HUDSON BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1949

BACKGROUND GUIDE

Topic Summary

The Hudson Motor Company went bankrupt in 1954 as a result of a combination of difficulty recovering from WWII and growing competition from “The Big 3” – Ford, GM, and Chrystler. World War II dramatically affected the economy of the United States, and Hudson was unable to adapt in the midst of the post-war period; corruption and poor management, in addition to a slew of other corporate-level problems, pushed the company into a unrecoverable state. Over the course of the weekend, members of the Hudson Executive Board will go back in time to see if, and to what extent, corporate- and business-level strategies can be revitalized to save the company from its impending destruction. Each session will last approximately a year in time, and directives passed towards the end of each session will guide the committee over the course of the weekend; the choices the board makes will ultimately drive the currently struggling motor company to glory or failure.

This committee will be run differently from a standard Specialized committee. Instead, each session will begin with an update of the situation and the committee will pass one directive addressing this update. The choices of the committee will impact the content of future updates.

Kent Hutchison

Dear Delegates,

It is a tremendous honor and privilege to welcome you to ILMUNC! My name is Kent Hutchison, and I will be serving as your Chair for the Hudson Board of Directors, 1949 Committee. I am truly excited to chair this unique committee, and want to be as accessible as possible in the months leading up to conference.

Come this spring, I will be a senior in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in Finance and Global Analysis. Model UN is a passion of mine, going back to my high school days at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Last year, I had the great privilege to serve as the Secretary-General of UPMUNC, the University of Pennsylvania’s collegiate-level conference (and ILMUNC’s sister conference). Two years ago, I served as an Under-Secretary-General at UPMUNC 49. This year, I am incredibly pumped to be chairing Hudson Board. I could not think of a better way to wrap up my time in Model UN than with this exceptional committee!

When you join the Hudson Board, you join an organization in dire need of innovation and decisive decision making. This committee promises to be extremely fast-paced, taking the best elements of a traditional crisis committee and bringing them to life in a more challenging, higher quorum setting. Over the course of the four days of debate, our staff will work hard to ensure that this committee is exciting, difficult, and, more than anything, fun for delegates! 2018 will be my senior year, so if I’m not fun by now, I guess I’ll never be.

I am extraordinarily excited to meet each and every one of you this spring! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns whatsoever. My email is kent.hutchison4@gmail.com. Also, hope you are enjoying high school. What a cool time.

Yours in Diplomacy,

Kent Hutchison

Chair, Hudson Board of Directors, 1949
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Risha Rohera

Dear Delegates,

I am so excited to welcome you to ILMUNC XXXIV’s Hudson Board of Directors, 1949! The ILMUNC Secretariat and Staff have been working incredibly hard to ensure that this will be a weekend of a lifetime, and I can safely assure you that it will be.

I’ll start off with a little bit about myself: I am a junior in the Wharton School studying Finance and Operations, Information and Decisions, and I am originally from Manhattan Beach, California, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles. My interest in Model UN sparked in my sophomore year of high school and has carried on throughout college. In November of 2017, I had the distinct pleasure of serving as the Secretary-General of UPMUNC 51, Penn’s college Model UN conference and ILMUNC’s counterpart. While not doing MUN-related things, I spend my time searching for good açaí bowls or vegan restaurants in Philly, jamming to pretty much any kind of music that has a solid beat, and running short distances at a pretty moderate pace (it’s the effort that counts, right?).

The Hudson Board of Directors is a dynamic committee that will function differently from those you have seen in the past. It’s not exactly an ECOSOC or a Crisis committee, but rather one in which elements of the two will be combined into a stellar “CrisisSOC.” The situation you will be dealing with is such: after World War II, the Hudson Motor Company fell victim to immense competition from other innovating automobile companies and faced crippling debt. It will be the job of the Board to overcome such obstacles by utilizing various creative tactics and corporate-level strategy to restore the company to its former glory. Be sure to read the Background Guide and conduct research on your own in order to fully understand your portfolio powers and the numerous facets of the situation at hand.

I am truly honored to be running this committee with your Chair and one of my best friends at Penn, Kent Hutchison. Serving as the Secretary-General of UPMUNC the year before me, he has been an incredible mentor to me throughout my time at Penn, and I cannot wait to work with him to provide you all with the committee experience of a lifetime. Additionally, I am so honored to be working under the exceptional leadership of your Secretary-General, Matt Simon; he actually lived two doors down from me during our freshman year and has continued to be someone I respect and spend a bunch of time with to this day!

Get ready for an immense amount of pressure and intensity, but also a ton of fun. Feel free to ask us any questions whatsoever throughout the duration of the weekend, whether it be about committee, Penn, or life in general! Until then, if you have any questions, reach out to your star USG, Owen Abaatu, who will be sure to provide you with any extra details you may require. See you soon!

Best,

Risha Rohera

Moderator, Hudson Board of Directors, 1949
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference