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Williams PBL Wins Six National Awards


Williams Baptist College business students have returned from San Antonio, Tex., after winning six awards at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference. Nine WBC students won the national awards in individual and team events June 24-27.

"This year's group of students was particularly focused on the competition," said Summer DeProw, chair of the Williams business department and sponsor of the college’s PBL chapter. "They really practiced their presentations and studied for their exams prior to our departure for San Antonio."

WBC’s Justin Daubert, Justin Hawkins and Jeremiah Nance competed in Human Resource Management and brought home a second place. Human Resource Management is a team event consisting of a 100-question qualifying exam and a final round case analysis. The event tests the competitors' knowledge of labor law and employee selection, motivation, performance appraisal and strategy.

Nance also earned a seventh place in Strategic Analysis and Decision Making. The event, which is also and exam and analysis, tests the competitor’s knowledge of overall management that advances a company's market position.

Mari Pinedo and Ryan Bauschlicher received a third place in Business Ethics. In the Business Ethics event, competitors are required to develop a case that fits a particular theme. This year's theme was financial institutions, and Pinedo and Bauschlicher presented a case on Lehman Brothers, Inc., and its contribution to the recent recession.

In addition, Pinedo earned a seventh place in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, an exam and analysis event which tests the competitor’s knowledge of marketing and ability to make strategic marketing decisions.

Morgan Hatcher, Hannah Hodges and Matthew Schweri competed in Business Presentation and took fifth place. Business Presentation is a seven-minute presentation that follows a particular theme, and this year's theme was college graduate online profiles and job interviewing.

Clint Stout won ninth place in Database Design and Applications. The event requires a student to complete a timed hands-on database design and a 100-question exam.

DeProw noted that the leadership of seniors was a big boost to WBC’s effort this year. "Pinedo, Daubert, Hawkins and Nance mentored the lower-level students throughout the competition," she said.

More than 1,700 students from across the United States and two other countries attended the conference in San Antonio. PBL is the collegiate wing of Future Business Leaders of America.

The national competitive event program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In addition to the competitions, students at the conference immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Williams business students have placed at the national competition for seven years in a row. The WBC students earned the right to compete at the national level by placing highly at the Arkansas PBL conference this spring. In addition to DeProw, the event was attended by Heather Parson of the WBC business faculty.

The WBC business department offers bachelor’s degree majors in business administration, computer information science and finance.

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