Finance Students Win People's Choice Award

May 2, 2012


BUFFALO, NY - Celly Sticks, a business plan team which includes Canisius College finance majors and ice hockey players Preston Shupe ’13 and Torrey Lindsay ’13, won the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the New York State Business Plan Competition on Thursday, April 26 in Albany. Mary Kay Copeland, visiting assistant professor of management at Canisius College, served as the team’s advisor. 

Shupe and Lindsay intend to launch Celly Sticks as a company which provides hockey players with high-quality hockey sticks that are customized with the team’s logo and player name and number at a lower cost than other sticks of equal quality.

Twelve teams from Canisius participated in the event, which is one of the largest business plan competitions in the country. The students were also accompanied by Patricia A. Hutton, PhD, professor of economics and finance; and Melinda Rath Sanderson, executive director of the Canisius College Women’s Business Center. 

Canisius College is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders - intelligent, caring, faithful individuals able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.