Newly Reinstated FBLA-PBL Places Third Overall at State Conference


By Colleen Lentile

The College of Business (CoB) shined all across the board at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) State Leadership Conference this past weekend in Glen Allen, Va. at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center. James Madison University (JMU) placed third in overall number of awards received, winning 10 awards.

FBLA- PBL, which was just reinstated at JMU this semester, strives to help students gain a competitive edge in the business world by allowing them to compete in state and national competitions.

“I thought we did really well considering we have only been an official organization for a few months and this is my first time advising this specific organization,” said Yovan Reyes, FBLA-PBL’s advisor and Assistant Director of the CoB’s Academic Services Center. “As a new organization, we were going through the process of getting everything together, recruiting new members and preparing for State Competitions while everyone focused on their studies.”

Congratulations to the following students who placed first, second or third in their respective competitions: Shelby Friend (Human Resource Management and International Business); Chloe Huang (Management Analysis and Decision-Making); Maura Prisco (Economic Analysis & Decision-Making  and Accounting Principles); Danielle Muller (Economic Analysis and Decision-Making); Kyle McLaughlin (Macroeconomics); Laurel Eaton (Organizational Business Communications, Behavior & Leadership and Local Chapter Report); Anand Persaud (Local Chapter Report); Jake DuHadway (Local Chapter Report); and Gianna Marie Arango (Retail Management).

“Moving forward with FBLA-PBL, I'd like to recruit more students in general, but also a more diverse range of majors so that we can begin to compete in additional events that we did not get a chance to this last conference,” said Reyes.

The students are looking forward to competing at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga. this summer and are eager to gain new members in the coming semester.

“[The students] are able to not only form genuine connections but [they also] gain invaluable experiences in leadership and career development,” said Reyes. “[Being a member of FBLA-PBL] enhances the student’s educational knowledge and assists in building a solid portfolio to go along with their degree.”

Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2018

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