Four Students Honored at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

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Four students from Eastern Kentucky University received awards at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference for their work on business-related projects.

Dalton Stanley and Daniel Bevins, both from Pikeville, each earned second place in the category of business presentation and ninth place in business decision making. Rachel Keys, Taylorsville, received fourth place in the help desk category. Wendi Smith, Pikeville, earned 10th place for desktop publishing. Also attending the event was Alex Martin, of Richmond.

“These students have done a phenomenal job with Phi Beta Lambda this year,” said Dr. Marcel Robles, faculty adviser for EKU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda and professor in EKU’s Department of Management, Marketing and International Business. “Their leadership, teamwork and initiative have been incredible.”

The students were among more than 1,600 college students nationwide who attended the conference, hosted by Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), in Chicago June 24-27. They attended the conference to showcase their talents as future business leaders and vie for the opportunity to win more than $81,000 in cash awards.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

After competing and winning several first-place awards at the state level during the Spring Leadership Conference at the University of Pikeville, the EKU students were eligible for the national level competition. EKU was one of the best-performing schools in Kentucky at the national conference this year, Robles said. She considers it a true accomplishment, since the University’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter was only re-established in 2014-2015 after a two-year hiatus.

At the conference students were also able to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events. They heard motivational speeches on a broad range of business topics, attended educational workshops, visited a packed exhibit hall and toured Chicago.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. 

Published on July 07, 2015

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