Three SAU-PBL members win awards in national competitions

SAU PBL 2013 national award winners

SAU PBL members Drake Frisby, from left, Andrew Sawyer, and Vincent Oliver all brought home medals from recent National Leadership Conference competitions.

Three Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter members from Southern Arkansas University recently won national awards at the 2013 National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim, Calif.

The winners from SAU included Andrew Sawyer, a sophomore accounting major, who won first place in the Microeconomics event; Eric “Drake” Frisby, a senior finance major, who won third place in the Microeconomics event; and Vincent Oliver, a May 2013 graduate in marketing, who won seventh place in the Computer Applications event. Along with the three bringing home trophies, Sawyer earned $500 and Frisby $100 for their wins.

The conference offers PBL members the opportunity to compete in 50 different events representing the focus of FBLA-PBL on business and leadership development. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards are selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of more than 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest students from across the nation.

In total, six chapter members and chapter advisers Dr. Gerald Plumlee and Traci Hughes attended the four-day conference. They participated in numerous leadership workshops, national competitive events, and national officer elections. SAU PBL members that attended included:  Frisby, of El Dorado, Brandon Groce of Benton, Briti Nakarmi of Nepal, Oliver of Bentonville, Jason Rakes of Rogers, and Sawyer of Paris, Texas.

SAU PBL NCL 2013 attendees

Left to right: SAU PBL students and advisors who attended the NLC in Anaheim, Calif. Included Dr. Gerald Plumlee, Jason Rakes, Drake Frisby, Vincent Oliver, Brandon Groce, Andrew Sawyer, Briti Nakarmi, and Traci Hughes.

Hughes was recognized for serving the first year of a three-year term on the FBLA-PBL National Awards Program (NAP) Committee. The NAP committee oversees all competitive events for FBLA and PBL.

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the national business education association that prepares students for their future careers. Its members, belonging to more than 6,000 chartered chapters, include students from the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Phi Beta Lambda is the post-secondary division of Future Business Leaders of America. PBL members rely on corporate sponsorship, donations, and fundraisers to cover the expense of attending the National Leadership Conference. Membership is open to all interested students. For more information about PBL contact the SAU-PBL chapter at (870) 235-4300.

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