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 events.

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