Business Plan competition was won by Ryan Zapata, Ryanne Vela and Christopher Abowd from UTSA and Luisa Rodrigues from St. Mary's University. The students were teamed with Sarah Sanchez, a mentor from H-E-B's global sourcing department. The team developed an internal marketing plan for H-E-B, initiating an internal strategic alliance between H-E-B Cooking Connections and the global sourcing department. The plan was focused on H-E-B's innovative competitive advantage to showcase their globally sourced products through the Cooking Connection kiosk.

The program would increase consumer awareness, basket size and overall gross profit by $100 million within five years. The winners received several awards including a $2,500 cash prize divided among team members, a one-year student membership in the Free Trade Alliance and the Global Leaders certificate. An awards luncheon was April 27 with representatives from participating schools joining the students to support them in this important success.