More than 1,800 of America s best and brightest college students traveled to the
historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their
talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $79,000
in cash awards.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest
student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville
on June 24 27. Participants from across the United States and two countries were in
attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand
their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive
All of the students representing Madisonville Community College placed in the top
15 of their competitive events. Tara Moore and Corey Rolley from Madisonville Community
College received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27.
Tara and Corey competed in Hospitality Management and brought home first place in
the nation. Hospitality Management is an important aspect of business and society.
This area includes involvement in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industry. It
involved a written test that evaluated marketing concepts, operations and management
functions, human resources, customer expectations, legal issues, financial management
and budgeting and environmental and global issues. The top 15 scores then performed
a demonstration scenario that evaluated professionalism, teamwork, decision-making,
and problem-solving skills.
Deanna Hall, Daniel Frankel, and Ernest Roundtree from Madisonville Community College
also received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 27. This
team received fifth place in Strategic Analysis amp; Decision Making. This event
evaluates the mission, vision, and objectives for developing policies and plans for
business and industry. It also examines the strategic ramifications of such topics
as executive compensation, e-commerce, the Internet, entrepreneurship, ethics, cultural
diversity, and strategic alliances. The event consisted of both a written objective
test and a performance based scenario.
As advisers, we could not be more proud of the way our students represented Madisonville
Community College, said Kim Simons and Clarissa Hill.
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. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity
of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves
in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended
motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 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 Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.fbla-pbl.org.