(l. to r.): Eric Gross, Diana Solis, Mariah Maestas, RuthAnn Tibbetts and Patrick Adams.

Last week in San Francisco, Calif., marketing students at the UNM Anderson School of Management took top honors in the 2013 American Petroleum Institute Adventures in Energy Case Competition.

UNM emerged the winner after topping the University of Findlay and Florida Institute of Technology, the other two top teams who qualified to travel to San Francisco for the finals.

Following the presentation, the student team including Patrick Adams, Eric Gross, Mariah Maestas, Diana Solis and RuthAnn Tibbetts, received a round of applause for their presentation skills and impressive research.

"These competitions are a great educational experience for our students," said Anderson Dean Doug Brown. "They enable them to associate with others who are at the top of their game."

John Benavidez and Nick Flor, who mentored the students, said they couldn't be more proud of how these students represented Anderson and the marketing program.

This is the second time in three years UNM has impressed the judges at the API competition. In 2011, a team mentored by John Benavidez and Catherine Roster was also awarded the top prize.

The Anderson School marketing program has a history of beating top-flight colleges and universities in national competitions. In recent years the program has won competitions sponsored by Cadillac, Subaru of America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The winning team will receive a week-long, all-expense paid internship in Washington D.C. with API and its website vendor, Story Partners, to prepare the redesigned Adventures in Energy website for launch according to the team's winning design.

Media contact: Steve Carr (505) 277-1821; email: scarr@unm.edu