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WBC PBL Stands Out at State Competition


Williams Baptist College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda competed at the state conference on April 10-11, and once again the organization brought home numerous awards and achieved Gold Chapter status for the second year in a row.  While at the Little Rock meeting, 16 Williams students qualified for the national competition, which will be June 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

PBL is the collegiate extension of the Future Business Leaders of America.

Jeff Manuel, a junior business major and WBC’s PBL president for the 2014-2015 academic year, said he is excited about the opportunities the organization provides.  “Williams’ PBL has continued to inspire me to be the best that I can be, to allow me to feel the power of success and to have the greatest achievement of my life: a very powerful network of friends and future employers.  I am proud to be a Williams Baptist College business major.”

Heather Parson, PBL sponsor and assistant professor of business added that she is thankful for the students and their effort.  “They worked very hard to prepare for the state competition and I am so proud of their performances.”

In order to become a Gold Chapter, PBL units must meet certain expectations.  WBC’s PBL participated in more events at the state competition, interacted with local FBLA chapters and business professionals, completed community service projects and raised money for charity to realize the golden status for the second time.

Williams’ PBL earned overall chapter honors with a first place finish by Jeff Manuel in Multimedia Display and a fourth place finish by Hannah Morgan in the Annual Report category.

Taking part in open competitions, which are not national qualifying events, where Morgan Hatcher with a third place finish in Business Etiquette and Caleb Hicks with a third place finish in operating systems.

To qualify for the national conference, students must win first, second or third place in testing categories, or first or second place in presentations events.

WBC students earning first place honors in national qualifying categories were: Jeff Manuel, Josh Consemiu and Erin Strong (Business Presentation); Curtis Jackson and Hannah Mullins (Financial Services); Taylor Galloway and Megan Weick (Hospitality Management); Caleb Hicks (Information Management) and Hugo Frutos (Strategic Analysis and Decision Making).

Second place winners were: Morgan Hatcher and Matt Crews (Business Ethics); Mullins, Galloway and Jasmin Washington (Business Presentation); Consemiu (Contemporary Sports Issues); Mitchell Dennis (Justice Administration); Hatcher, Jeff Morris and Kevin Hennings (Marketing Analysis and Decision Making) and Crews (Sports Management and Marketing).

Third place recognition went to: Goza and Michaela Thompson (Business Decision Making); Jon Walker (Contemporary Sports Issues); Ryan Bauschlicher, Edwin Irungu and Cade Liebhaber (Financial Analysis and Decision Making) and Thompson, Frutos and Cherith dos Santos (Small Business Management Plan).

Taking fourth place were: Andrei Leal (Client Service); Hennings, Weick and Hannah Morgan (Community Service); Leo Li (Entrepreneurship Concepts); Jackson, Goza and Khalil de Lima (Financial Analysis and Decision Making); de Lima (Financial Concepts); Manuel (Help Desk) and Bauschlicher (Sales Presentation).

Those placing fifth place were: Liebhaber (Financial Concepts); Cogan Ford (Organizational Behavior and Leadership); Morgan (Public Speaking) and Hunter Broadway (Sports Management and Marketing).

While at the conference, Grant DeProw, a WBC alum and business adjunct teacher, was also named the Business Person of the Year.  The esteemed award is given to the individual who has volunteered their time to help a local PBL chapter.  DeProw has served as an adviser, event coach, donor and chaperone for Williams’ PBL.

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