OCU Student Scott Mazzaro Third in World Contest

Scott Mazzaro, a junior business student at Ohio Christian University, finished tied for third in the international Business Strategy Game, the world’s leading business strategy simulation.

As a result, the Cincinnati resident currently is leading an OCU three-person team, which includes Brittany Martin of Mansfield, and Jillian Weimer of Howe, Ind., in the Best-Strategy Invitational, which should be concluded Friday. By Tuesday, the team, which operates from their homes because of summer break, also is third in the team competition.

“It’s a joy to play this game, especially in this next round as a team,” said Mazzaro, who also spends his summer vacation working as a groundskeeper at the Vineyard Golf Club in Cincinnati and as a referee for basketball games. “And, it’s a great feeling for all of us to represent Ohio Christian University on such an immense stage,” he said.

“Scott is one of a very few who can juggle a variety of concepts to develop a successful business strategy,” said Dr. David Garrison, chair of OCU’s Business Department. “That’s really the only way you can succeed, and he is one excited kid.”

This business strategy simulation is taken by thousands of university students across the globe every year as a means of demonstrating students’ management competency. Because he posted the third highest score in the world, Mazzaro was listed in the Global Top 100.

“This is a first for an Ohio Christian University student,” said Dr. Mark Smith, OCU president. “Under the leadership of Professor Garrison, our business programs are competing on a national, and now international stage.”

Dr. Garrison marveled at Scott’s accomplishment and has stated that the OCU team has bright prospects in this world-wide invitational “because of Scott’s demonstrated ability and the high performance of Brittany and Jillian who also competed with Scott earlier this semester.”

“When he approached me to ask about the contest, I frankly was not certain of his ability,” Garrison said. He arranged for Mazzaro to go on-line with Gregory Stappenbeck, one of the authors of the game. The result: “He told me Scott is really good.”

Mazzaro, who graduated from Christian Center Academy in Cincinnati, spent a year and a half at Anderson University before transferring to OCU on the advice of his high school basketball coach, Jamie Batton, himself an OCU graduate.

At OCU, the unassuming Mazzaro is a utility player on the baseball team of Coach Bruce Crabtree. Upon graduation he would like to continue to manage numbers by becoming an accountant.

Following a commitment to continuous improvement, the two original authors of The Business Strategy Game, Art Thompson and Greg Stappenbeck, began work on the first edition of the simulation in 1989. Since the release of the first edition in 1990, there have been seven totally reprogrammed new editions. With each edition the authors have been dedicated to keeping BSG on the cutting edge both technologically and academically.

In 2003, Mark Reidenbach joined the author team and the 8th edition, BSG-Online, was released in August of 2004. A number of important website and program enhancements and upgrades were implemented throughout 2005, and in August of 2005 Chris Harms and Ira Thrasher joined the author team. The authors and publisher are constantly working to improve BSG-Online to accommodate and take advantage of new technologies and to leverage the learning opportunities that the simulation offers.

Article by David Amey of the Circleville Herald