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Business Students Take National Honors

6/30/2011

Business students at Williams Baptist College have returned from national competition in Florida, sporting a half dozen new awards for their trophy case. Among the honors was a first place finish for senior Brad Harris of Jonesboro, Ark.

The Williams students were among over 1,700 college students from around the country who converged on Orlando, Fla., June 23-26 for the annual convention and national competition of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL).

Competitions in a wide range of business categories gave participants the chance to showcase their talents as future business leaders, as well as vying for over $90,000 in cash awards.

National PBL Winners: (L-R) Chris Waldrop, Justin Hawkins, Justin Daubert, Danny Adams and Brad Harris.

WBC’s Justin Hawkins, who is from Flippin, Ark., competed in Sports Management and Marketing and brought home tenth place. To earn the award, Hawkins competed against students who are products of large university sports management and marketing programs. Competition in the category involves completing a 100 question objective exam in one hour.


Danny Adams from Tuckerman, Ark., competed in Database Design and Applications, winning sixth place. To place in the event, Adams participated in a database production exercise and a 100 question objective exam.

"This is a historic win for WBC and our Computer Information Science program. We have participated in this event for several years, but Danny is the first student to place nationally," said Summer DeProw, Williams Department of Business chairperson.

Justin Daubert of Essex, Mo., competed in Human Resource Management and took fifth place. Human Resource Management is a case analysis and exam event. The student must score in the top 10 on the 100 question objective exam to qualify for the final round of competition. During the final round, each student is given 20 minutes to develop solutions to a human resource management problem and then present and defend the solution to three judges.

Chris Waldrop of Lake Ozark, Mo., competed in Business Communications and won third place. The event requires a student to write a letter or memorandum about a hypothetical situation in 30 minutes and complete a 100 question objective exam in one hour.

WBC's last two awards were earned by Brad Harris, who is from Jonesboro. Harris competed in Sales Presentation, as well as Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, and he brought home third and first place honors, respectively.

The Sales Presentation event allows a student to develop a seven-minute sales pitch for a product of their choice. In Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, the student must score in the top 10 on the 100 question objective exam to qualify for the final round of competition. During the final round, each student is given 20 minutes to develop solutions to a marketing problem and then present and defend the solution to three judges.

"This, too, is a historic win for WBC. We have competed at the national level for several years, but Brad is the first student to earn a first place," said DeProw. "We are proud of all the students who participate in the PBL competitions at the state and national level, but the 2011 PBL national competition will be one of our proudest moments because it was the department's first for a first place."

The honors were presented during the PBL Awards of Excellence on June 26. The Williams students qualified for national competition by placing highly at Arkansas PBL convention in the spring.

In addition to the competitions, DeProw noted that participants at the Orlando convention took part in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

FBLA-PBL is the largest and oldest student business organization in existence.

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